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Joseph Carl Jensen , MD , passed away September 25 , 2020 . He is survived by his wife , Ashley Jensen ; one son , Tyler ( Kristen ) Hill ; one grandson , Hayden , and several extended family members . Dr . Jensen received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1989 . He interned and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ( UAMS ) in 1995 . Following his surgical residency , he continued his training and completed a clinical fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care in 1996 at R . Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore , Maryland . Dr . Jensen practiced in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery at UAMS . He was a gifted surgeon who was part of a team that shaped trauma care in Arkansas while training hundreds of surgical residents during his 24 years as faculty . For 10 years , Dr . Jensen served as the general surgery residency program director and five years as the student clerkship director in surgery at UAMS . He was highly respected for his teaching .

Dr . Richard Curtis Pillsbury , Sr . passed away November 21 , 2020 . He is survived by his wife of 50 years , Janey ; three children , Kimberly Pillsbury Steele ( Nelson ), Richard C . Pillsbury Jr . ( Sarah ), and Megan Pillsbury Hollis ( Ryan ); four grandchildren ; and three siblings . Following in his father ’ s footsteps , Dr . Pillsbury served in the U . S . Army . Thereby earning his medical degree , he interned in El Paso and completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington , D . C . He then moved to Fort Campbell in Kentucky to serve as ENT for 150,000 troops . Fresh from the Army and board-certified in otolaryngology , Dr . Pillsbury opened his medical practice of 30 years in El Dorado , Ark . He was respected in the region as a master diagnostician and also served a stint as chief of surgery for The Medical Center of South Arkansas . Dr . Pillsbury was a member of several professional organizations and was a family man who enjoyed supporting the activities of his children .
Arlee Ervin Pollard , MD , passed away February 12 , 2020 . Dr . Pollard was raised on the family farm , and his early education began in a one-room schoolhouse . From there he progressed to Oil Trough High School , where he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1946 . Dr . Pollard graduated from the University of Arkansas , received his medical degree from UAMS in 1956 , and completed his residency in anesthesiology there in 1959 . He was board certified in anesthesiology and was a past president of the Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists . A dedicated and caring physician , he practiced for 35 years before retiring from St . Vincent Infirmary in 1994 . He loved the practice of medicine and welcomed the opportunity to resume patient care by working part-time at the St . Vincent Community Free Clinic and the Federal Occupational Health Care Unit . He also worked with a group of other retired physicians for 20 years at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Little Rock , retiring from that position in 2018 . Dr .
Pollard is survived by his children Dr . Bill Pollard ( Sharon ) of Conway ; Barbara Bonds ( Steve ) of North Little Rock ; Joe Pollard of Little Rock , and Alan Pollard , MD ( Liz ) of Pine Bluff ; and three grandchildren .
Nathan Leland Dodd , MD , passed away September 25 , 2020 . He graduated from Fort Smith North Side High School in 1962 , attended Fort Smith Jr . College , and then graduated from Hendrix College in 1966 . He obtained a Master of Science in agriculture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville , going on to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree from UAMS in 1972 and completed the residency program in pathology in 1976 . Before going into private practice , he served as assistant medical examiner of Arkansas and assistant professor of pathology at UAMS . Dr . Dodd entered private practice in 1977 in De Queen ; in 1980 , he moved his practice to Hope , and served as medical director of pathology for the hospitals in Hope , Nashville , and Gurdon . In 1985 he moved to Texas and practiced at Wadley Regional Medical Center , where he remained until his retirement in 1998 . He is survived by his wife of 33 years , Sherry ; three children , Kate Tokar ( Travis ), Shannon McGough , and Greg McGough ; and five granddaughters .
Thomas Moore Fletcher , Jr ., MD , a distinguished Little Rock neurosurgeon , died on September 16 , 2020 . He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years , Barbara Dalrymple Fletcher . His first marriage was to Frances Bowman Fletcher , who died in 1984 .
Five surviving children were born to his first marriage : Elizabeth Ann Fletcher ; Susan Fletcher Smith , wife of David Smith ; John Presley Fletcher , husband of Stacy Fletcher ; William Steele Fletcher ; and Jefferson Bowman Fletcher ; all of Little Rock , AR . He was preceded in death by his daughter , Frances Ann Fletcher , and his son Thomas Moore Fletcher , III along with 11 grandchildren . He also embraced Barbara ’ s children , Joseph C . ( Doak ) Walker , III ; William ( Duke ) Walker , husband of Rebecca Leonard Walker ; and Shea Walker Silar ; all of Little Rock , Ark .
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