In Memory of Bruce Short - Class of 1973

This is Beverly Short, Bruce's wife. The message that was sent to Andy [Maples] was that Bruce died on September 6th, and that they think it had something to do with his heart. We are waiting on an autopsy report. He was napping like he would often do because he learned to nap at Ben Lippen, and when I went in to talk to him, he would not wake up.

Our twin sons have just started college, and he was so happy for them.

Bruce and I had fond memories of the 30 year reunion, and he often talked about how I seemed to fit in with everyone, and you would have thought that it was my class reunion.

My sister was wondering if he was the first in the class to die. I do not remember at the reunion having a memorial for the classmates that were no longer living.

Beverly Short,
Brad and Michael
Lookout Mountain, GA

– Signed on Wednesday, September 29, 2007

About Bruce Short & Photos from his Wake:

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From Bruce's Professional Organization:

Bruce Short, M.D.

Having graduated magna cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and with highest honors from the University of Tennessee at Memphis College of Medicine, Dr. Bruce Short contributes a high level of knowledge and expertise to Chattanooga Bone and Joint Surgeons. His internship and residency training were completed at the University of Kentucky and included extensive experience at the Shriners Hospital in Lexington and the Kleinert Hand Institute in Louisville.

Dr. Short is fully board certified and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of numerous medical societies. He also teaches orthopedics to several local residency programs. Dr. Short primarily considers himself a family orthopedist providing quality comprehensive care to people of all ages, but he has a wealth of experience and a special interest in joint replacement and shoulder injuries. He and his wife, Beverly, have twin sons, Brad and Michael. Dr. Short is an avid golfer and veteran hang glider pilot.

Dr. Kenneth Bruce Short
August 6th, 1956 - September 6th, 2007

Dr. Kenneth Bruce Short; 51, of Lookout Mountain, GA; passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 at Erlanger Medical Center. Dr. Short was a partner with Chattanooga Bone & Joint Surgeons, P.C. Dr. Short was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Wetherington Short. Dr. Short did his undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis, TN in 1988. His internship was at the University of Kentucky, Department of Surgery and his residency was at the University of Kentucky, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. Certifications and Associations include: the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fellowship in American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Tennessee Orthopaedic Society, Tennessee Medical Association, Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society. He was past clinical instructor with the Orthopaedic Residency UT Chattanooga Unit at Erlanger Medical Center, where he had received teacher of the year award. He was an avid golfer and hang glider pilot and a member of Lookout Mountain Golf and Country Club. He was a past member of the Tennessee Treetoppers and National Hangliding Association. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Erlenbaugh Short; sons, Brad Short and Michael Short; father and step mother, Gerald (Jerry) and Jane Short, Columbus, GA; sister, Cindy Jo Short, Chattanooga; brother, David Short, Florida. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church with Monsignor Leo Herbert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Homeless Network of Chattanooga, c/o Ruth Votava, 711 E. 11th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403. Condolences may be sent at The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Interfaith Homeless Network of Chattanooga, c/o Ruth Votava, 711 E. 11th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Funeral Home Guestbook Entries:

Ken and Sue Davis - September 8th, 2007 at 2:25pm - Email
Beverly, Brad, and Kelly we are truly sorry for your loss. Dr. Short was a great Doctor and man. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, and all those he touched through his medical practice. We are so glad to have been able to work with him and know him. Our prayers are with you all.

JOEY ATCHLEY - September 8th, 2007 at 2:48pm - Email

Dairrell & Diane Cranford - September 8th, 2007 at 4:58pm - Email
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Short. We send our prayers, love and thoughts to Beverly, and to his sons, Brad and Michael. Words can't express how deeply sorry we are in your loss. Only God knows and understands. Respectfully, Dairrell and Diane Cranford

Margaret Harris - September 8th, 2007 at 6:10pm - Email
I'll always remember Bruce from hang gliding days. Ultimately thru his friendship, I feel fortunate that I got to know Beverly and the boys. Bruce was a great surgeon and I'll always appreciate Bruce as my surgeon and friend. I have fond memories of his whole family, especially his laugh, sense of humor, and generosity. If there were more like Bruce and his family, the world would be a better place. Margaret Harris

