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Dr. Thomas O. Eller, MD, a longtime Plano physician, died Monday, January 8, 2018.

Dr. Eller was born March 29, 1926 to Ethel and Jacob Eller in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a graduate of Clovis High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. After 42 years of service to his community, he retired from the practice of family medicine in 1996.
During his years of practice, Dr. Eller was active in the Collin County Medical Society of the Texas Medical Association. He served several terms as president and as secretary treasurer of the association. He was accorded Honorary Membership in the Texas Medical Association in 1996.

He was also active in the Red River Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He served that organization several times as president and as secretary treasurer. Dr. Eller became a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1972 and became a Life Member in 1996. He was a charter member of the medical staff of Plano General Hospital (now Medical City of Plano), and served as Chief of the Medical Staff there in 1977. He served on the development committee for Rehab South Hospital. Dr. Eller proudly served in the United State Navy during World War II and later briefly served as a medical officer.

Dr. Eller was a devoted husband and father. When his children were at home, he enjoyed taking them on trips for vacation and other family activities such as swimming and hiking.

He is (survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Frank Eller, whom he met while both were students at Baylor, and by two sons, Dr. Thomas O. Eller, II and wife, Carlette, and Dr. Richard Eller and wife, Michele. He is survived by 9 grandchildren: Andrew, William, Kathleen, Jacob and Arianna Eller, William Lyons III, and Mallory, Kami, and Michael Cavenee. The family suggests that memorials may be made to The First Christian Church, 813 East 15th Street, Plano, TX