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David Joseph Trout, MD

July 18, 1935 - October 4, 2022


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    Anne and Greg McCune says

    Prayers for the family. I certainly loved working with Doctor Trout at Frankfort…so kind, personable, fun and interesting. Wished he could have come every day! Loved hearing his stories and adventures. Learned a lot from him. RIP Doc!

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    Andrew Bowman says

    I am so sorry to hear this. I enjoyed working with him when he would see a patient at Home Hospital ER and when done, we would talk about shooting sports.

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    Aaron Jewell says

    Uncle Dave, your thirst for learning and trying new things is something I think I caught watching you earlier years. And family holiday gatherings still hold a fond memory in my heart.
    Thoughts and prayers to all the family!
    You will be missed

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    Amy Harshman says

    Dr. Trout will always be remembered as a fun and professional in the community. Mike and Kellie you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Paul & Amy

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    Jim Leslie says

    Dr. Trout was always a very friendly neighbor when he would pass by my house or when I would walk by his home. In
    remembrance & prayers for his wife & family.

    Jim Leslie

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    Chloe Harshman says

    My first bike ride with Dave was to see his dad.None of us knew where his dad lived until we got to Tippecanoe Memory gardens. We would leave 4 boys manner and nev er knew where we would end up following this pied piper of a man..I will never forget the rides with him and working with him at Home hospital. Such a fine person.Blessings to the family in this time’
    Chloe Harshman

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      Rachel Phillips says

      I just heard of Doc’s passing on a recent trip to Lafayette. That’s the name I knew him by, just Doc. I now live in Northern Michigan but I lived in Lafayette for about 10 years until 2011. I met Doc at the firing range owned by Walt & Sally Fidler. He was always so kind and full of interesting stories. We used to tease him about going back to school at his age. He always had a funny response. I considered him a true friend. While I was going through a divorce, he took it upon himself to find out where by estranged husband was going to be stationed with the USMC. This was unknown to me at the time. He contacted his commanding officer and left him know of the financial hardship my then husband was causing me. The CO ordered my husband to send money to me every month until the divorce was final. No one has ever done anything like that for me. That’s the kind of man I knew him to be. Always looking out for those in need whether they knew it or not. He will always have a place in my heart. My condolences to his family and friends.

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    Leslie Kimmel Sampson says

    A dear man. He and his wife were so nice to me during Jr High which were years I was struggling. I will always remember you with fondness Dr Trout.

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    Linda Wiegand says

    I’m thinking of you, and hope that your fond memories, and the love and support of family and friends, will comfort you at this difficult time. David was such a sweet guy! I remember the day he came into your Art class and surprised you with a proposal! Those were the good ole’ days for sure! Take care of yourself!

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    Star Brown says

    Kathy, I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and family. Dr. Trout was not only an excellent ENT but cared about his patients. His treatment gave me back a normal life.
    Star Brown

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    Mary Mitchell says

    I was so saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. He was an original article. He was so kind and knowledgeable. It was a joy to have him in class at Purdue. He brought a wonderful perspective and vitality that I and my colleagues and students appreciated deeply. I know his passing will be deeply felt in the history department. My thoughts are with his family, whom he adored and often bragged about over lunches and campus walks, and with all of his loved ones.

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Biography of David Joseph Trout, MD
By: David J. Trout

David Joseph Trout was born in Kokomo, Indiana at the Good Samaritan Hospital on July 18, 1935.  He passed away October 4, 2022, at the age of 87 years old, at his home in Lafayette, Indiana.  His mother was Catherine M. Dufendach Trout, and his father was Dr. Carl J. Trout.  At the time, his parents resided in West Point, Indiana where his father was then a general practice physician.  Dr. Trout often stated that the only reason he was born in Kokomo was because his mother was there at the time, and “I wanted to be close to her”.

David, his sister, and his parents moved to Lafayette when he was age 4.  He later attended Highland Grade School from the 1st through the 7th grades.  Because the middle school system was in the process of being created, he attended the 8th through the 12th grades in the Jefferson High School building on North 9th Street.  In high school he majored in science, mathematics, English, and music.  He was in the school marching and concert bands, the school orchestra, the pep band, the Dixieland band, and the dance band.  He took piano lessons and, in the various bands and orchestras, played the clarinet, bass viol, glockenspiel, chimes, and the xylophone.  He fondly remembered one bass viol that he used for the Dixieland band that had been made in shop class and that had the body made of aluminum.  It had several unfortunate resonate frequencies that always seemed to be at odds with the melodies he was playing at the time.

During one high school summer vacation, he played the bass viol as a pickup player when a local choir and members of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presented 4 operettas.  He particularly liked Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore because the bass viol part was mostly only 3 notes.

In his teen years he attended Culver Summer Naval School and was graduated in 1951.  His interest in sailing was rekindled later when he started his medical practice in 1967 and he bought his first of 3 sailboats.