Tina James - September 8th, 2007 at 7:57pm - Email
Dr. Short is someone that I have looked up to, admired, and respected. I will miss working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Glenn N. Pomerance, MD - September 8th, 2007 at 8:37pm - Email
There are no words to truly express the sadness and shock of the news of Bruce's death. We met frequently at the surgery center and had many spirited conversations about our profession, our families and our shared ideals. I will miss his kind demeanor, his collegiality, his hopefulness and his smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we share your grief. Dr. and Mrs. Glenn N. Pomerance Ooltewah, TN

Carolyn Hughes and Steve Worley - September 8th, 2007 at 8:40pm - Email
Dr Short will be greatly missed in the medical field by his patients and those that worked with him. He was a great and caring physician. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Mary Clor - September 8th, 2007 at 8:47pm - Email
Bruce will be fondly remembered by myself and may other hang glider pilots. His bright smile after a great soaring flight always brought cheer to the end of a flying day. In years past, Bruce was famous for his incredible Independence Day displays of fireworks. He could illuminate the sky with those fireworks nearly as bright as his smile could brighten a crowd! I will miss Doctor Bruce -- but a bit of his handiwork will always remain with me. He helped repair my ankle after a skiing injury, and a bit of his skill and talent keeps me walking straight every day!

Julie Ward - September 8th, 2007 at 8:55pm - Email
Beverly, Kelly, and Brad, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this emotional time. Bruce was a brilliant and loveable man. I will miss him.

Debbie D. Hall, O.P.A. - September 8th, 2007 at 10:14pm - Email
I don't know how to express in words the loss I feel. I worked with Dr. Short for so many years and I learned a lot as an assistant because He was such an excellent teacher and Dr. His honesty and dedication was like none I have ever seen in a person. If he said it knew he meant it. He was a very good friend to me always. I will never forget him and the way he was. It was an honor to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, sons and family.

Donnie and Sara Garrett Arab,AL - September 8th, 2007 at 11:07pm - Email
We thought so much of Dr. Short. He saved my husband's life and always remained special in our lives. I think he considered us special too. Thank you, Dr. Short for all the good you did in your life. We will miss you.

Mary Schmidt - September 8th, 2007 at 11:08pm - Email
CJ, please know I'm praying for you and your family and I'm here for you if you need anything.

Jenny Westbrook - September 9th, 2007 at 12:45am - Email
There are no words to express what Bruce meant to me as a doctor and a friend. I have learned so much from him over the years. He always took the time to listen when I needed someone to talk to. I loved him and respected him. I will miss my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Beverly, Brad, Michael, and family.

Waymon , Vickie & Chad Blevins - September 9th, 2007 at 12:55am - Email
We loved Dr. Short very much. He was not only our Dr. but a great friend. He will never be replaced in our hearts.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bowden - September 9th, 2007 at 6:13am - Email
Beverly, Brad and Mike- Robert and I are so sorry for the heartbreak you feel. Dr. Short was a wonderful person. No words are can express the feelings of loss and sadness. He will be greatly missed.

Pamela Glover - September 9th, 2007 at 9:15am - Email
To the Family of Dr Bruce Short: I offer my condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please take comfort in knowing what a better place your loved one made this world. My family and I were patients of Dr. Shorts for 10+ years. We met him under the worst condintions of a near fatal accident. There is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Short was "a gift from God to us". First we knew him as a brilliant surgeon, then as an honorable man and a great friend. There will be wonderful memories in every life he touched.

Amy & Jeff Kerby - September 9th, 2007 at 10:56am - Email
There are no words to express the loss of this great man. Dr. Short, with a word or a look, could make things better. I feel honored to have known him and will miss seeing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Short family.

Keith Miller, DPM - September 9th, 2007 at 11:47am - Email
I heard with great sadness the news of Bruce's passing. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues. Some people spend an entire lifetime wandering if they made a difference. Bruce did not have that problem. Bruce's character, caring and unselfish service will always be remebered. I extend my sympathy and prayers to his family.

