George L. Plain, Edwards homeowner, 1931-2011 |

George L. Plain, Edwards homeowner, 1931-2011

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Vail, CO Colorado
George L. Plain

George L. Plain, M.D., passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie Louise Marshall “Mari” Plain. Other survivors include four children, David M. (Terry) Plain, Caren E. (Peter) Davis, George B. (Andrea) Plain, M.D., and Alice M. Plain and partner Shelli Fullhart; eight grandchildren, Bradley (Lauren) Plain, Tyler Plain, Lindsey Plain, Alex Davis, Kristen Davis, Katie Plain, Sarah Plain and Megan Plain; sister Sally P. (James) Schlobohm; and “adopted daughters” Anna Clift and Roswitha Wuhrer.

Dr. Plain visited the Vail Valley with his family in 1969. He had heard of the new ski area from friends and decided to see how the skiing was and discovered the wonders of Vail. Dr. Plain and his family continued to vacation in Vail each year and enjoyed numerous trips with friends. In 1988, he purchased a house in Singletree and visited Vail often to ski and enjoy the summers. Three children currently live in the valley, David Plain, Caren Davis and Alice Plain.

Dr. Plain was born in Chicago on Nov. 15, 1931. He moved with his parents to Detroit, where his father was a surgical resident at the Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Plain moved frequently as his father was in the Army during World War II. He lived in Solvang, Calif., and was the only student in his seventh-grade class at the one-room Ballard School.

Dr. Plain attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. It was there he met his future wife, Mari. In 1957 George received his M.D. degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. Internship and residency took him to Cooperstown, N.Y. He was a research fellow with Donald Thomas, M.D., studying the experimental effects of bone marrow transplant. Because of this research, Donald Thomas was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

In 1959, Dr. Plain volunteered for the Army. He was stationed in Washington, D.C., and worked in the surgeon general’s office and Fort Belvoir. Afterwards, he returned to Cooperstown to complete his medical residency.

Dr. Plain and his family moved to South Bend, Ind., in 1964, where he established a private practice in internal medicine. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of South Bend serving as a member of the Church’s Session. He also was very involved in Camp Kooch-I-Ching, a boys’ camp in northern Minnesota, serving on the board and eventually becoming its board chair in 1974. Dr. Plain’s association with the Stanley Clark School included serving as a board member for 13 years and nine years as chairman of the Education Committee.

Memorial services will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday in the First Presbyterian Church, at 333 W. Colfax Ave. in South Bend, with Rev. Scott Scheel, nephew of Dr. Plain, officiating. The family will receive friends in the church on Friday from noon until the service at 1 and immediately following the service until 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. NW Washington, DC 20037-1175, The Nature Conservancy,, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203-1606 or Hospice,, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

The Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, at 17033 Cleveland Road, is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave condolences at

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