Kelly Diane Werlinger, M.D.
Kelly Diane Werlinger, M.D., 32, left this life on Sunday, July 9, 2006, in Montgomery, Ala., after a valiant struggle with depression.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in psychology with honors, Kelly realized her true passion was medicine. She applied and was accepted to UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and graduated with Distinction in R
esearch last month.
Despite her personal struggles and pain, Kelly devoted herself to helping others.
While at Southwestern, she established the Dermatology Interest Group Association so that medical students interested in dermatology would have the opportunity to network and collaborate on research and service projects. The organization has grown and is now a part of 28 medical schools nationwide.
She was also a faithful volunteer at the Agape free dermatology clinic all four years of medical school. She recruited other students to join her, eventually creating a volunteer program.
Kelly was involved in several clinical research projects, including one investigation of the prevalence of melasma in certain ethnic groups in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. Prior to her work, there has never been a community-based study of melasma in the United States.
Kelly, a committed and dedicated doctor, had just begun her residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham-Montgomery.
Her commitment to the field of dermatology was strong and her contributions were greatly appreciated by both colleagues and the grateful patients for whom she advocated. She was a marvvelous, talented person whose compassion touched many lives. She will be greatly missed by her family, colleagues and friends.
Kelly is survived by her mother, Lynn McClish Will and husband, Greg, of Keller; her father, Don Werlinger and wife, Cindy, of Houston; grandparents Duff and Mildred McClish, formerly of Lockhart; brother Gregory Will; aunts and uncles, Diane and Bill Grove, Leilah and Joe Werlinger, James McClish, Dan Werlinger, Diane Werlinger, Dean and Matilda Werlinger, Dale Werlinger, Janell and Brett Jackman; numerous cousins; and other family members and friends.
Visitation with the family will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2006 at the J.E. Foust Funeral Home, 523 Main St. in Grapevine, Texas. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. A burial service will be held at the Smithwick Cemetery near Marble Falls at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Those who wish to honor Kelly with memorials may contribute to the Dr. Kelly Diane Werlinger Depression Research Memorial Fund, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, Texas 76092.
Services entrusted to the care and guidance of J.E. Foust Funeral Home, Grapevine, Texas.