Family and friends are mourning the death of a doctor with deep Oklahoma roots who was shot and killed Sunday near Kansas City, Kan.
William Lewis Corporon, 69, practiced medicine from 1976 to 2003 in Oklahoma, according to a family statement. Corporon earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. He was known as the family physician in Cowboy boots and suspenders who always put his loved ones and patients ahead of himself.
“He wasn’t just a doctor; he was a really, really good friend,” said Lynn Holt, of Bray. He and his family were patients of Corporon’s for many years.
“He cared, he’d take time to answer your questions and he was real sympathetic,” said Holt, 60. “To him, you weren’t a number or a patient, you were a friend. ... After my momma died, he invited me for Christmas dinner. I went, and they treated me like family.”
Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, were two of the three killed in shootings Sunday at a Jewish community center and a retirement complex in Overland Park, Kan.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, has been arrested, police said.
Corporon graduated from OU’s medical program in 1972 and was a lifelong supporter of Sooner athletics, family members said. He practiced medicine in Marlow and Duncan before moving to the Kansas City area to be closer to family.
At a prayer vigil Sunday night that was recorded and posted on YouTube, Corporon’s daughter, Mindy Losen, spoke briefly about the tragedy.
“We all grieve in different ways, and I just wanted to tell people thank you,” Mindy Losen, who is also an OU graduate, said in the video.
“I want you to know that I came upon the scene very, very quickly. I was there before the police, and I was there before the ambulance, and I knew immediately that they were in heaven. And I know that they are in heaven together.
“I got to tell both of them today that I love them. I was the last person in the family who saw them.”