Ralph William Day, M.D., Ph,D., FACOG, after working hard to overcome the effects of a stroke,\nsuccumbed to the impact of the severe stroke on March 6, 2023, surrounded by loving family and\nfriends. He was engaging in activities he loved right up until the day of his illness.\n\nDr. Day was born in humble circumstances in Hanover, NH in a logging camp. Ralph spent his childhood\ntraveling around New England with his lumber jack father and mother. He excelled at school and took\nan avid interest in the Future Farmers of America (serving as President of the local chapter in High\nSchool) and he also played basketball. This was likely a precursor of his huge interest in the Boston\nCeltics, of which team was the biggest fan.\n\nDr. Day graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and was encouraged by guidance counselors\nto go to college. This opened up opportunities that he hadn't dreamed of previously.\n\nHe began his educational career at the University of New Hampshire where he obtained a B.S. in poultry\nscience and studied biochemistry in preparation for medical school. He then earned his Ph.D. and\nMedical Degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1970, followed by an internship in Pediatrics and a\nsubsequent Residency with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, culminating his educational\nrepertoire in 1974.\n\n\nDr. Day served as a United States Air Force Flight Surgeon until 1977 when he began his private practice\nin Rochester, NH until 2001. Dr. Day's cross-country move led him to Altus, OK where he worked at\nJackson Co. Memorial Hospital, Women's Health Associates Clinic until 2004. He eventually joined the\nOU Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology faculty member from 2007 through 2016. Dr. Day was a\nhighly respected faculty member who served an important role in the education of OU residents and\nmedical students. He began performing Locum Tenens and On Call services leading up to his hire in 2007\nat the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Day was a talented\neducator and mentor for the residents and students. He always had a heart for education, beginning\nwith his Air Force career where he was Chairman of an Obstetrics & Gynecology department in a Family\nPractice Residency Program. At Lawton Indian Hospital he mentored special forces medics, and\nthroughout his career he taught residents, Medica, Nursing, Midwifery and Physician Assistant students.\nHis leadership and investment in the future of health care professionals is certainly commendable.\n\n\nDr. Day's 40+ year career is speckled with service to numerous committees, organizations, leadership\npositions, publications, and contributions beyond what can be listed here. Dr. Day will forever be a\nmember of the OU family.\n\nAfter retiring at the age of 77 he continued to pursue many interests. Dr. Day took courses in H-VAC, art\nand continued his love of farming by building a total of four ranches/farms in his lifetime. Dr. Day never\nstopped learning and pursing interests he was passionate about.\n\nDr. Day was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Freda Day, his sister Betty Day Donahue, and\nhis beloved son, Robert (Rob) Charles Day.\n\nDr. Day is survived by his beloved wife Diane Borner Day, his sisters Freda (Babe) Day Seargent and\nAngelina (Lee) Day Marcotte, his children: Patricia (Kelly) Day Davies, and husband Robert Davies,\nDeborah (Diane) Day Biron, and husband Robert Biron, William Robert (Bobby) Day and wife Bonnie\nDay, Alexander Edward Day, Anniska Elizabeth Day and partner Lupe Abad. Dr Day had many\ngrandchildren: Josiah Davies, Elijah Davies and wife Emily Davies, Micayla Day Hebert and husband\nJordan Hebert, Robert (Robbie) Charles Day, II., Kearstin Day and partner Tyler Avery, Kevin Day, Ian\nTate Snow and William Joseph (Joe) Day, Thomas Biron, Elaina Biron and Javier Perez. Dr. Day has four\ngreat grandchildren: Scarlett Davies, Henry Hebert, Eliana Avery and Jack Hebert, as well as many nieces\nand nephews, friends and "bonus children" too numerous to list, but who will forever be grateful for the\nway he touched their lives.\n\nThere were many passions in Dr. Day's life, but he would cite his love for Jesus as the most profound. He\ncame to know Him late in life but was greatly influenced by the love and unconditional acceptance he\nreceived. He spent the last thirty years of his life studying the scriptures and learning as much as he\ncould about God daily.