Dr. John L. Ewald, 68, of East Falmouth died September 2 after a brief illness.

A native of Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, he obtained a bachelor of science degree in natural sciences at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. He attended medical school at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, followed by residency and fellowship training in internal medicine, nephrology and endocrinology and with additional certification in geriatrics at West Pennsylvania Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

While training in Pittsburgh, Dr. Ewald worked closely with Thomas E. Starzl, a pioneer in kidney and liver transplant surgery. Additionally, in his endocrinology fellowship he trained with Joslin Clinic for Diabetes. After completing training, Dr. Ewald’s ensuing clinical practice in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts included all aspects of general internal medicine, but with a particular focus on high blood pressure, diabetes, and various forms of kidney disease. Before leaving West Penn Hospital he became associate program director of the teaching service and was awarded Teacher of the Year.

An accomplished musician, he sang solo in coffee shops and was a member of the band Institution of Sound while in college.

Because he believed that civic involvement was a duty, he volunteered for both of Elizabeth Warren’s campaigns and others.

He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth. Dr. Ewald’s faith was a focus of his life; his father was a Lutheran minister and his grandparents were missionaries in China for 45 years, where his mother spent most of her life.

A memorial service was at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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