Anita Bone - September 9th, 2007 at 12:03pm - Email
Dr. Short was one in a MILLION! In my eyes larger than life, in so many ways. Family man, friend, and "Brillant" doctor. It was an honor & privilege to have known and worked with him at "CBJS" office. His patients, and his craft is a testimonial to him. I will miss him so much, he will be long remembered. My prayers are with the Short family. God Bless you.

Judy and Mike Miller - September 9th, 2007 at 12:09pm - Email
I've had Dr. Short's voice in my head for over five years now and it's something I've always looked forward to. It's hard to imagine my life without him in it. I will miss his humor but mainly his presence. He was a brilliant man and the CBJS family will never be the same. Beverly, Brad, and Michael, our thoughts and prayers will be with you during the coming months and I hope the knowledge of how much he meant to so many people can bring you some comfort.

julie coleman - September 9th, 2007 at 12:11pm - Email
Please accept our condolences. The Coleman Family

Brent L. Norris, MD - September 9th, 2007 at 12:14pm - Email
I am deeply saddened by the news of Bruce's passing. I came to know him through our time with the Univ. of Tenn. He was a gifted teacher, skillful surgeon and a wonderful friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed by all of us. God Bless his family.

Michele Harris - September 9th, 2007 at 12:50pm - Email
We are saddened to hear of your family's loss. Beverly, Brad, and Michael, we are all wishing you comfort during this time through our prayers and thoughts of you in the days ahead.

Memorial Hospital 3 South/Orthorpedic Floor - September 9th, 2007 at 2:32pm - Email
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to your family at this time. Many of us have worked with Dr. Short for years and appreciated his dedication to his patients and staff. We enjoyed his sense of humor and dry wit. He will be greatly missed as a friend and as a professional. We valued him and would like for you and your family to know that we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless! Memorial Hospital Staff of 3 South

Glenda Keylon - September 9th, 2007 at 3:46pm - Email
Not only was Dr. Short my doctor but he was my friend. He was a great and caring physician. I was deeply shocked & sad to hear of his death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Glenda Keylon Spring City, Tn

Shelley Palmer - September 9th, 2007 at 6:10pm - Email
I worked with Dr. Short at Memorial Hospital on the orthopedic floor. He was kind, compassionate, and a good listener. I am blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

John Saari - September 9th, 2007 at 6:21pm - Email
Bruce made great impressions on his many friends and aqaintances. I will remember Bruce thru the good times I had with him. Thanks Bruce for the good memories.

don millwood - September 9th, 2007 at 6:40pm - Email
my name is don millwood Dr.Short was my heroe not only did he save my life but I considere him to be my friend.I met him in Erlanger Emergency room on november 22,1993 I had gotten my are caught in a paving machine totally destroing my bycept muscle,and breaking my bone from my elbow to my hand I thought I would lose my arm.After being caught in the conveyer belt for almost 2 hours,when they got me out of the machine.I was glad to just be alive on arriving at the E.R. Dr.Short was the first thing I remember seeing besides my family he told me that I had the worst crushing injury he had ever seen and didn't know if he could save my arm I told him that would be ok I was just glad to be alive.I woke up with an arm because of Dr.Short going the extra mile other surgeons wouldn't have.Dr.Short told me it was questionable if I could use my arm or not.but today I do use it with limatations but I thank god for that Dr.Short was on call that day to save my life.thank you don millwood

Jerry Workman - September 9th, 2007 at 7:16pm - Email
My family and I were so very sorry to hear the news of Dr. Short's passing. I will always appreciate his sense of humor and the special way he took care of his patients. Your family will be in our prayers.

Trinity Chuba, PT - September 9th, 2007 at 7:36pm - Email
My thoughts and prayers are with your family in the loss of Dr. Short. May God Bless you and be with you during this time.

Warren Puckett - September 9th, 2007 at 8:33pm - Email
My deepest sympathies to your family at the loss of Bruce. I knew him back in the early 80's when I was a student at UTC/hang glider pilot and he was a chef and pilot. We played on the same softball and volleyball team. He was a great guy and one of the smartest guys I ever knew. He set the record for airtime over Lookout in the summer of 80 when it was sorable everyday for a month. He got over 100 hours airtime in one month.... a record. He saw it as a challenge and it took it seriously. He was always up to the challenge.

