Commonwealth Journal

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January 17, 2009

Dr. Weigel, Dr. Stein honored for service to community

Two longtime Somerset physicians were honored Friday night during the annual banquet of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at The Center for Rural Development.

Dr. Gerard A. Weigel and Dr. Orville J. Stein were presented Distinguished Community Service Awards for dedicated service to their patients and the community.

Weigel assisted in establishing the first coronary care unit at the former Somerset City Hospital. He was responsible for bringing the first defibrillator to this unit.

Initially Weigel practiced with Dr. E.R. Smith. Later he was associated with Drs. Stein, Michael Thomas and Steve Kelley.

Weigel served 10 years on the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board and was a medical missionary on the island of Saint Lucia. He continues to provide relief services for several physicians in the area and free medical care through St. Luke’s Clinic.

He has supported United Way of South Central Kentucky, Blakley Family YMCA, AIM and Alzheimer’s Support Center.

A practicing deacon at St. Mildred’s Catholic Church, Weigel has been a counselor and friend to many. He is the father of eight; grandfather of 28; and great-grandfather to one.

Stein moved to Somerset with his wife and family in 1964. He began his medical practice in Science Hill and then moved to Bourne Avenue across the street from the former Somerset City Hospital.

Stein is an influential spiritual leader who serves the Lord in many ways. He goes to the Pulaski County Detention Center on Sunday nights to minister and share God’s word with inmates. Also, he assists several local churches in the community.

Long past retirement age, Stein bounces around the community like a man 20 years his junior. He has never retired because he loves being out and about in his community.

His children, and those who know him best, say if you need a bench coach, he is available, and if you want an opinion about any topic, he’s got one.

Stein loves watching sports of all kinds, but likes college and high school football and basketball the best.

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