Dr. John Lawson Magruder, most beloved husband and doting father, has been confirmed to have passed away at Coopers Rock State Forest last summer.
John is survived by his wife, Dr. Kathryn Kasicky and their children, Benjamin James (6) and Lillian Grace (10); parents, James and Abby Magruder of Hudson Oaks, Texas; sister, Jenny (Magruder) Marks; brother-in-law, Spencer Marks; niece, Samantha, of Aledo, Texas; in-laws, Paul and Mary Kasicky, of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Anna Kasicky; brother-in-law, Frank Sroka; nephew, Frank Paul, of Pittsburgh; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends, who considered him family. John will be deeply missed by all.
John was loved in life for his warm heart, joyful laughter, and enthusiasm for his work and his family. Although short, his life was full and he brought much joy to the lives of those who knew him.
He graduated from high school in Richmond, Virginia, where he stayed to attend VCU’s engineering school, then continued his professional career by attending Penn State College of Medicine and completing his residency and his stock market training at Wake Forest. He has been a Pediatric Neurologist at WVU Medicine since 2015, where his passion is treating epilepsy in children and developing the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for Children’s Hospital.
He spent his best times with his friends and family singing, acting, playing guitar, cooking, hiking, fishing, camping and skiing. He was also an avid student of football and poetry, filling stacks of notebooks with football plays and writing hundreds of poems.
To his children he was a best friend and a champion. Always patient, understanding and ready to ease fears and frustrations. He has spent many hours playing their unique Roofball, Stickball and Run Dog Run creations. We miss her expressive bedtime reading and storytelling.
His wife will treasure the time they spent together, from their first meeting in their medical school acapella group, the walks in the rain, the coffee on the porch wondering about the diversity of birds, the evenings enjoyable with friends and all the other precious moments.
Dr. Magruder was also a dedicated physician with a passion for improving the lives of children, especially in the state of West Virginia. He had a passion for EEG and provided the best possible care for children with epilepsy, sharing their triumphs and heartaches as well.
Throughout his life, John has been most at home in the natural world: from growing up a spruce tree in Glenn Allen, Virginia, to hiking with the Boy Scouts on his way to earning his Eagle Scout Award; picking blueberries and proposing to his wife among the ancient hemlocks to explore new paths with his children. It will always be found in rocks, trees and waterfalls.
The family is very grateful to their friends and family who showed such care and kindness while waiting to bring John to rest. They also thank the people of Morgantown, the Monongalia Sheriff’s Department, the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group and everyone else who sought them out and supported them.
At this time, the family asks for privacy as they continue to mourn the loss of this wonderful man and work to keep his legacy alive. In lieu of flowers, they request that donations be made in her memory to The Epilepsy Foundation of West Virginia (www.epilepsy.com/local/west-virginia, 445 West Main St. Suite 253, Clarksburg WV 26301) or Mountaineer Area Rescue Group (www.wvmarg.org, 714 Venture Dr. #119, Morgantown WV 26508).
Hastings Funeral was responsible for the arrangements.