Dr. McGehee, who was medical director at Chestnut Hill Hospital from 1966 to 1970, also had been director of family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
He began a family practice from his home in Chestnut Hill in 1953 and worked as an attending physician at Chestnut Hill Hospital from 1954 to 1973 and as a hematologist at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1966 to 1970.
In 1974 he became the first full-time faculty member of Jefferson’s new department of family medicine and served as chairman of the department from 1990 to 1992. He received a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1977, and in 1989 he was named director of the Jefferson/Kendal Crosslands fellowship in geriatrics.
The McGehee Loan Fund was set up in 1996 by longtime patients to support the education of third- and fourth-year students of family or internal medicine.
Born in Mobile, Ala., Dr. McGehee earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from what is now Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. After interning in Mobile and serving in the Navy, he completed a fellowship in pathology at Jefferson and a research fellowship in hematology at Pennsylvania Hospital.
He also completed a Thomas McCrae fellowship sponsored by Pennsylvania Hospital at Guy’s Hospital in Southwark, London.
He was a former president of the Philadelphia Society of Hematology, a laureate of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians and president of the Jefferson medical alumni association.
He was a member of the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, the St. Andrew’s Society and the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Dr. McGehee is survived by a son, Edward H. Jr.; daughters Virginia Condon and Sarah Komisin, and five grandchildren. His wife, Carolyn, died in 2005. A son, James, died in 1985.
A life celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at St. Paul’s Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., followed by a reception at Cathedral Village’s Presser Lounge. – WF
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