Our View: Good medicine

August 3, 2013

Scotland County lost two beloved doctors on Tuesday.

The passing of Dr. Bradley Bethel, who died after a fall, came as a shock.

The death of Dr.Winston Tornow, who was 97, was less unexpected.

But each death has been felt because each life has had such an impact here in our community. Neither Bethel nor Tornow were Scotland natives, but they loved the community as though they were.

Dr. Bethel, who was 59, played an enormous role in Scotland County’s medical community. Bethel was a member of Scotland Memorial Hospital medical staff for 24 years, former chief of the medical staff, former medical director of the Scotland Memorial In-Patient Rehab Unit, Amethyst Drug and Alcohol Rehab Unit, Scotland Urgent Care Center, and the Wound Healing Center, partner in Laurinburg Internal Medicine Group, medical director and volunteer for Hospice of Scotland County and Century Care Nursing Home and their newest facility, Scottish Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

More importanly, Bethel gave of his time and talent to countless organizations working to improve Scotland County.

Dr. Tornow, who ran Tar Heel Veterinary Hospital for more that five decades, was just as active in civic affairs.

He was involved with the Laurinburg Rotary Club (and was named a Paul Harris Fellow), the Scotland County Board of Health where he served as chairman, and various veterinary organizations. He also volunteered with several local non-profit agencies, including Scotia Village, Helping Hands, Hospice of Scotland County, and Scotland Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be held today for Dr. Bethel from 6-9 p.m. at Northview Harvest Ministries. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday,at Northview Harvest Ministries with burial following in Hillside Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made in memory of Dr. Bethel to the Northview Harvest Ministries Restoring Hope Center, P.O. Box 1497, Laurinburg, NC 28353, Scottish Pines Fountain and Memorial Garden, 621 Johns Road, Laurinburg, NC 28352, or Hospice of Scotland County, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

Memorial services for Dr. Tornow will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church officiated by the Rev. Dr. Neal Carter. Visitation will follow in the church fellowship hall. Memorials in his honor may be made to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Helping Hands, 130 Biggs St., Laurinburg, NC 28352.