I have faith that he is flying free now... like most hang glider pilots including myself hope for in heaven. God's Speed to you Bruce; I will always remember you buddy and we will fly together again someday.

Warren Puckett; BS, MS.
Dallas Texas
H4#24855; Private pilot
Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology Teacher

Eric, Tammy, Madison and Ethan Causey, Cols., GA - September 9th, 2007 at 9:02pm - Email
Beverly, Brad and Kelly our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this greatly unexpected loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and are always here for you. You are family to us and always will be. We love you all.

Debbie Pierce - September 9th, 2007 at 9:16pm - Email
I was tremendously saddened to hear of Dr. Short's sudden death. In 2000, I broke my ankle on the day before Thanksgiving. It was a very severe and painful break, but Dr. Short was so reassuring and kind. He did the surgery late that evening and was back to the hospital early on Thanksgiving morning to check on me. I know it must have been hard on your family at times when he had to be at the hospital on weekends and holidays, but you will never know how much I appreciated his being there. As I recovered, he was a pleasure to work with--so knowledgeable, witty, and personable. He was never in a hurry to get finished with our visits, and I felt like he was truly a friend rather than just a surgeon. I will be praying for your family in the days ahead.

Alma Wright - September 9th, 2007 at 9:49pm - Email
I am one of Dr. Short's many pt. He was a very fine man and I loved him for his caring matter. I worked at Erlanger for many years and Dr. Short always had a word for me each time we seen each other in the halls. He did two surgeries on me and I have never had a problem from them, I have always sung his praises. He will be greatly missed in the medical world and by all who ever knew him. GOD bless you and your family in this time,my prayers are with you all. Alma Wright

Chris Corellou - September 9th, 2007 at 10:21pm - Email
Beverly, Brad, Michael, hold on to eachother, my heart goes out to yall, i remember Bruce as being an original and funny guy;I know Chip LOVED him.I wish you all the courage you need in this hard moments.Frenchy Chris who lives now in New Orleans , Louisiana.Big sincere Hugs

Dan Shell - September 9th, 2007 at 10:32pm - Email
Beverly, Michael, and Brad,

Bruce was a joy to all who met him. Generous, joyful, and intelligent, he was always fun to be around. He will be greatly missed as he continues his journey ahead of us for a while. We are praying for you!


Dan, Cindy, and Jackson Shell
Dunlap, Tennessee

Beverly Grove - September 9th, 2007 at 10:40pm - Email
Beverly and family, I would like to send to you and all the staff that has worked with Dr. Short my heartfilled condolences. Life has been a better place for you and many others and for this i have been so greatful. We have had a short professional friendship and for this i have been blessed. God be with you during this difficult time. Beverly Grove

Mary Sharpe - September 9th, 2007 at 11:03pm - Email
Beverly, I was so shocked to hear of Bruce's sudden passing. I will pray hard for you and your boys. You have been such a help and inspiration to me and my family during my daughter's illness and passing. I know a small amount of what you are going through. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. Please let me know if I can do anything at all. Take comfort in the arms of that angel community at Our Lady of the Mount and let them wrap there wings around you. They offer comfort like no one else on this earth. Your husband has been lifted higher than he could ever soar on earth and is taking comfort on angel wings in heaven.

God Bless you all!
Mary Sharpe (Georgia Shell's Mom)

Ed Aslinger - September 9th, 2007 at 11:51pm - Email
I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Dr. Short. He was my doctor for several years and took excellent care of me, including a successful total knee replacement last year. When I was in to see him for a follow-up visit earlier this year, he was, as always, gracious and welcoming -a strong, friendly handshake - and as always was encouraging and praised me for my progress. He was an excellent surgeon and a fine human being.

My wife and I hold his family in our hearts and prayers.

I will miss him greatly.

Debby Swanger - September 10th, 2007 at 12:14am - Email
I am so deeply saddened by the loss of our precious Dr. Short. He was certainly the Lexus of the medical field. His energy and enthusiasm toward his patients was so refreshing. He never missed an opprtunity to teach us (case managers) and we will always be better for it. To his family and his clinic family, I send my deepest sympathies and urge you to always remember the the impact you all made along side of him. He will be missed and you will all be in my prayers.

