The Lancaster medical community recently lost two beloved physician leaders, neurosurgeon James P. Argires, M.D., and pediatrician Joseph A. Besecker, M.D. 

James P. Argires, M.D.
James P. Argires, M.D.

Dr. Argires, who died Aug. 13 at age 87, practiced in Lancaster County since 1968, co-founding Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates. In 2008, he joined Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists, and in his later years continued his practice with independent medical examinations.

Dr. Argires was a fixture at Lancaster General Hospital, where he served on the Board of Directors for 26 years, as chairman of the surgical department, and on 17 committees between 1979 and his death. He was instrumental in the Suburban Pavilion’s growth, bringing the first radiosurgical gamma knife to Lancaster and helping to bring the first open MRI. 

Dr. Argires served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and later on the boards of several local nonprofits. He and his wife of 65 years, Tasia, have three children and six grandchildren. 

Read Dr. Argires' full obituary

Joseph A. Besecker, M.D.
Joseph A. Besecker, M.D.

Dr. Besecker died Aug. 4, at age 85. He originally practiced on North Lime Street, next to Lancaster General Hospital, where he became Chief of Pediatrics. He retired from Roseville Pediatrics after more than 30 years of practicing medicine locally. 

Dr. Besecker served on the LGH Board of Directors and was named the 2006 recipient of the Henry S. Wentz, MD, award for his outstanding contributions to Lancaster General Hospital, graduate medical education and the Lancaster County community. 

Dr. Besecker was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He and his wife, Helen (Lynne), have five children and 13 grandchildren. 

Read Dr. Besecker's full obituary.

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