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Dr. Marcia J. B. Pernoll

April 30, 2012 by

Dr. Marcia J. B. Pernoll, 63, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, after more than a two-year battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She practiced her specialty of neonatology, taking care of sick newborn babies for 35 years, until she became too ill to work any longer.
Marcia was born July 30, 1948 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where her father was stationed with the US Air Force following WWII. She attended Michigan State University (MSU), graduating with high honors in 1969. While on MSU’s swim team she was a highly ranked NCAA swimmer. Her M.D. degree was awarded in 1973 at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. After performing her internship and Pediatrics residency, she returned to the University of Michigan Medical School, completing her Neonatal Fellowship in 1978. She remained on the Michigan faculty until 1980, when she moved to New Orleans as director of Neonatology at the Ochsner Clinic. Later, she practiced neonatology at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La.
Marcia married Martin L. Pernoll, M.D. in Shalimar, Fla. in 1990 after which they both took a sabbatical at the Pernoll Ranch in Summer Lake. This time gave Marcia the opportunity to learn ranching and imbued her with a lasting love of the high desert, the Great Basin, and stewardship of the land. Over their marriage they increased the size of their ranch while making numerous improvements as well as other investments in Lake County. While Marcia will be greatly missed at the Pernoll Ranch’s centenary (2018), her numerous contributions will remain evident.
After the sabbatical Marcia and Martin moved to Houston, Texas where they practiced until Martin retired at the end of 1999. In 2000 they moved to Reno, Nev. for Marcia to practice neonatology at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center.
Caring for endangered newborns during their most critical interval of life was Marcia’s passion.
Dr. Pernoll’s excellence was publicly recognized in many forums, but most recently: she was an American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter “Real Hero” in 2006 for her volunteer work in post-Katrina Louisiana; Renown Regional Medical Center awarded her the Patient Advocate Award in 2011 while she was still working full time; and Pediatrix Medical Group and Obstetric Medical Group awarded her the Terry Sweeney Distinguished Physician Award for 2012.
She was preceded in death by her father, Col. George P. Brenner, Jr. (USAF retired).
She is survived by her devoted husband of 21 years and the love of her life, Martin L. Pernoll, M.D.; mother Beryl E. Brenner; brother and sister-in-law Paul H. and Maureen Brenner; sister Joyce Penman; sisters and brothers-in-law Nancy and Ron Tompkins, Beverly and Jim Borah and Elaine and Charlie Rowley; numerous nieces and nephews; stepchildren Martin W. Pernoll and Kristin and Jon Hinson; seven grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Pernoll considered her Pediatrix practice partners as extended family.
Funeral services were held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Dr., Reno, Nev. on Monday, April 16, 2012. Memorials will be held at the Summer Lake Christian Church in Summer Lake on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, Fla. on June 9, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Marcia, a life-long philanthropist, requested that donations be made to the Marcia Pernoll Fund, the nonprofit corporation that she established for the benefit of sick newborn infants of northern Nevada, or to the charity of your choice.

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