After graduating from high school, he started his premedical studies at Indiana University in 1953, completing the requirements for medical school entrance in 3 years.  During his undergraduate years he continued his music briefly by playing the glockenspiel in the Hoosier Marching Hundred his freshman year.

He entered medical school in 1956 and was graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1960.  He externed at Home Hospital during his senior year off-quarter where he assisted with the birth of his first child.  After graduation he took a general internship at Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC), the prerequisite general surgery year at the old St. Vincent Hospital, and the 3-year ear, nose, and throat specialty education at IUMC.  Dr. Trout was chief ENT resident for 6 months at the then Indianapolis General Hospital, now called Wishard Hospital, 6 months at the IU Medical Center, and 12 months at the Indianapolis Veterans Administration Hospital.

He married Barbara A. Query during his sophomore year of medical school and was married to her for 34 years.

After his specialty education, Dr. Trout served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps for 2 years at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was the officer in charge of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic.  In his 2nd year he was also in charge of the Eye Clinic.

He was honorably discharged from the army in 1967 and started his ENT medical practice with his father and Dr. Raymond Calvert at 314 North 6th Street in Lafayette, now a parking lot.  In 1972 he moved his office to 2 North 26th Street, now a rain water retention pond.  Then, in 1979, he moved to the Lafayette Medical Center, a building that has been demolished.

In 1973 Dr. Trout was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford.  A Kentucky Colonel is the equivalent of Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash.

Dr. Trout married J. Kathryn (Kathy) Pickett Simmons in 1993.

Dr. Trout retired suddenly when he had a heart attack in March, 2001.  His trusted office staff of over 20 years, Nancy Edwards and Cheryl Servies, and Patti Mellor, 13 years, closed his practice at his request after he awakened from a 7-day induced coma.  Because of the emergency heart stent by his Lafayette cardiologists and the subsequent coronary artery bypass at St. Vincent Hospital in July, 2001, he was able to enjoy his retirement until his death.

Professionally, before retirement, Dr. Trout had been a member of the medical staffs at the Lafayette Home Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, White County Memorial Hospital, and the then Frankfort Hospital.  He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Tippecanoe County Medical Society.  He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Trout had many hobbies over the years.  They have included, among others, SCUBA diving, amateur gunsmithing and shooting sports, building and riding bicycles, photography, computers, classical music, and sailing.  Some summers he sailed 2, and often 3, days a week at Lake Freeman.  He was a charter member of the Lafayette Sailing club and was at one time the vice-commodore.  He and his family have trailed his sailboat on vacations just in case they came upon a place to sail.  In 1972 he trailed a sailboat for a 6000-mile vacation and never got a chance to sail.  Because of his trips skippering in the British Virgin Islands, he was made a Commodore by the Moorings Charter Service.

Dr. Trout always considered himself to be a lifelong learner.  Because of his interest in the language, at age 72 he began to study German at Purdue.  He studied German for 4 semesters, then his wife and he took a trip to Germany in July, 2010.  He celebrated his 75th birthday in both Freiburg, Germany and, later in the same day, in Paris, France.  He was especially grateful to John White and Jennifer Gerndt because they were so instrumental in his (somewhat futile) pursuit of the German language acquisition.  He always maintained that after 4 semesters of study, he could speak German almost as well as a 2-year-old.  Other inspiring teachers were Professors Yvonne Pitts, Douglas Hurt, Wendy Kline, Randy Roberts, Caroline Janney, David Atkinson, Cole Jones, William Gray, and Mary Mitchell who were Dr. Trout’s professors when he was studying History at Purdue.  Important mentors in his early years were Dr. Marlow Manion who was the Department Head of ENT during his residency, and Dr. Robert Braunlin, a resident 2 years ahead of Dr. Trout, and who taught him that failure is positive because it redirects one toward success.

Dr. Trout is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his children, Michael A. (Kellie) Trout of Lafayette, Caroline J. (Steve) Trout Johnson of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Dr. Robert J. (Sharon) Trout of Indianapolis; his step-sons Stephen T. (CJ) Simmons, Gregory A. Simmons of West Lafayette; 5 grandchildren, Katherine (Eric), Jacqueline, Scott, Abney, and Ellie; 4 step-grandchildren, Ashley, Connor, Joel, Reva; and his sister Catherine Jane Trout Campbell of West Lafayette; and his ex-wife Barbara Query Trout Kretzmeier.  He was preceded in death by a step-son Brian J. Simmons of Indianapolis, and 1 grandchild, Daniel.

Dr. Trout said that he learned much from his successes, but much more from his mistakes.  His 2 favorite sayings were both by Aeschylus:

“It is always in season for old men to learn.”


“He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

Services for Dr. Trout will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Tippecanoe Funeral Chapel in West Lafayette, IN. Visitation to be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., prior to service. Burial to follow services at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.tippecanoememorygardens.com Tippecanoe Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.