By The Mercury

Dr. David E. McKnight, 81, of Emporia, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

The family provided some of the following information.

Dr. McKnight was born July 1, 1932, in Eskridge, the son of James and Lillian (Buchheim) McKnight.

He graduated from Eskridge High School and from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1957, having earned the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Social Fraternity.

He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture from 1957-1958 in Sioux City, Iowa. He returned to Emporia in 1958 to take additional classes at Emporia State University, and then enrolled in the University of Kansas School of Medicine, graduating in 1962 with his Doctor of Medicine degree.

He served his internship at the Jefferson-Davis Hospital at Baylor University in Houston.

His residency in internal medicine was completed at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City in 1966.

He was engaged in private practice in Kearney, Neb., from 1966-1967 and then returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine to complete training and residency in the field of Radiology.

He entered private practice as a radiologist for both St. Mary’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Manhattan on Dec. 31, 1970. In addition, he donated his service to assist the Student Health Services of Kansas State University. He continued in this practice from 1971 to 1985 when health problems forced his retirement.

Dr. McKnight was diagnosed in 1986 as having Phospho Cardio Lipid Syndrome and is thought to have been the oldest living person with this disease. He willed his body to the Mayo Clinic and to Duke University for research.

Dr. McKnight never married.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Palenske of Alma; his niece, Jeanne Palenske Stueve of Topeka; and a nephew, Hal Palenske of Saffordville.

His hobbies included collecting brass and copper artifacts and decorations, as well as flower gardening.

Dr. McKnight will be cremated with inurnment at a later date.

No services are planned at his request.

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