Bettie K. Chastain - September 10th, 2007 at 1:11am - Email
What a wonderful Dr. he was. Such a genteel gentleman and my friend...He was my late husband, Elmers and my Dr.He did Elmers hip and my left knee. I painted him a picture of a mountain scene in apprecation of his kindnesses. I shed many tears when I heard of his death. Dear Ones, you have my deepest empathy. I lost my beloved 2 years ago. I feel your pain. May God bless you and comfort you at this time. Bettie K. Chastain

Carole Brooks - September 10th, 2007 at 6:55am - Email
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember Bruce as a cheerful and happy hang glider pilot. Please know we are all here for you all.

Gary Engelhardt - September 10th, 2007 at 7:19am - Email
Beverly and Boys, We share your loss of this great man. He was an inspiration to many of us and a friend to all. He will be missed. Take care of yourselves first. Sincerely, Gary Engelhardt

Monica M. Jones, MD - September 10th, 2007 at 7:57am - Email
I wish to express my sympathies to Bruce's family. As an anesthesiologist, I enjoyed working with Bruce. His laughter will be missed as will he. Monica M. Jones, MD ACE Anesthesia

ERLANGER EAST SURGERY - September 10th, 2007 at 8:19am - Email
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr.Short.

Sam Perry - September 10th, 2007 at 9:00am - Email
My back doctor for over 10 years.He always had time to sit down and talk to you. A good man.wonderful physician.I will miss him for the rest of my life. My prayers go out to family,friends and his wonderful staff.

Associates in Diagnostic Radiology, P.C. - September 10th, 2007 at 9:18am - Email
Deepest sympathy, Chattanooga Imaging and Associates in Diagnostic Radiology

MELANIE STUBBS - September 10th, 2007 at 9:54am - Email
One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors: "The greatest want of the world is the want of men -- men who will not be bought or sold. Men who are in their inmost souls true and honest...Men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall..." I believe Bruce Short was such a man. He will be greatly missed by so many who benefited from his life. He left us all with something priceless however -- an example to live by. Our prayers are with the many hurting hearts of his family, friends, and co-workers.

Marlene Bolton - September 10th, 2007 at 10:27am - Email
My deepest sympathy to the family. I enjoyed working with him at Memorial Hospital. He was a kind, caring and generous man and will be greatly missed.

Anne Fricker - September 10th, 2007 at 10:47am - Email
I want to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Short was my doctor and did surgery on my shoulder. He was such a pleasant and caring person and I was so pleased with the care he gave me. I know you all will miss him as will the community and his patients.

sandra pruitt - September 10th, 2007 at 11:10am - Email
it was a great honor and privaledge to work with dr. short at plaza prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Christina Holmes - September 10th, 2007 at 11:22am - Email
It was with great sadness that I learned of Bruce's passing. He was a wonderful man, great pilot, and terrific doctor. I enjoy knowing him and my prayers are with Beverly & their boys - now grown! My condolences - Christina

Don Barrett - September 10th, 2007 at 11:34am - Email
Lynda and I offer our deepest sympathy and prayers for your great loss. I can't express how much we thought of Dr. Short. Four years ago, he repaired my shoulder; and on October 31, 2005 he replaced my knees. I remember how happy he was when I carried him my scorecard after playing eighteen holes of golf just twelve weeks after the replacements. I worked hard in rehab because he was the kind of doctor and person that inspired you to work hard to recover, because I believe that was his passion, "to see his patients healthy and happy". He has given me the opportunity to live out my retirement years in a healthy and productive lifestyle. I regret, so much, that his life was cut short; but, he was a wonderful man, excellent surgeon, and I am sure a loving husband and father. Thank you so much for sharing him with the world.

Greg W Goodman - September 10th, 2007 at 12:10pm - Email
Great friend and awesome surgeon.

