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Dr. Warren Wood Babcock, Jr., 87, of Rockford, died on December 13, 2018. He was born on October 25, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, to Dr. Warren W. Babcock, Sr. and Edna Wetherald Babcock. Warren graduated from Detroit University School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Michigan Medical School. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Dartmouth and Galens Honorary Medical Society at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Warren married Virginia Kincannon on June 22, 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He served as a U.S. Army Surgeon, U.S. Army Headquarters Japan, from 1961-1963. He was a Special Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery at the Pack Medical Foundation, New York, NY and on the teaching staff in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He was board certified in General Surgery and Otolaryngology.

Warren moved to Rockford in 1967, where he practiced General and Head and Neck Surgery with the Rockford Surgical Service until his retirement in 1997. While in Rockford, he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford and the Chief of Surgery at Swedish American Hospital. His professional memberships included the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society, the Winnebago County Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical and Surgical Societies, and the American Medical Association.

Warren enjoyed a long and rewarding retirement traveling with family, duck hunting, skiing, fly-fishing, and was a member of the Senachwine Duck Club and the Rockford Country Club. He leaves a legacy of helping and healing (with God's help) many people. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife Virginia of 61 years, daughter Carolyn (Andrew) Dun of Lake Forest, Illinois; son W. Wood (Jeanne) Babcock, III of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter Virginia (Douglas) Feeney of Cincinnati, Ohio and seven wonderful grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, sister Kathryn Babcock Hildebrandt and brother-in-law Ted Hildebrandt.

Funeral service is at 11:00am,Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107 with visitation from 10:00 am to 11:00 am prior to the service with Chaplain Tom DeWitt officiating. Family burial in Marsh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Swedish American Foundation, 1415 E. State St, Suite 100, Rockford, IL 61104.

Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Carol Vanlandingham Tuck

    Sad for you, Virginia. Hugs from Florida.

  2. Modesta Alt

    I was so sorry to see of Dr. Warren's passing. He saved my life on Feb. 10, 1970. A reckless driver ran a stop sign and put me through the windshield of my car and back. I was rushed to the hospital for surgery and the Good Lord put Dr. Warren in my care. With severe lacerations, he worked his magic with 258 stitches in my face, reconnecting all of the nerves to where they belonged. Having lost 9 teeth also in the accident, he referred me to his awesome dentist, Dr. Laurence Fitzpatrick, who continued the journey of reconstruction. I want you, his family, to know that I owe my life (and amazing good looks) : ) to him. His compassion for what I was going through at the time (I was 21 and a mother of two) was unbounding. I know he has a high place in heaven, well deserved. May he rest in peace. I will keep him and you, his family, in my prayers. God bless and keep you through this very difficult time.

  3. Dr and Mrs Richard F Novak

    Virginia, please accept our condolences for you and your family on your loss of Warren. It was always a pleasure to be with you both over the years. Warren had a remarkable energy for whatever he did. (Sent from Florida)

  4. William Chapin Senachwine

    Condolences to family especially his daughter, He has been greatly missed at the Senachwine Duck Club these last ten years.

  5. Richard O. Kraft, MD

    Student, colleague, my tutor with hunting and fishing, sharing drinks and deep thoughts, and then not so deep. Virginia, Jean, and Warren and I together so often and looking back not often enough. Memories!

  6. Jane Brooks

    What an amazing surgeon! What an awesome encourager to me during some very bleak days. I am forever in Dr Babcock's debt for his skill, his compassion, and his fighting spirit to never give up. He not only saved my life, he restored my voice, he gave me a future.

  7. Tina Axelson

    I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Babcock's passing. He operated on me July19 1987 and saved my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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