ANDERSON — Dr. Paul E. Jarrett Sr., died of natural causes Sept. 6, 2013, at his home in Anderson. Dr. Jarrett was 95 and had been in declining health.
The eldest of five children, he was born in Parker City, Randolph County in 1918, and survived infection with the killer strain of influenza that ravaged the country that year. Many of his formative years were spent in Muncie. Despite attending at least 12 different schools due to family moves during the Great Depression, he was the first person in his family to graduate from high school (Burris School, Muncie). He subsequently attended Ball State Teachers College and graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1943. He had met his future wife, Betty Jo Slinkard, at Ball State, and they were married in 1942. Dr. Jarrett began his solo medical practice after completing training, and with the exception of an interruption for a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954, continually served the Anderson community as an obstetrician until his retirement in 1984. As an attending physician at both St. John’s Hickey Memorial Hospital and Community Hospital of Anderson, he delivered over 15,000 of Madison County’s babies.
Both Dr. Jarrett and his wife, Betty Jo, were avid duplicate bridge players and became nationally ranked. They loved to travel and were charter members of “Voyager 1000” which became the Ambassadair travel club. Boating was also an avocation, and he participated in the development of “Aqua Gardens,” now Anderson’s Shadyside Recreation Park on East Cross Street. In later years, they enjoyed raising champion Morgan horses on their farm off North Shore Boulevard.
Survivors include his brother, D. Robert Jarrett, Fishers; his sister, Patricia Miner, Greencastle; his sons, Paul E. Jarrett Jr., M.D., Zionsville, Col. (USA Ret) David G. Jarrett, M.D., Rockville, Md., and Richard A. Jarrett, Limington, Maine; and his daughter, JoAnn Widner, Mechanicsville, Va. Dr. Jarrett had 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.