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Dr. R. H. "Corky"  Carnahan, Jr

Obituary for Dr. R. H. "Corky" Carnahan, Jr

August 12, 1942 - October 8, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 75


Dr. R. H. "Corky" Carnahan, Jr.
August 12, 1942 – October 8, 2017

In the general confession of the Episcopal Church, parishioners ask forgiveness for the things they have done, as well as those they have left undone. Dr. R.H. "Corky" Carnahan, Jr. was absolved by his Lord for that which he had done, though before his death, he felt there were things he had left undone. Spending more time with his treasured family and beloved friends were his only regrets.

Corky graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1960. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He finished his undergraduate studies at Trinity University, and graduated with honors from Baylor University College of Dentistry, Dallas.

Upon graduation from dental school, Corky returned to San Antonio, where he practiced dentistry with pride for almost 50 years,
following the example of his grandfather and father, whose careers proudly served their community of San Antonio.

Corky was passionate about community service. He was a member of Texas Cavaliers, the Order of the Alamo and was a volunteer at the Good Samaritan Center, and in recent years at the Christian Dental Clinic on the Haven for Hope campus. As a volunteer, he made dentures for former homeless patients with no teeth, and was able to put a smile on their faces, both literally and figuratively. Corky served as Chairman of the Board at the Good Samaritan Center, and was an active member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, serving on its Board as the Chairman of the President's Club. Corky was in the second class of Leadership San Antonio, and later served on its Advisory Board.

Throughout his career, Dr. Carnahan achieved many successes, both locally and nationally. On the state and local stage, he served on the board of the San Antonio District Dental Society, and for three years was Chairman of the Texas Dental Association Political Action Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Dental Association, and in 1999 served as President of the Texas Dental Association. Dr. Carnahan was a three-time nominee for Dentist of the Year in Texas.

On the national level, Dr. Carnahan was a Delegate to the American Dental Association, House of Delegates, and a four-year member of the prestigious Council of Government Affairs. He was a fellow in the American College of Dentists, and former President of the International College of Dentists, Texas Section. Additionally, Dr. Carnahan was a member of the peer elected Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He was President of the American Association of Dental Insulants.

Corky was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Richard H. Carnahan Sr. and mother, Adele Cherry Carnahan. He is survived by his three children, Carey B. Carnahan of Phoenix, AZ, Colleen D. Carnahan of San Antonio, and Richard Carnahan, III and his wife April of San Antonio, and his three grandchildren, Daniel G. Ramirez, Ava A. Carnahan and "Rico" Richard H. Carnahan IV. He is also survived by his sister Susan Carnahan Hawthorne of Dallas, her daughters Elizabeth LeFlore and Megan McGuire, and his sister Peggy Taylor of Little Rock, AR and husband Larry Taylor, and her daughters Gretchen Wietstruck and Maggie Hawthorne. He is additionally survived by countless, friends, colleagues, and patients, whom he considered extended family.

Corky will forever be remembered for his dynamic personality, sharp sense of humor, and infectious laugh. He was a loving brother, father, friend, and a caring practitioner with both a healing hand and heart.

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Memorial contributions may be made to The Christian Dental Clinic at the Haven for Hope Campus.

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