The family of Dr. Ted Eastburn has scheduled a memorial service for the prominent Colorado Springs cardiologist and former member of City Council. The service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus.
Eastburn's many friends, patients and acquaintances were still stunned at the death Tuesday of Eastburn, 56, who took his own life inside the offices of Pikes Peak Cardiology on the seventh floor of Memorial Hospital Central's East Tower. He was the former husband of Kathryn Eastburn, co-founder and longtime editor of the Independent.
Memorial's official confirmation came in a news release shortly after 1 p.m. An earlier release from Springs police gave the following description:
"This morning at approximately 7:30 AM the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) was dispatched to Memorial Hospital located at 1400 East Boulder to investigate a shots fired situation. Upon arrival officers were directed to the seventh floor of the east tower in an area leased by Pikes Peak Cardiology. Officers found a deceased adult male in one of the offices. Early indications show there is evidence that is consistent with a self inflicted wound. A gun was recovered at the scene."
It went on to say that the Violent Crimes Unit was dispatched to assist with the investigation.
Memorial's news release included a statement from the Eastburn family:
"Dr. Ted Eastburn was born on Feb. 7, 1954, in Columbus, Mississippi, and he grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and Memphis, Tennessee.
"Dr. Eastburn graduated from Rhodes College, where he was President of the Honor Council and Senior Class President. Dr. Eastburn graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 — 1984.
"Dr. Eastburn returned to Vanderbilt for an academic fellowship in cardiology, where he served alongside Dr. William Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, setting up one of the first heart transplant programs in the country.
"Dr. Eastburn joined Pikes Peak Cardiology in Colorado Springs in 1991 and became a senior partner. He served as City Councilman for the City of Colorado Springs from 1999 — 2003, and ran for mayor at the end of his term.
"Dr. Eastburn was an avid bicyclist who toured the western region and parts of Europe whenever he had a chance. He loved Colorado Springs and contributed his time, energy, and expertise to causes like Peak Vista (clinics for the underserved and uninsured).
"His life ended tragically this morning, August 17, 2010. Services will be announced at a later date."
Mayor Lionel Rivera, who served on City Council with Eastburn, issued the following statement:
"My wife Lynn and I and my City Council colleagues extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Ted Eastburn. He was a true friend and we are deeply saddened by his passing. Ted was dedicated to our community and his life deserves to be honored for his service to his patients, Memorial Health System, and our city. It was an honor to serve with him for four years on City Council. As a Council member, Ted always cared for and worked to support our employees and the citizens who elected him to office. We will miss him."