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Dr. Dana Gerard Cable

August 7, 1943 ~ July 30, 2010 (age 66)

Dr. Dana Gerard Cable, 66, of Frederick died on Friday July 30, 2010 at Frederick Memorial Hospital.  He was the loving husband for 33 years of Sylvia K. Cable.

Born on August 27, 1943 in SewickleyPA, he was the son of Jean Clover Cable of Brookeville, PA, and the late Boyd Cable. 

Dr. Dana G, Cable earned his B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his Ph.D. from the University of West Virginia.  He was a professor of psychology and thanatology at Hood College.  A leader in the field of gerontology (the study of aging) and pioneer in thanatology (the study of dying, death, and bereavement).  Dr. Cable was director of both the thanatology and human science graduate programs at Hood.  He was a licensed psychologist and certified grief counselor.


Dr. Cable was on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.  He authored the book “Death: The Universal Experience”.  He authored and coauthored (along with Dr Terry Martin) numerous chapters in books as well as professional papers.  He and Dr Martin were invited co-presenters at international conferences in CanadaGreeceand Scotland.


Dr. Cable was on a team that developed a 10-part video course on death and dying for public television and distance learning.  He served on the Board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and earned that organization’s Clinical Practice Aware. 


Dr. Cable served as President of Phi Kappa Phi international honor society and was chairman of the board of Hospice of Frederick County.  He lectured widely in his chosen fields, most recently as the invited speaker of the Carhart-Rollandini Thanatology Lecture Series at Hood when he presented his well-founded theory of grief.  He was a gifted teacher and mentor to hundreds of students spanning his nearly 40 year teaching career.       


Dr. Cable served as an International Trustee for Kiwanis International.  He served as a Governor for Capital District Kiwanis.  He was a member of Kiwanis of Frederick.  His favorite past time was going toLas Vegas and taking cruises in January.


Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two children; David Cable and wife Carolyn of Yellow Springs and Jenny Morgan and companion Patrick Ellis of Middletown.  Five grandchildren; Jared Cable, Samantha Cable, Taylor Cable, Ryan Morgan and Sarah Morgan. One sister Penny Saxton and husband Lew of Pennsylvania. Nieces and nephews, Tina Chillcott, Bill Ramey, Daniel Cable, Waylon Boyer and Angie Lahrman. He will remembered by his lifelong friend and associate Dr. Terry Martin.  Also survived by several great nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his grandson, Alex Nathaniel Cable, his sister Christine Cable and infant brother Lanny Cable.


Friends may call from 10:00am until 9:00pm, on Wednesday August, 4, at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. The family will receive friends between the hours of 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday August 4, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday August 5, at the Coffman Chapel at Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet CemeteryFrederick.


Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Hospice of Frederick County, P. O. Box 1799 FrederickMaryland, 21702, or to the Kiwanis International Foundation, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46268.



 Service Information

August 4, 2010

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

August 4, 2010

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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