Archive for Tuesday, January 8, 1991


January 8, 1991


— Services for Dr. Kenneth E. Godfrey, 72, McLouth, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka. Inurnment will be in the Mount Hope Columbarium in Topeka.

Dr. Godfrey died Sunday at his home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Wirt, Okla. He graduated from high school in Williams, Okla., received his bachelor of science degree from Southeastern State at Durant, Okla., and his doctor of medicine degree from Oklahoma University Medical School, Oklahoma City, in 1950.

Dr. Godfrey served his internship at Wesley Hospital, Oklahoma City, and was in private practice of medicine and surgery at Okeene, Okla., from 1951 to 1960. He moved to Topeka in 1960 and served his residency in psychiatry at the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Menninger School of Psychiatry until 1963. He served as a research associate at the VA Hospital from 1963 to 1964, and served as a staff psychiatrist at the VA Hospital and also was on the faculty at the Menninger School of Psychiatry until he retired in 1989.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945.

He was a member of Lowman United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school. He also was a member of Masonic Lodge and the Arab Shrine, the American Medical Assn., Shawnee County Medical Society, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Assn., Kansas Psychiatric Assn., Mid Continent Psychiatric Assn., Menninger School of Psychiatric Alumni Assn., American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, American Medical Society on Alcoholism, National Association of VA Physicians and was a charter member of the American Holistic Medical Assn.

Dr. Godfrey also was a past chairman on the Committee on Alcoholism, Planning for Comprehensive Mental Health Services in Kansas, was on the board of directors of the Kansas branch of the National Council on Alcoholism, chairman of the Kansas Legislative Council Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and was awarded the Bronze Key from the National Council on Alcoholism. He also was named Community Volunteer of the Year by the Junior League of Topeka, received a commendation from the VA in 1967 "for excellence in improving communications and services to the public," was a founder of the Council Grove Conference on voluntary control of involuntary states and founded the Veterans' Transitional Homes of Topeka.

He married Cosma Kathleen Welton. She died in 1974.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph L., Enid, Okla., and Jerry D., Topeka; a daughter, Eugenia K. Helm, Denver; a brother, Charles, Cushing, Okla., four sisters, Loretta Staton, Gainesville, Ga., Cora Mae Howard, Carlsbad, N.M., Madeline Hursh, Wichita, and Monalee Rowe, Tulsa, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Dr. Kenneth Godfrey Memorial Fund in care of Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 1321 S.W. 10th St., Topeka 66604.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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