Monti L. Belot Jr.
The funeral service for Dr. Monti L. Belot Jr., 96, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Military graveside services will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Dr. Belot died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.
He was born Aug. 23, 1913, in Clyde, the son of Dr. Monti Belot Sr. and Anna Ellvin Belot. His early education was at St. John’s Military Academy in Salina and he later graduated from Clyde High School.
Dr. Belot received a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in microbiology from Kansas University. He graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1940.
After graduating, Dr. Belot served in the U.S. Army as a physician during World War II. He first served in Alaska and then later in England and France during the D-Day invasion. While in Alaska, he was a physician during the construction of the Alaskan Highway, which was built by the military. He was discharged from the Army after the war at the rank of major.
Dr. Belot came to Lawrence and began private practice as an internal medicine physician in 1945. He served as chief of staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1948 and 1973. He practiced in Lawrence until March 31, 1998, when he retired at the age of 85.
In 1969, he and four other individuals founded and incorporated the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. It continues today as a primary funding source for private gifts and financial support for the hospital. In 1992, he received an award from the association for his continued service.
Dr. Belot was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, the Fortnightly Club, and was the oldest living member of the Lawrence Country Club. He was a former member of the Kansas Medical Society as well as the Douglas County Medical Society. He was elected president of the nine-county Kaw Valley Heart Association in May 1957, and president of the Kansas Heart Association in May 1963.
He married Martha Allen Cameron on March 1, 1941, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death Aug. 13, 1998.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary Jarrett and husband Craig, Irmo, S.C.; two sons, Monti L. Belot III and wife Karen, Wichita, and Allen C. Belot and fiancée Darlene Harrell, Lawrence; 10 grandchildren, Mark Belot, Ellen Roggemann, Lindsay Vail, Andy Belot, Katy Belot, Tom Belot, Kyle Jarrett, Alex Belot, Drew Jarrett and Martha Belot; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to the LMH Endowment Association, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.