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Founder Of The Children's Clinic Dies

CORPUS CHRISTI - Local pediatrician and founder of the Children's Clinic, Dr. Joseph Oshman, has passed away.
/ Source: KRIS-TV

CORPUS CHRISTI - Local pediatrician and founder of the Children's Clinic, Dr. Joseph Oshman, has passed away.

"I think that I can honestly say he died doing what he enjoyed best," Dr. Edgar Cortes, from the Children's Clinic, said.

Dr. Joseph Oshman, 89, passed away in his office at the Children's Clinic on Alameda. On Wednesday morning the local pediatrician was feeling dizzy, then walked up to his office and collapsed.

Cortes was seeing a patient when he heard people screaming and ran back to the office to help.

"I was on my hands and knees working on him right here. We had all these chairs moved out until the parademics arrived," Cortes said. "Eventually, we had other physicians in here helping, including his son Robert, who was enormously helpful."

Oshman was taken to Doctor's Regional Hospital where he later died.

Oshman is described as a leader and father figure.

He was born in Galveston on June 20, 1920, and he attended Rice Univeristy and then the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He finished his residency at John's Hopkins University.

Oshman was a lieutenant commander in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii for a while.

He visited Corpus Christi and decided he wanted to open a practice here that now includes seven offices in the Coastal Bend.

"His life was utterly and totally committed to helping children. Regardless of the backgrounds or ability to pay none of that mattered to him. He just wanted to help children," Cortes said.

Dr. Oshman is survived by his wife Dolly, their four children and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Seaside Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

Online Reporter: Thomas Piland