In memory of our friend,
Charles "Larry" McCollum, M.D. – W5PTJ
May 13, 1934 - November 28, 1982

Obituary from the Houston Chronicle, November 29, 1982:

Charles Larry McCollum, M.D., 48, passed away on November 28, 1982 in a local hospital.  He was born May 13, 1934 in Temple, Texas and was a resident of Houston for the past 20 years.  He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Lee Craig McCollum.

He received his undergraduate degree at Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was a graduate of Louisiana State University, Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. McCollum served his internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital, Shreveport, Louisiana.  He served his residency as a Practitioner in General Veterans Hospital, New Orleans, La., and Orthopedic Surgery residency at Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas.  In January of 1970, he received his American Board of Orthopedic Surgery certification.

He was in the Armed Forces Medical Service, Lt. MC, USNR.  He enjoyed "Blue Water Sailing" and was a life member of the American Radio Relay League, W5PTJ.

Dr. McCollum was affiliated with the following hospitals: Spring Branch Memorial, Sam Houston Memorial, Methodist, St. Joseph's, Parkway General, Memorial City General, Park Plaza, and Hermann Hospital, all in Houston, Texas.  Also Katy Community Hospital of Katy, Texas.

He was a member of the following professional societies: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, Western Orthopedic Association, Houston Orthopedic Society, Harris County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.  He was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the University of Texas Medical School, Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 1982 in the Waltrip Funeral Home Chapel, 1415 Campbell Rd. with Rev. Max Hickerson officiating with interment to follow in Mason, Texas.  Pallbearers: David Litowsky, M.D., Thomas Davies, M.D., Frank Barnes, M.D., Rex Cantrell, M.D., Irvin Reiner, M.D., Kermit Veggeberg, M.D., Mark Boatright, Karl Maley,  John Wade, Dick Ross, Hugh Craig, C. H. Smith, Ted Smith, Terry Smith, Kelly Kaesler, M.D., Tom Reinke, Charles Earlywine.  Honorary Pallbearers: Texas DX Society and the HAM RADIO Club.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Rd., (Houston). 465-2525.

From the December 1982 Bullsheet:

"It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our good friend and TDXS member, Larry McCollum, W5PTJ.  Larry was an avid DXer and an active club member.  Not one to be a passive observer, Larry's accomplishments as an Amateur, and more importantly, his contributions to the community, speak for themselves as a testimonial to this really super person.  All of us express our sincerest condolences to his wife, Bobbie.  We will miss Larry, and even though he is now a silent key, he won't ever be forgotten."