Linda Austin - September 10th, 2007 at 12:41pm - Email
I am so sorry to hear about Bruce's untimely death. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bert & Betty Ensley - September 10th, 2007 at 1:01pm - Email
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dr.Bruce Short. The loss we feel in the passing of this dear man is difficult to express. We considered him to be the best of doctors and also felt he was a special friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Rick,Brian, Martha Richard and Shorty Pitts - September 10th, 2007 at 1:51pm - Email
Our sympathy goes out to the Short family and Mary Ann. Dr. Short was so smart and funny and no matter how bad you felt when you got to his office you felt better when you left knowing he cared about you. When Brian broke his arm in 1995 I took him to Dr. Short's office instead of the emergency room. He popped the bone in place and put the cast on and off we went. We went back to get the cast off 6 weeks later and Dr. Short said the arm had healed perfectly. I was thanking him for healing my son and he said "I was merely the instrument". How that touched my heart. We are glad to have had him in our lives even for a short time.

TRACY AUSTIN - September 10th, 2007 at 2:13pm - Email
The WORLD has lost a truely amazing man, Dr. Short is the reason for me being here today after an auto accident i had when i was 18 years old in 1993. I was told i would be in a wheelchair the rest of my life untill Dr. Short came into my hospital room & said he would have me walking in a couple days, That was 14 years ago this month. I am honored to have known him & call him a friend. My condolences to the family, you are in our prayers!

Carolyn K Snyder - September 10th, 2007 at 2:19pm - Email
I was one of Dr. short's patients. i will miss him, he treated me well. God Bless you all.

Carolyn K Snyder - September 10th, 2007 at 2:20pm - Email
I was one of Dr. short's patients. I will miss him, he treated me well. God Bless you all.

Gladys Oliver - September 10th, 2007 at 2:29pm - Email
I had not met Dr. Short until June 11 th.and then you did surgery on me and I was so impressed with him and when he dismissed me 2 weeks ago , I Thanked Him for being so concerned and such a gentleman. He was a wonderful person and I am glad he was there for me and he will be greatly missed.

Atrium Surgery Center - September 10th, 2007 at 3:17pm - Email
We will miss our friend,respected surgeon,beloved man. We will miss the stories and conversations on life and living. We will miss the humor and also the compassion he brought to all of us. So many lives were touched by his...if only more could learn to follow. Our heartfelt sorrow is extended to Mrs. Short sons, and family.

Evonne Marler - September 10th, 2007 at 4:23pm - Email
To Dr. Short's wife and sons: I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Dr. Short was only my doctor for a short time, but I liked him so much. I just felt an instant connection with him. He was incredibly kind and very gentle and terribly funny. I could tell from some of his comments that he loved and feared our Lord, and I pray that it will give you comfort that he is with his Savior. I pray too that you will be comforted as you deal with this sudden loss. I just wanted to share with you that your father/husband made a deep impression on me in just a brief acquaintance.

Christy Ray - September 10th, 2007 at 5:57pm - Email
I am sorry for your family's loss. Dr. Short was an excellent doctor. He took care of me about 12 years ago after my 5th knee injury. He was the only one that said no surgery needed and saved me from it. He will be truly missed and you all are in my prayers.

Debbie Rodriguez - September 10th, 2007 at 6:13pm - Email
Cindy: I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I worked in the same building (Dome)as you many years ago and took you to his house to move some furniture to your apartment downtown. Please contact me if you read this message. Your brother was very kind the one time I met him and I have heard for many years what a wonderful doctor he was. Sincerely, Debbie Rodriguez

Janice Barnes - September 10th, 2007 at 6:49pm - Email
I first met Dr. Short in 2004.He did 3 sigeries on my knee and dismissed me this past April.He was a kind and sweet man that treated you like a person and not just a patient.I just heard of his passing today and it just broke my heart.My sincere sympathies to his family-he will be missed.

Janice Barnes - September 10th, 2007 at 6:49pm - Email
I first met Dr. Short in 2004.He did 3 sigeries on my knee and dismissed me this past April.He was a kind and sweet man that treated you like a person and not just a patient.I just heard of his passing today and it just broke my heart.My sincere sympathies to his family-he will be missed.

Steve McDaniel - September 10th, 2007 at 6:56pm - Email
Dr. Short was so compassionate and understanding before, during, and after my knee replacement surgery. My mother died during my rehab on my knee. He was so helpful! He truly was a kind and wonderful physician!

