Anthony married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Sylvester, on August 23, 1952, in Opelousas. He received his B.S. degree from Southwest Lousiana University in 1953 and his MD from Tulane University in 1958.
Anthony had a General Rotating Internship in 1959 in Nashville. In 1973 he graduated from the School of Aviation Medicine at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. He studied numerous other government and military courses in drugs, alcohol and rehabilitation.
Dr. Ziegler operated a Family Medical Practice from 1960 to 1973, in Vandalia, Missouri. During this period he taught at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. In 1973 he left Missouri for Houston to work for the Aviation Medical Clinic, FAA, as an Assistant Regional Flight Surgeon. In 1986, he became a Regional Flight Surgeon-Manager for the Medical Division, FAA Regional Office until his retirement in 1992.
He served four years in the US Navy in the Medical Department,. He also served in the US Air Force Reserves for six years and for the Louisiana State National Guard in the medical field for one year. He was board eligible as an Aviation Medical Specialist and had 2000 hours as a Commercial Airman.
Dr. Anthony Ziegler, Jr. was a loving, compassionate family man and devoted huband. He was never judgemental toward anyone he encountered. He never imposed his intellect and valued all people. He had a way of making anyone he conversed with feel as though they were the most important person in the room.
He valued education and loved teaching and sharing his knowledge. He had particular interests in reading, aviation, history, and loved to travel. He enjoyed working with his hands as much as performing surgery. Dr. Ziegler was a spiritual man who placed value on morals and traditions. Most important to him was time spent with family members. He loved to cook and host family gatherings.
Anthony is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Ann Ziegler; his eight children, John Cedric, Paul Gregory, Karen Michelle, Lisa Carol, Karl Michael, Anthony, Barbara Ann and Angelique. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, one great grandchild and by his brother, Robert Paul Ziegler.
In addition to his parents, Anthony and Beulah Ziegler, he was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah Mae Ziegler.
Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 11, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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