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Athletic Hall of Fame

John A. Garnish

John A. Garnish, M.D.


At Rochester:

  • Earned letters in three sports (football, basketball, and baseball)
  • Starred at quarterback for three seasons, at forward in basketball for two years, and at first base and in right field for baseball over three seasons
  • Steward of Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Graduated as a Pre-Med student


  • Entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951
  • Graduated as Pilot and Commissioned Officer in 1952
  • Flew B-26s in combat in Korea from 1953-54
  • Reassigned to Strategic Air Command, flying B-36s, 1954-55
  • Entered medical school at Syracuse after discharge in 1955
  • Medical degree conferred in 1959
  • Internship at University of Michigan
  • General Practice residency in Syracuse, Ophthalmology residency Syracuse
  • Board certified Ophthalmology
  • Vice president and board member, Monroe County Medical Society
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • President, Rochester Ophthalmology Society
  • Associate professor of Ophthalmology at University's Medical School
  • Member, Spike Garnish Fund
  • Passed away in 2014