Richard Haines Demir, MD, FACOG, 64, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Oak Park, died on July 31, 2022. Born on March 13, 1958 in Oak Park, he was the only child of Vivian Alice May Haines Demir and Richard N. Demir. He grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1976. He received the MENSA award in 1976.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1980 at Tulane University in New Orleans and earned his Doctorate of Medicine in 1984 at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He was a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1988 at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, and was recognized by numerous honor societies.
He started his own private practice in 1998 and was the medical director and president of Demir Medical Group until 2005. He dedicated his career and time to serving the underprivileged women and children of the surrounding communities. Demir Medical Group was the largest private OB/GYN practice in Illinois for several consecutive years. He has been a leader in the field of minimally invasive surgery since 1990.
In 1994, he helped create the Demir Foundation to fund needed immunizations to children of the working poor in the greater Elgin area.
In 2007, he relocated to Arizona.
Richard was the husband of Kelly A. Demir for 27 years. They shared a love of music, art, food, travel, golf and unique adventures. In 2002, he earned the title of Dad to Morgan Erin and Jordan Taylor and was their biggest supporter.
The funeral service will be held on Aug. 10, viewing at 5 p.m. and service at 6 p.m. at Hansen’s Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, 6500 E Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.