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Obituaries

December 18, 2012

Ralph Layton Runkle

NORMAN — Ralph Layton Runkle passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. of cardiac arrest.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in the Chapel of Havenbrook Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Dr. Layton was born in Oklahoma City to Alice and Lowe Runkle. He was named Layton in honor of his great-grandfather, Solomon Andrew Layton, the first major architect in Oklahoma, who designed and built the state capitol, the Oklahoma City Civic Center, the Skirvin Hotel and the University of Oklahoma Library among many others.

Layton grew up in the Crown Heights area of Oklahoma City, and graduated from Casady in 1957. There, he was a National Merit Scholar, and went on to graduate cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in biochemistry. He spent a year at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as a graduate student in microbial chemistry. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1966, where he was a member of the honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Following medical school he did two years of general surgery internship and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to Oklahoma to complete his residency. He was drafted during the Vietnam War and served two years as the Chief of Otolaryngology at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan. He was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by the Army for service as both Chief Otolaryngologist at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

After leaving the service, Layton began private practice as the first Otolaryngologist in Norman. He remained in practice there until 2007. He also held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology. During the last 10 years of his practice, he devoted one day per week to teaching at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Layton was a natural athlete, playing football, baseball and running track. He was a high school All-American Football player, and Oklahoma City Little All-City Player of the Year in 1957. He also was a Little All-City pitcher in baseball, and offered a spot on a New York Yankees farm team. He was a sprinter in track, and anchored the Casady 440 relay team that held the state school class record for a number of years. He also was an accomplished pianist, once considering a career as a concert pianist.

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