Bruce Rutherford Stivers, MD, age 77, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November
22, 2014. He was born September 15, 1937 in Peoria, Illinois to Lee J.
Stivers and Margaret Rutherford Stivers.
He served as Class President of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio,
Texas and Student Council Representative at Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Tennessee. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Medical
School in Memphis, Tennessee, during which time he was Class President
all four years. He completed an internship at the University Hospital,
followed by a surgical residency and a fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery
at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Stivers then entered the US Air Force as a Major and was stationed
at March Air Force Base USAF Regional Hospital in Riverside, California
during the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he spent a year
in private practice in San Antonio before joining the Eastern Oklahoma
Orthopaedic Center in Tulsa in 1972.
While in Tulsa, Dr. Stivers served as President of the Tulsa Orthopaedic
Society, as well as President of the Orthopaedic Department at Saint Francis
Hospital. During his time in Tulsa, he was also active as a Clinical Associate
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation for the University
Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, during which time he lectured to the
OU Medical Students in Tulsa. He was active in caring for the area's
athletes throughout his entire career. He was Team Physician for the University
of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, Bishop Kelley High School, Memorial
High School, the Tulsa Roughnecks, and the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL.
Dr. Stivers' professional appointments include Diplomat of the American
Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons, Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine,
Member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, as well as
an Active Member of both the Tulsa County Medical Society and the Sports
Medicine Committee of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.
Dr. Stivers is survived by his wife Angie Hudson Stivers of Tulsa, son
Mark R. Stivers, MD of Roseburg, Oregon, daughter Amy Stivers-Krauter,
MD and her husband Mark Krauter of Tulsa, and son Scott A. Stivers and
his wife Kim Stivers of Tulsa. He is also survived by five grandchildren:
Emma Morgan Childs, Sophie Leigh Childs, Kyle Hopper Payne, Benjamin Dale
Payne, and Joseph Turner Krauter. He was preceded in death by his two
brothers Robert R. Stivers, MD and Wallace J. Stivers.
Dr. Stivers loved his family, the practice of medicine, spending time with
friends, fishing and tying trout flies, gardening, woodworking, and compiling
Presidential history and trivia. He spent as much time as possible enjoying
boating at Grand Lake.
Memorial Services for Bruce Stivers will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday,
November 26, at Asbury Methodist Church, 6767 South Mingo Road in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Stivers requests donations to the University
Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine - Tulsa General Scholarship Fund.