Robin Harris - September 10th, 2007 at 6:58pm - Email
Dr. Short was a compassionate doctor. I was thankful to see him and he treated me with kindness and humanity that was refreshing. Now, he "walks through the valley of the shadow of death"(Psalms 23:4), but as the rest of that verse goes on to say, nothing to be afraid of awaits him. Christ has gone before him and returned to guide Dr. Short to the other side. Jesus got a wonderful reward at the end of that journey, and he promised a man who was dying with him that Paradise would be that man's eternal home(Luke 23:42,43). Dr. Short can say, as all those who respect God "give me back my life because of your unfailing love"(Psalms 119:159). Until that day of reunion, God comfort you, family and faith support you. Respectfully; Robin Harris

Donna Adkins - September 10th, 2007 at 8:10pm - Email
I only had the priviledge to be a patient of Dr. Short for only a short time, and I was so pleased and happy to meet such a kind caring man.

Haskell and Linda Lawson - September 10th, 2007 at 8:44pm - Email
So sad for the family of Dr. Short. We just saw him about 2 weeks ago--checkup from last year's surgery. When Haskell needed to see someone about his knee, we picked him at random out of several orthopedic surgeons and found him to be such a gifted and tallented doctor. We will miss him!

Lisa Armstrong - September 10th, 2007 at 8:48pm - Email
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was a patient of Dr. Short and had so much respect for him and his staff. A wonderful doctor. We will miss him. My prayers go out to the family and friends for God's comfort during this difficult time. Lisa Armstrong Chickamauga, GA

Kim Sudderth - September 10th, 2007 at 9:35pm - Email
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr.short was a wonderful doctor and a kind man. I arrived on the wrong day to have my stitches taken out by Dr. Bruce and Dr.Short took the time to see me and take them out. I also work on the ortho floor at Memorial and I know that he will be greatly missed by all of us.

Andrea Hayes Smith and family - September 10th, 2007 at 9:43pm - Email
Beverly and sons, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you and the rest of the Short family in this time of great sorrow. I loved the years I worked for Dr. Short and I will always cherish the memories I have of him. He was our fearless leader, father figure, teacher, and friend. I have been blessed by having been priveleged to work with such a talented doctor. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Lorry Aslinger - September 10th, 2007 at 10:02pm - Email
Dr Short saved my arm about 15 years ago. I had a wreck and went for months without any progress before I met him. I was a teenager without insurance. He took me in, did surgery, and I was healed. Since then he has cared for my toddler, numerous family members, and friends. I always trusted him and appreciated his sence of humor. He was a hero to many.

John & Kelly Latshaw - September 10th, 2007 at 11:02pm - Email
Mrs. Short, family & Rusty (beloved pet), MaryAnn & staff--May friends give you comfort & support, may GOD give you peace & strength. Dr. Short was a Dr. like no other, a rare & special person. He had compassion for all he cared for & it truly showed in his actions. His life was his testimoney & a shining light to the world. He did what he loved & loved what he did. We are grieved at his passing. With prayers, sympathy & support Kelly & John Latshaw

Jim & Terrie Garner - September 11th, 2007 at 10:47am - Email
We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Short's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Dr. Short operated on my husband several years ago and we thought the world of him. He was a very thorough and caring physician and was one of those physicians who had a wonderful bedside manner. He will be missed. May God keep you in His care during this difficult time.

Carolyn Wilhoit - September 11th, 2007 at 12:54pm - Email
I am so so sorry to hear of Dr. Shorts' passing. He was so very kind to my Mother and myself at a time when we were so in need of help. A truly compassionate man indeed and it was a kindness I shall forever remember.

Gerald D. Short, Sr. - September 11th, 2007 at 1:00pm - Email
I shall miss you son, not only today, but tomorrow and always. One day we shall have a great reunion with your mother, granddmother and all of those who have gone on before us. I shall always have those precious memories of the many things we said and did. No father could have had a more wonderful son. One day we shall meet again and rejoice in the love and families we shared. Until then, just know that i loved you with all my heart. Dad

Monica Steele - September 11th, 2007 at 2:44pm - Email
Beverly, Michael & Brad my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Short was a wonderful man and doctor. I feel honored to have had the chance to work for such an amazing man. He will be missed greatly!

Cheryl Slaughter - September 11th, 2007 at 4:34pm - Email
Dr. Short was my doctor and he was a sweet and loving doctor. He will truly be missed.

