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Dubuque leader in mental health community dies


A Dubuque doctor who served as a leader in Dubuque's mental health community for more than 60 years has passed away. Thomas Piekenbrock, 90, passed way Saturday peacefully at home with his family.

Dr. Piekenbrock, or as most called him "Doc" or "TCP", worked to bring advancements in treatment to the Dubuque area. He helped develop the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health. Dr. Piekenbrock continued to care for mental health patients at Hillcrest Family Services until his retirement at age 89.

Dr. Piekenbrock was only the 105th physician out of more than 34,000 members to achieve the American Psychiatric Association 50 year Distinguished Life Member Medallion. He also received the Nancy Hill Award from Hillcrest Family Services in recognition of special serves to the organization.

Memorials in his name may be sent to Mercy Hospital Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Awarding Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing in Dubuque.

Memories may also be sent to Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque in care of Dr. Thomas Piekenbrock Scholarship Fund for graduates pursuing healthcare education.

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