A longtime Jasper physician has passed away.

86-year old Dr. Thomas Herbert Gootee passed away Tuesday afternoon at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center where he began his career 60 years ago.  

Dr. Gootee received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1952.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII in the Pacific and earning the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He began his professional career in 1953 as a doctor for Memorial Hospital in Jasper and also served as a primary care physician for the Saint Meinrad Archabbey for 25 years.  In 1960 he and his brother Dr. Francis Gootee opened their medical clinic at the corner of Fifth and Clay streets in Jasper, from which he practiced 45 of his 54 years in medicine.

He served as the Dubois County Medical Officer.  He was an early member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and many other professional organizations.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, the American Legion Post #147, the VFW Post #673, was a 4th Degree member of the Jasper Knights of the Columbus and a member of the Lions Club.

Dr. Gootee is survived by his wife of 63 years Anne.

As well as Five Daughters, two Sons, two Brothers, three Sisters, eight Grandchildren and three Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dr. Thomas Gootee will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.