Archibald Cunningham Wagner, M.D., 82, of Livingston, Mont., and formerly of Warrenton, died March 29, 2013, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Mont.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1930, in Norton, a small town in Appalachia. The son of a successful dentist A. C. Wagner and Edith Watkins, he went on to study medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond (which became the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine) and earned his M.D. in June 1954. After a year’s internship in Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Wagner served for three years as a captain in the United States Air Force, completing a term in the medical surgical field at Andrews Hospital-Bolling Air Force Base in June 1958.
He completed his residency at MCV in June 1962, after which he co-founded a two-person radiological practice based at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. The practice also served Front Royal, Culpeper and Manassas and grew to more than a dozen radiologists by 1990.
Dr. Wagner was named president of the Virginia chapter of the American College of Radiology from 1985-86. He was named a fellow emeritus of the American College of Radiology in 1991.
He was an avid fly-fisherman and after many summer family vacations to the Boulder River Ranch in Montana, he was hooked. He and his first wife, Jane, made Montana their home in the summer of 1991.
Dr. Wagner traded in his Brooks Brothers for cowboy boots as he immersed himself in the West. A lifelong learner, he became an avid horseman and served on the board of the Montana and Yellowstone Reining Horse Associations.
His life will be defined by the integrity, honor, sense of fairness, humor, intelligence, continual quest for learning, love of family and friends, the twinkle in his eye and a genuine “renaissance man” zest for life.
In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Wagner authored numerous works, both professional and personal, including numerous articles, poems and a book on the Nelson’s Spring Creek, “Growing Up In Paradise,” which is in its second printing.
He loved sports including golf, baseball, tennis, skiing, fly-fishing, reining, sailing, shooting, hiking and archery.
He also was accomplished musically, showing interest in the guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica, recorder and even the bagpipes, a connection to his Scottish heritage.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Wagner, in 1995. He is survived by his second wife, Gwen Wagner, of Livingston, Mont.; his daughter, Susan Kathrine Wagner, and her partner, Dr. William Ritchie; his daughter, Amy Witten Wagner, and her partner, Karen Langebeck; his son, Stuart Turner Wagner, and his wife, Lydia Dawn Wagner, and their children, Lydia Claire Wagner, and her partner, Andrew Tolbert, and Montana Katherine Wagner, and her partner, Zachary Gillespie; son Alec Cunningham Wagner, and his partner, William Vincent Mills; and stepdaughter Melanie Jo Handl.
Pastor Duane Huie will conduct a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Livingston Christian Center in Livingston, Mont.
Memorial contributions be made to the Bozeman Symphony, 1001 Oak St., Suite 201, Bozeman, Mont. 59715.
Online condolences may be made at Franzen-Davis.com