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Information has been passed down from the family.

Join them on June 1, 2019 at 4301 Alfriends Trail in Virginia Beach, to honor the life of Harry. People should plan on arriving between 3:30-4 pm to mingle and the memorial service will begin at 5 pm near the pool. People will be given the opportunity to share memories if they would like.

If you have any pictures of Harry, the family is putting together a video and you can email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Harry Gordon Plunkett, Jr., MD, 88, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2019.

An exceptional man in every sense of the word, education and hard work ethic were part of his genetic makeup. His father was valedictorian of his high school. He was valedictorian of his high school in his hometown of Vinton, Virginia. His son, William, following in their footsteps. His constant mantra was “Get it done” and he certainly lived up to that.

Harry finished pharmacy school at the Medical College of Virginia. There he met Barbara Peacock who was also an aspiring pharmacist and fell deeply in love (by the way she finished first in Pharmacy school, he was second). She became the center of his world and would remain so.

After graduating, Harry went to Officer’s Training School in Rhode Island and spent four years on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Barbara encouraged him to pursue medicine and that he did. While she worked long hours as a pharmacist, he completed his medical studies at MCV, began his emergency room career at Norfolk General Hospital.

Dr. Plunkett started Emergency Physicians of Tidewater which over the last five decades has ballooned into a highly respected and awarded institution spanning many hospitals. Along with his original partners, he established The Prototypical Emergency Medical Technician Training Program. He also established one of the first emergency medicine residencies in the United States at EVMS. Teaching was his passion.

In retirement, his passions drifted towards the arts such as music, painting, and literature. Harry was on the Board of the Virginia Opera Association and traveled the world with friends to various opera performances. Even in his last months, he visited New York to see “La Boheme.” He was a competent painter in his own right and pursued his passion to the last month of his life.

Dr. Plunkett was also a philanthropist and set up several scholarships for students at the Medical College of Virginia Dr. Plunkett can be described as a humanist. As an active longtime member of Baylake United Methodist Church, he had a devout faith. This faith allowed him to connect with everyone he met. He would always make the person he was speaking to feel like they were the most important person in his life. He genuinely loved life and all people.

He lived as he died, with courage, humility, grace, and a deep respect for humanity, but most of all, he spent a lifetime revering and loving wife, Barbara.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Carol West and Harry Gordon Plunkett, sister Sue Plunkett Hill, brother Carroll (Pete) Plunkett and his wife of 64 years, Barbara Peacock Plunkett. He is survived by two children, Helen Ruggles Ziff (Charles), who would become a teacher, and William Gordon Plunkett (Nikki), who would become a physician. He is also survived by three grandchildren, a great-grandchild; along with many extended relatives and friends.

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