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David Joseph Trout was born on July 18, 1935 in Kokomo, Indiana at the Good Samaritan Hospital. He died on October 4, 2022 at his home in Lafayette, Indiana, at the age of 87. His mother was Catherine M. Dufendach Trout and his father was Dr. Carl J Trout. At the time, his parents lived in West Point, Indiana, where his father was then a general practitioner. dr Trout often said that the only reason he was born in Kokomo was because his mother was there at the time and “I wanted to be close to her”.

David, his sister and his parents moved to Lafayette when he was 4 years old. He later attended Highland Grade School from 1st to 7th grade. With the middle school system under construction, he attended grades 8 through 12 in the Jefferson High School building on North 9th Street. In high school, he majored in science, math, English, and music. He was a member of the school’s wind and concert bands, the school orchestra, the Pep band, the Dixieland band, and the dance band. He took piano lessons and played the clarinet, bass viol, glockenspiel, glockenspiel and xylophone in various bands and orchestras. He fondly recalled a bass viol he used for the Dixieland band, which was workshop-made and had an aluminum body. It had several unfortunate resonant frequencies that always seemed at odds with the tunes he was playing at the time.

During high school summer vacation, he played bass viol as pickup when a local choir and members of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presented 4 operettas. He was particularly fond of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore because the bass viol part was mostly just 3 notes.

As a teenager, he attended Culver Summer Naval School, graduating in 1951. His interest in sailing was later rekindled when he started his medical practice in 1967 and he bought his first of 3 sailboats.

After graduating from high school, he began his medical studies at Indiana University in 1953 and met the requirements for admission to medical school in 3 years. He continued his music briefly during his college years by playing the carillon in the Hoosier Marching Hundred in his freshman year.

He entered medical school in 1956 and graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1960. During his final year out of quarters, he worked as an outside doctor at Home Hospital, where he assisted in the birth of his first child. After graduating, he completed a general internship at Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC), the required year of general surgery at Old St. Vincent Hospital, and the 3-year ear, nose and throat specialty training at the IUMC. dr Trout was the senior otolaryngologist at what was then Indianapolis General Hospital, now Wishard Hospital, for 6 months, 6 months at IU Medical Center and 12 months at Indianapolis Veterans Administration Hospital.

He married Barbara A. Query during his sophomore year in medical school and was married to her for 34 years.

After his specialist training, Dr. Trout spent two years as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was the Officer in Charge of the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. In his second year of training, he also managed the eye clinic.

He was honorably discharged from the army in 1967 and opened his ENT practice with his father and Dr. Raymond Calvert at 314 North 6th Street in Lafayette, now a parking lot. In 1972 he moved his office to 2 North 26th Street, now a stormwater retention basin. Then, in 1979, he moved into Lafayette Medical Center, a building that was demolished.

In 1973 dr. Trout appointed Colonel of Kentucky by Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford. A Kentucky Colonel is the equivalent of Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash.

dr Trout married J. Kathryn (Kathy) Pickett Simmons in 1993.

dr Trout retired suddenly after suffering a heart attack in March 2001. His trusted office associates of 20+ years, Nancy Edwards and Cheryl Servies, and Patti Mellor, 13, closed his practice at his request after he awoke from a 7-day induced coma. An emergency cardiac stent implantation by his Lafayette cardiologists and subsequent coronary artery bypass graft at St. Vincent Hospital in July 2001 allowed him to enjoy retirement until his death.

Professionally, Dr. Prior to his retirement, Trout was a member of the medical staff at Lafayette Home Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, White County Memorial Hospital and then Frankfort Hospital. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, and the Tippecanoe County Medical Society. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

dr Trout has had many hobbies over the years. These included scuba diving, amateur gunsmithing and target shooting, bicycle building and riding, photography, computers, classical music and sailing, among others. Some summers he sailed Lake Freeman 2 and often 3 days a week. He was a charter member of the Lafayette Sailing Club and was once Vice Commodore. He and his family have been tracking his sailboat over the holidays just in case they find a place to sail. In 1972 he towed a sailboat for a 6000 mile vacation and never got the opportunity to sail. As a result of his voyages as a skipper in the British Virgin Islands, he was appointed Commodore by the Moorings Charter Service.

dr Trout always considered himself a lifelong learner. Because of his interest in the language, he began studying German at Purdue at the age of 72. He studied German for 4 semesters, then he and his wife went on a trip to Germany in July 2010. He celebrated his 75th birthday both in Freiburg, Germany and later the same day in Paris, France. He was especially grateful to John White and Jennifer Gerndt because they were so instrumental in his (somewhat futile) quest to learn German. He always claimed that after 4 semesters of study he could speak German almost as well as a 2-year-old. Other inspirational teachers included Professors Yvonne Pitts, Douglas Hurt, Wendy Kline, Randy Roberts, Caroline Janney, David Atkinson, Cole Jones, William Gray and Mary Mitchell, the professors at Dr. Trout were when he was studying history at Purdue. Important mentors in his early years were Dr. Marlow Manion, who was the head of the ENT department during his residency, and Dr. Robert Braunlin, a resident two years before Dr. Trout, who taught him that failure is positive because it steers you toward success.

dr Trout is survived by his wife Kathryn; his children Michael A. (Kellie) Trout of Lafayette, Caroline J. (Steve) Trout Johnson of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Dr. Robert J. (Sharon) Trout of Indianapolis; his stepsons Stephen T. (CJ) Simmons, Gregory A. Simmons of West Lafayette; 5 grandchildren, Katherine (Eric), Jacqueline, Scott, Abney and Ellie; 4 step-grandchildren, Ashley, Connor, Joel, Reva; and his sister Catherine Jane Trout Campbell of West Lafayette; and his ex-wife Barbara Query Trout Kretzmeier. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Brian J. Simmons, of Indianapolis, and a grandchild, Daniel.

dr Trout said he learned a lot from his successes, but much more from his mistakes. His 2 favorite sayings both come from Aeschylus:

“It’s always time for old men to study.”


“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep a pain that cannot be forgotten falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair against our will wisdom comes to us by the terrible grace of God.”

Worship services for Dr. Trout will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Tippecanoe Funeral Chapel in West Lafayette, IN. Viewing from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. before the service. Burial after services at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Condolences to the family can be expressed online at www.tippecanoememorygardens.com. Tippecanoe Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with the preparations.

Posted October 05, 2022

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