Owasso Plane Crash Claims Life of Dr. Perry Inhofe

Dr. Perry Inhofe, M.D.

Photo Credit: Central States Orthopedics website

It is a sad day indeed for the family and patients of Dr. Perry D. Inhofe. A Sunday afternoon plane crash in Owasso claimed the life of Senator Jim Inhofe’s son and the uber-popular Tulsa orthopedic surgeon.

Tulsa news outlets reported the crash around 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Today, Veterans Day, Senator Inhofe’s office and family members confirmed his son was the pilot who perished.

Dr. Inhofe was a surgeon with Tulsa’s Central States Orthopedics specializing in surgery of the hand and wrist. He received his degree from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering in 1984. Following his undergrad work, it was on to Washington University in St. Louis, MO for medical school where he graduated in 1998.

Cole Inhofe, Senator Jim Inhofe and Dr. Perry D. Inhofe, M.D. pose in OshKosh.

From left: Cole Inhofe, Senator Jim Inhofe and Dr. Perry D. Inhofe, M.D.
(Photo Credit: Ryan Jackson, used with permission)

Ironically, in September, General Aviation News published an article “Continuing a Family Tradition” which chronicled how Senator Inhofe taught son Perry to fly thirty years ago. Following his first solo flight, Perry flew his first cross-country flight to the OshKosh air show in the family’s 1954 Grumman Tiger with his proud dad in the co-pilot seat.

The same family Grumman returned to OshKosh this summer. But this time it was Cole Inhofe at the controls with his proud father Perry in the co-pilot seat while his proud grandfather waited at the airport.

He’s flying up here in the same Grumman Tiger with his dad sitting next to him… Senator Jim Inhofe

A family tradition come full circle.

Speaking as a patient of Dr. Inhofe’s, I will remember the immense compassion he showed his patients. How will you remember Dr. Inhofe? Your thoughts are welcome in the comments section below.

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