Dr. John W. V. Cordice




Age: 94


Summary: surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a nearly stab wound in 1958 when a mentally disturbed woman stabbed King with a letter-opener as he signed books in Harlem, in which the blade was only millimeters from his aorta as he performed the lifesaving surgery along with Dr. Emil Naclerio.



Cause of Death: Natural causes


Born: June 16, 1919


Died: December 29, 2013


Location: Sioux City, Iowa