Dr. C. Dudley Saul III, captain, USN (Ret.) and affectionately known as “Doc” of Sebastian, Fla. and a long time doctor for those on Whidbey Island. was called by the Lord and his Angels between Good Friday, March 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018 (blue moon).
He was the son of C. Dudley Saul, Jr., JD, and his loving mother, Laverne. Doc was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in October of 1931. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School as a general surgeon and practitioner.
His famous grandfather, Dr. C. Dudley Saul Sr., co-founded AA in Philadelphia with Bill Wilson. Doc came from a long line of doctors and lawyers. As a small child in the late 1930s, he would ride along with his grandfather in a horse and buggy making “house calls.” Doc always wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and became a doctor.
Dr. C. Dudley Saul III, CAPT, USN was preceded by one sister, Barbara, and beautiful wife, Patricia Ann Saul, mother to his children.
Doc leaves his loving sister Laverne Stanton, his six children, whom he told daily how proud he was of all that is good in them: Charles Dudley Saul IV, Catherine Saul Burnside, Elizabeth Jean Meseburg, Robert Floyd Saul, John Brian Saul and Patricia Ann Griffin. Also, 14 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and his faithful German shepherd, Kelly.
In 1951, Doc enlisted in the Navy as a corpsman and served in the Korean War from 1952-1954 at Pohang beach, Kilo Unit. After the Korean War, he took a break in service from the Navy to attend medical school. Upon his graduation from the University of Oregon Medical School, he became a naval officer and performed his internship and residency in San Diego. In fact, he broke a record during the “Baby Boomer Era” in 1963 at Balboa Hospital and delivered 140 babies in two months!
Doc took another break in service from the Navy and lived on Whidbey Island where he and his devout wife Patricia raised six children, who all attended Langley High School. Doc had an immeasurable love of Whidbey Island, specifically Bush Point, and especially when he was catching “trophy” size king salmon and halibut.
In late 1976, and for the third time, Doc re-joined the Navy but this time as a U.S. naval lieutenant commander. His joy of life’s adventures were fulfilled by duty stations such as Northwest Cape, Australia, and Okinawa, Japan. In Okinawa he served as the “general surgeon” for the U.S. Marine Corps.
He then retired with 22 years as a U.S. naval captain with too many medals and ribbons to name but his favorite was the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Badge. Doc was an adventurer!
Dr. C. Dudley Saul III, CAPT, USN, will be buried on the most sacred ground in Bayview with our Mom on Whidbey Island. Service is today at Bayview Cemetery at 12 p.m. Clover Leaf lunch at 1:30 p.m.