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Dr. Raoul Thomas Kunert “Doc” passed away peacefully at home Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at the age of 77. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., at a later date. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md., 21741-5018.
Raoul Thomas Kunert, M.D., was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Mary and Harry Kunert. He was the youngest of three children. He graduated from Southwest High School, St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and the University of Minnesota Medical School. His last year of medical school was spent as a medical exchange student in England. He did his internship at Cook County in Chicago, Ill. He was in general practice in St. Cloud, Minn., when he was drafted by the U.S. Navy as a medical officer in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and later on Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL) 26 in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
Upon returning to the U.S., Raoul did his residency in pathology at the Mayo Clinic. He then moved to Fort Worth and joined Pathology Associates of Texas in 1972, practicing at Harris Hospital. He married Sandra in 1967. They had two children, Jon Raoul and Michelle Marie. Raoul enjoyed a good game of tennis and was an avid sailor. He had been commodore of the Eagle Mountain Yacht Club and was a member of the Fort Worth Boat Club.
His parents, Harry and Mary Kunert; his brother, Paul C. Kunert; and his sister, Constance “Connie” McInerny, preceded him in death. Survivors: His wife, Sandra; son, Jon Kunert and wife, Valerie; his daughter, Michelle Kunert Arrington; and grandchildren, Caleb Kunert, Samantha Kunert and Sophie Arrington.