By Pat Maurer
In a surprise presentation Wednesday morning, retired Clare County Medical Examiner Dr. Elmer (Doc) Shurlow was honored with a key to the City and a certificate excellence for his many contributions to the community.
Doc first came to Clare in 1961 from Lapeer to serve his residency with Dr. Robert Kranik. He did his undergraduate studies at Albion College and is a graduate of Kirksville, Missouri Medical School.
When he completed his surgical residency, Dr. Kranik asked him to stay and join his practice in Clare.
He has been the County Medical Examiner since the 1960s and just retired in February from that position.
Doc also built the Clare Medical Building in 1982, now a part of MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. He developed an ambulance service for the community in 1967, which is still in service as Mobile Medical Response, and opened the Clare Nursing Home in 1965. That is now known as Care More, a part of Prestige Place.
“Doc is proud that all of the businesses are still up and going and employing people,” said wife Mary Ann Shurlow.
Doc also attended to and delivered 2,036 new babies in the greater Clare area, Clare Mayor Pat Humphrey said during the presentation. “That’s two-thirds of this city’s population!”
Because Doc shies away from any type of recognition, City officials decided to surprise him. Mayor Humphrey made the presentation, listing Doc’s many accomplishment and contributions to Clare and the county. Doc said, “This key should go to all of the people who made this possible, the City workers who do such a good job for us, the businesses, who are successful and the employees.” Humphrey responded, “Every bus need a driver, Doc.”