Jack E. Trevey, M.D., Portrait Dedication, June 11, 1991
We are here tonight to honor one of our own members who represented many of the ideals of organized medicine, Dr. John E. Trevey. Several months ago, shortly after Jack's untimely death, members of the FCMS Executive Committee were trying to think of some appropriate way to honor Jack. We had just moved into our new offices, and it was decided to dedicate this new board room and to have a portrait done in his honor. I am glad that members of his family and many of his friends and colleagues are here for this occasion tonight.
Jack graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and The Medical College of Virginia. He took his medical training at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and at MCV in occupational medicine. He served two years in the Air Force and practiced general medicine in Galax, Virginia prior to becoming the physician for the IBM plant in 1966.
After moving to Lexington Jack established himself as a leader in our medical society and our community. He served as a delegate to the Kentucky Medical Association and a member of the Fayette County Medical Society Executive Committee for many years and served as president of the Society in 1988.
Jack was very active in politics as well. He served as county chairman of the Republican Party and was elected State Representative for the 78th District in 1977 and State Senator from the 12th District in 1979. He was the unopposed candidate fro re-election to the Kentucky State Senate at the time of his death.
Most of all I want us tonight to remember Jack as a friend. He was a friend to medicine. He spent much of his time in meetings of various committees and medical organizations of which he was a member. He contributed not only his time, but also his ideas and enthusiasm. He served proudly as president of the Fayette County Medical Society and member of its Executive Committee and as a delegate to the KMA.
More importantly he represented medicine when he wore his other hats as a legislator and as a corporate physician. I feel that few of us know how much effect his presence in the legislature and corporate board rooms had on our own practices. When state regulations and corporate decisions regarding physician access and reimbursement were being made, Jack was there to represent the physicians' viewpoint.
Jack was a friend to the state of Kentucky. Although he was a transplated Virginian, he served in the State House of Representatives in 1978 and in the State Senate from 1979 to 1990. In this role he spent countless hours away from his family and practice. He genuinely felt that his work in Frankfort benefited the citizens of the state, his fellow physicians and his patients.
Jack was a friend to politics. He was never happier than when discussing the events in Frankfort and in Washington. He was successful as a politician and made no secret about his aspirations for higher office. He understood the workings of the government and used this understanding to accomplish many changes for the benefit of his constituents. It is sad that his early death cut short his career which he saw as just beginning.
Tonight I would like to remember Jack and dedicate this portrait which will hang in our board room to honor our former Society member, president, and friend.