Doris Pollari - September 11th, 2007 at 5:00pm - Email
Beverly and boys-I valued Bruce's friendship as a member of the hang gliding community, but my appreciation and admiration of him grew when I became his patient. I never had a doubt that I was in the best hands. Such a competent and caring man, I will truly miss him. My sincere condolence.

mike eaton - September 11th, 2007 at 5:57pm - Email
my sincere sympathy and condolences for the entire family... all are in my thoughts and Prayers

Wanda Hughes - September 11th, 2007 at 9:23pm - Email
Dr. Short will bed greatly missed on 3 south at memorial hospital. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. May God Bless you always.

Wanda Hughes - September 11th, 2007 at 10:03pm - Email
Dr. Short will be greatly missed on 3 south at memorial hospital. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. May God Bless you always.

Dr. Lonita Davidson - September 12th, 2007 at 10:14am - Email
God does not make mistakes and an Angel was needed when He called Dr. Short home. I will miss my caring and honest doctor who took excellent care of me for many years. Dr. Lonita Davidson, Patient

PANSY BURCH - September 12th, 2007 at 3:50pm - Email

Ta-Tanisha "Ta-Ta" Pope - September 12th, 2007 at 3:53pm - Email
Dr. Short is man I have respected and admired for the past six and a half years. He was a brilliant physician, teacher and wonderful man to work for. I am really going to miss fighting over the morning crossword puzzle with him. We love you Bruce. Ta-Ta (CBJS)

Ta-Tanisha "Ta-Ta" Pope - September 12th, 2007 at 4:00pm - Email
Dr. Short is man I have respected and admired for the past six and a half years. He was a brilliant physician, teacher and wonderful man to work for. I am really going to miss fighting over the morning crossword puzzle with him. We love you Bruce. Ta-Ta (CBJS) BEVERLY, MICHAEL AND BRAD, GOD BLESS YOU.

RAE AND LARRY DAVIS - September 12th, 2007 at 4:49pm - Email

Kaye and Edwin Thurman - September 12th, 2007 at 7:28pm - Email
Dear Beverly, It was only after you had left the South Chattanooga pool this morning that I was informed of the recent passing of your husband. Kaye and I want to give to you our most sincere expression of condolences. I am so sorry I did not know sooner. If there is ever anything we can do please tell us. Edwiin Thurman

Diane Mulroe - September 12th, 2007 at 9:33pm - Email
Dear Bev and Brad and Michael...words cannot express our heartfelt condolences upon hearing of Bruce's death. We are so shocked. We are grateful that we were able to be together as a family for Cindy's wedding. Please know that you will all remain in our thoughts and daily prayers in the coming days of this journey. With Love, Mark, Diane, Moriah, Sarah, Samuel, and Hannah Mulroe

Sharon & Michael Tachenko - September 14th, 2007 at 6:33pm - Email
Dearest Beverly, Brad and Michael, How shocked and saddened we were to learn today of Bruce's untimely loss to you all! I have often recalled various conversations your dad and I had when you were in my class, Brad. I have even passed some of his words on to others, always conscious of where they had originated. Your father was a unique man, Brad & Michael; and you were blessed to call him your father. He was one of few fathers coming regularly to parent/teacher conferences. He had wisdom and a caring spirit, buoyed by zest for life, humor and perspective! He has placed an important mark upon your character that his passing will never erase. I am sad that he will not be a physical part of your life passages; but his spirit will be forever present. . . Run a good race, and know he cheers for you from a better place! May you each feel upheld by many prayers! May you revel in sweet memories! Love, Ms. "T"

Ginny Walter - September 17th, 2007 at 2:25pm - Email
Every now and then, God puts someone in this world to be an example of what we all should strive to be...Honest, hardworking, ethical, but with the heart of a child. I had the Privilege to work with such a person. Dr. Short taught me knee and shoulder anatomy, but mor important, life anatomy. He was a hero to his patients, a wonderful surgeon, a great teacher, and he was my friend. I will remember always his honesty, his smile, and how he tried to outsing James Taylor in the OR. We all loved him. I will miss my friend. Heaven's gain is our loss.

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