Medical 05

John Nelson Eble II

September 15, 1951 ~ August 21, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old



John Nelson Eble II, M.D., M.B.A. passed away at home on August 21, 2023.  He was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 15, 1951 to John Nelson Eble and Jane Brewer Eble.

John attended Shortridge High School and then received his B. S. and M.D. from Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1980.  He received his M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1990.

John’s keen eye, insatiable curiosity and fondness for the unusual served him well in his 71 years of life. These characteristics drove his professional career, but also the expeditions in miles of museum halls in destinations across the world, and the exploration of the culinary arts shared with his friends and family.

John was the Pathology Service Chief at the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC for a decade. He then became the Nordschow Professor of Laboratory Medicine and served for 24 years as Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member for more than 40 years.

He held the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urologic Pathology from 1997-2000, and was the editor-in-chief of Modern Pathology from 2000-2020, the latter of which received the Gold Medal of the International Academy of Pathology in 2006 for outstanding contributions to international pathology and education and research.

John died as he lived, with integrity, compassion and the admiration of those who knew him.

John is survived by his wife, Julie (Lindsley) Eble; sons, Nicholas John (Rachel) Eble and Benjamin Keith (Barbara) Eble; daughter Elizabeth Eble (Geoff) Gardner; grandchildren Lance, Otto and Eleanor Eble, Kathryn and Graham Gardner, and Magan Snow; Megan Lindsley and Matthew Lindsley; and his brother, Mark David (Patty) Eble and sister, Elizabeth Eble (Richard) Engelhardt as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral Home, 11411 N. Michigan Road on  Friday, September 8, 2023 from 4pm-7pm.

 In lieu of flowers the family suggests the following interests of John’s for memorial donations:

Indiana University Honor Program in Foreign Languages (French) (#0320002011)

Indiana University Manwaring Professorship in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (#0370007193)

Indiana Medical History Museum

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September 8, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral Home
11411 N. Michigan Road
Zionsville, IN 46077


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