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  • In Recognition of Dr. Lewis Druffner, the Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award Winner

    by Representative Matt Cartwright

    Posted on 2013-03-07

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    CARTWRIGHT of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Thursday, March 7, 2013 Mr. CARTWRIGHT. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Dr. Lewis Druffner and congratulate him on earning the Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award Winner.



    For his volunteer work and for decades of work as a legendary family physician in Avoca, Dr. Lewis Druffner is the Sunday Dispatch Joseph A. Saporito Lifetime of Service Award selection for 2012.

    Dr. Druffner grew up in Avoca, graduated from Scranton Prep in 1951, The University of Scranton in 1955 and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was the primary physician for three ships while serving with the U.S. Navy.

    After his Navy hitch, he took over his father's family medical practice in Avoca, where Druffner is a legendry name in family medicine as Dr. Lewis Druffner and his father birthed generations of families in Avoca and surrounding towns. In a way, Dr. Druffner is different than past Saporito recipients in that he is being honored not just for volunteer work, but for his career as a family doctor which was, like his father's, as much about service to the community as it was work.

    Dr. Druffner recently signed on to become a volunteer at the Care and Concern Health Clinic where he continues his lifetime work of helping patients as they recover from various ailments.

    Dr. Druffner and his wife, Catherine, have six children: Elizabeth, of Avoca; Kathleen and Carl, both of Harrisburg; Michael, of Dayton, Ohio; Tommy, of Michigan; and Edward, of Downingtown. They also have five grandchildren.

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