A doctor’s take on his faraway army experience

Dr. Bert Loftman will share his experiences as an army doc at the April meeting of North Georgia Veterans.
By Wayne Tidwell

Big Canoe resident Bert Loftman will share his experiences as an army doctor at the Wednesday, April 11 North Georgia Veterans (NGV) luncheon at the Clubhouse.
It will be a discussion about Bert’s experience in the army beginning with how he entered the military, his year experiencing “on the job training” in anesthesia, actually getting to Vietnam, working in three hospitals, and the problems he faced getting home and what happened eight and three quarter months later.

Dr. Bert Loftman will share his experiences as an army doc at the April meeting of North Georgia Veterans.

Dr. Loftman spent his first ten years in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He then moved to Newark, Delaware where he completed high school. He went to undergraduate school at Indiana University. Two weeks before entering Indiana University Medical School, he married Mara Beth Goins, better known as “Bunny” here in Big Canoe.
Following medical school, Bert interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Florida. Then on to the U.S. Army where he spent his first year in “on the job training” in anesthesia at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He went to Vietnam, August 1969 to August 1970, leaving a six-month-old and a two-year-old with Bunny. Upon returning to civilian life, Bert went into a residency in neurosurgery back in Indiana.
Following Bert’s residency, the Loftmans moved to Atlanta where he practiced neurosurgery at Piedmont Hospital. In 2000, he moved his practice to Piedmont Mountainside where he sub-specialized in spinal surgery. He retired in 2005 when he and Bunny became full time residents of Big Canoe.
If you served in the armed forces of the United States, you are invited to join other veterans for lunch and fellowship on the second Wednesday of each month in Mountains Grille at the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti.
Cost is $17 per person and includes a buffet lunch. North Georgia Veterans membership is open to all who served and received an honorable discharge. There is no cost to becoming a member. More information and registration information can be found at www.ngvets.org.