Med School Prof, Son Die in Crash
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SHREVEPORT JOURNAL, JAN. 4, 1973, Thursday Dr. Robert Knapp Jr. Paul Knapp Med School Prof, Son Die in Crash A professor at the LSU-Shreveport School of Medi-cine, Dr. Robert D. Knapp Jr., and his teen-age son, Paul, were killed i n s t a n t l y in the crash of their single-en-gine Cherokee 180 airplane about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night near Montgomery, Ala., while attempting to make an emergency landing. According to Montgomery officials, Knapp, 50, and his son, Paul, 16, both of 400 Southfield Rd., were the lone occupants of the plane and reported about 10 30 p.m. to Maxwell Air Force Base just northwest of Montgomery that they were running low of fuel. OFFICIALS SAID that base officials lost contact with the plane as it was making an approach to the air base and that the wreckage was found around midnight some three miles north of the base between Montgomery and Prattville, Ala. Alabama authorities said the two Shreveporters had filed a flight plan from Panama City, Fla., to Shreve-port with stops in Alabama. However, they said the Mont-gomery landing was apparent-ly necessitated by the low fuel since the flight plan did not indicate such a stop. NEWSPAPER officials in Montgomery said the plane went down in a very populat-ed area but did not cause any additional destruction. The front nose section and a wing of the plane were strewn in the wreck area with both bodies found outside the wreckage. It has not been determined who was piloting the craft at the time of the crash. Officials said the two men were apparently returning from a football game in Florida as two ticket stubs were found from the Gator Bowl game at Jacksonville, Fla. DR. KNAPP a s s u m e d duties as professor and head, Department of Family Medi-cine and Comprehensive Care, at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in July, 1971. Prior to joining the local medical staff, Dr. Knapp was affiliated with Mayo Clinic in Roches-ter, Minn. He first was appointed to the Mayo Clinic staff on June 1, 1961, as a member of the Section of Publications. From May, 1963, through June 9, 1964, Dr. Knapp served as editor of the Journal of the American Association for the Study of Headache. He re-signed from the staff of the Mayo Clinic in February of See CRASH, Page 6-A * CRASH From Page One 1971 to assume duties with the local medical school. FROM 1953 to 1959, Dr. Knapp was in the private practice of medicine in Pine-dale, Wyo., where he also was a member of the Teton County Medical Society and the Wyo-ming State Medical Society. In 1959, he moved to Kalama-zoo, Mich., wher hee became associated with the Upjohn Company as a medical writer. Dr. Knapp served in the Medical Department of the United States Army in 1943 and 1944 and with the Army Air Force in 1944 and 1945, holding the rank of First Liutenant at his discharge in June, 1946. Born in El Paso, Tex. on April 9, 1922, he was the son of Katherine Hamblin Knapp and Brig. Gen. Robert D. Knapp. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., Auburn Uni-versity in Auburn, Ala., the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. and Columbian College, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a bachelor of arts in germanie languages and literal me from the latter. HE RECEIVED his medical education at George Washing-ton University School of Medi-cine, and and took his intern-ship at Mary Imogene Basset Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. The author and co-author of numerous articles, papers, and films, Dr. Knapp was a member of the Shreveport Medical Society, the Louisiana State Medical Society, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Aca-demy of Family Physicians and the Association of Ameri-can Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Knapp is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Sperry of Winnetka, Ill.; his father, Brig. Gen. Knapp of Auburn, Ala.; one sister, Mrs. Fred Sapin of Arlington, Va.; and four other children, Rufus Putnam, Robert Bowden, Ju-lian Brannon and Dorothea Ham Win Knapp, all of Shreve-port. Dr. Knapp's 16-year-old son, Paul Morgan Knapp, also killed in he crash, was bora April 18, 1956, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He had attended South-field School since his family moved to Shreveport and was a member of the school's junior dass. Southfield School officials said young Knapp was "one of our most outstanding stu-dents" and was secretary of the Student Council, and had organized and participated in the school's first chess club. A member of the Latin Club and an honor student, the youth was an active member of the school's 1972 basketball team and was photographer for the footbail team for two years. He also held membership in the South Shreveport YMCA Judo Club. OTHER THAN his mother, sisters and brothers, the youth] is survived by his maternal grandimother, Mrs. P h i l i p Marincic; paternal grandfa-ther, Brig. Gen. Knapp; three aunts and three uncles. Funeral arrangements for Dr. Knapp and his son are pending at Osborne Funeral Home but the family requests that any memorials be sent to the Robert D. Knapp Jr. Memorial Fund at LSU Medi-| cal School in Shreveport.
|Title||Med School Prof, Son Die in Crash|
Knapp, Robert D., Jr.
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