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Mrs. Madura, we wish to offer our sincerest condolences as we have learned of the passing of Dr. Madura. I have such fond memories of him as a surgeon, an educator, a mentor, and most importantly a loyal friend. We surround you and your family with arms of love and prayers in these difficult times. Dave and Terry Canal
May God Bless James Madura, Loretta and the entire Madura family. He was my neighbor and friend for 20 years. He welcomed my wife and two boys with a smile, handshake and a warm “welcome to the neighborhood.” He and Loretta could be found most afternoons on their front porch in the warm weather months – keeping an eye on the comings and goings or people. He was an avid Ohio State fan and was always ready to wave and say hello every evening when we walk our dogs. He left us with warm memories and enters heaven – making it a better place. See you there Dr. Madura – God willing.
Dr Madura extended my Mother’s (Mary Burgett) life by almost 5 years in 1985 as he performed the Whipple surgery at the IU med center. I have always been so thankful to him for the extra time spent with my Mom. Her cancer showed up again in 1991 and she lost her battle in December of 1991 at the age of 63. Dr James was a brilliant surgeon and I a send my prayers of comfort to his family 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Dr. Madura, who became Jim to me in our later years, was a true and valued friend. What a great mentor and teacher to so many. His legacy lives on in those he trained but more importantly in those he so dearly cherished – his wife and children. God speed and have the peace that this world can never offer. Most sincerely, Mike and Rosa Dalsing
Dr. Madura- You were and always will be my first mentor. I was your med student in 1995-2000 and modeled my choice of careers after you. One day, you told me, “You are going to Duke; you aren’t staying in Indiana.” So I did…Duke was the best decision for my Surgery training. Not only did your guidance allow me to become the surgeon I am today, but also, I met my wife and began a family. So you see, like any great mentor, you shaped not only who I was, but who I have become. For that, I am eternally grateful.
To you family, I am saddened by your loss, and y’all are in my prayers!
All the best
Dr. Madura was one of the most positive influences to my nursing career. As a young nurse on 3 South, he took me under his wing and honed my critical thinking skills. Such a great mentor. I had the honor of seeing him a few months ago!
What a great mentor. Bigger than life. I remember traveling from North Dakota to Indiana and being on the A team my first surgical residency rotation (1989). I created a patient related concern on one of Dr. Madura’s patients and just happened to be on the elevator when Dr. Madura walked in. I anticipated a thorough reprimand. I thought my surgical career was over. He asked me “if I learned anything” and I said “yes” and he said, “well, that should be the end of it.” He demanded the best from each of us and I am rewarded with the best of training. A quote I always remember which displays his approach, “boy, there isn’t anything you can cut that I can’t fix!” Classic Dr. Madura. I am saddened by his passing, but there is hardly a day when I don’t have a thought with patient care or use the skills he was kind enough to gift me. Heidi and I both pray for your family during your time of healing. Scott and Heidi Engum
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James Anthony Madura MD, 84, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on August 8, 2022, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in West Lafayette, where he had resided since January. He was born June 10,1938 in Campbell, Ohio to the late Anthony and Margaret Madura. Jim was a general surgeon and served as an army captain and surgeon in the Vietnam War. His marriage to his high school sweetheart, Loretta Jayne Sovak, was on August 8, 1959, in Youngstown, Ohio and she survives.
Jim received a BA degree from Colgate University in 1959, with honors in mathematics. He received his medical degree from Case-Western Reserve University in 1963. He then went on to complete a surgical residency at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He became an NIH Surgical Trainee and did a year of research in the Department of Immunology at Duke University in 1968. He joined the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1971 as an Assistant Professor and moved up the ranks to the position of Professor of Surgery in 1981. He was passionate about his role of teaching medical students and residents and was in charge of the surgical residency program for many years. He was named Clinical Professor of the Year by numerous graduating senior classes. He was a member of the Central Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Association, the Midwest Surgical Society, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentar Tract, as well as having served as Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He was honored to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash for his service to the state of Indiana. Surviving with his beloved wife Loretta are his children Debra Madura (Chuck Penix) of Lafayette, James Madura (Sharon) of Scottsdale, AZ, Vikki Smith (Dennis) of Indianapolis, grandchildren Alex Penix of Lafayette, Emma Penix of Lafayette, Cory Penix (Kourtney) of West Lafayette, Sarah Crouch (Evan) of Indianapolis, Samuel James Smith (Ashlund) of Parker City, Indiana, Grace Madura, Audrey Madura, and Stephanie Madura, all of Scottsdale, as well as 4 great-grandchildren. Friends may call August 20 from 1pm until the time of service at 2pm in the funeral chapel at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette.
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