FRED H. FAAS, M.D., 78, of Little Rock, Ark., went home to be with the Lord on April 27, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters during his last breath. Fred was born Oct. 13, 1938, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Erna and Oscar Faas. Dr. Faas was a long tenured professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was a 50 year member of the Arkansas Medical Society. He also served as a board certified endocrinologist on staff for the Arkansas Veterans Health Care System. He retired from the Department of Veteran Affairs following 41 years of dedicated service to the Government of the United States of America. He served his country in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon from 1965 to 1967. Dr. Faas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, followed by his doctorate of medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1963. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the UAMS. He was board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Faas was a member of the Endocrine Society, the Southeast Lipid Association, the American Oil Chemists Society, and a fellow in the American College of Physicians. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeast Lipid Association, 2004-2011, and served as their President, 2005-2006. He was designated a Diplomate of Clinical Lipidology from the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. He was awarded basic and clinical research grants, served as principal investigator on many clinical trials, and authored a number of scientific articles and abstracts. Dr. Faas was the Director of the Fellowship program for Endocrinology and Metabolism at UAMS. He was passionate about teaching during his tenure at UAMS and taught scores of medical students, residents and fellows in endocrinology. In recognition of his dedication, devotion and passion for teaching, his students awarded him the following honors: Educational Excellence Award, Red Sash Award for Outstanding Teaching, Gold Sash Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Junior Golden Apple Award. He was a member for over 50 years of Little Rock's First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, choir member, and teaching Sunday School. Dr. Faas had a great love of classical music. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren at the lake and Florida vacations. He was preceded in death by his parents, Erna and Oscar Faas and brother, Rudy O. Faas. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Earlann Faas; daughter Carolyn (Gerard) Wood of Kansas City, and daughter, Diana (Philip) Brandon of Little Rock. He took great pride in his six grandchildren, Michele Wood of Denver, Alex Wood of St. Louis, Natalie Wood and Angela Wood, also of St. Louis, Darby Brandon of New York, and Trent Brandon of Little Rock. Burial will be held Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 9 a.m., Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock. The Celebration of Life service will follow at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Little Rock, 62 Pleasant Valley Drive. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be directed to the UAMS, Division of Endocrinology, Division of Oncology, or the Palliative Care Clinic. The family would like to thank the many physicians who were involved in his care. Arrangements under the direction of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Published April 30, 2017