Dr. Red Duke


Dr. Red Duke is dead at age 86.

Duke was a Texas trauma doctor who was working in the emergency room the day President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. He gave care to Texas Governor John Connolly that day.

Later he moved to Houston where he founded the Life Flight helicopter system.

He’s known to television viewers in these parts because for years he packaged weekly syndicated health reports seen around the country including Hartford’s channel 3.


Duke’s iconic mustache, expressionless delivery, and slow drawl reminded viewers of actor Sam Elliott.