Dr. Eric Mortensen
Secondary Math Teacher
Dr. Mortensen joined our faculty in November, 2013, as a mathematics instructor for the secondary school. His wife Charlotte owns the pottery and canvas painting studio, A Pigment of Your Imagination. His son Peter was a member of the first graduating class of Lawton Academy in 2007. His daughter Kirsten graduated from Lawton Academy a year later.
Dr. Mortensen earned a Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Zoology from Duke University in 1974, and his M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his internship at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth VA in 1979, completed his training, and was designated a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon at Pensacola, FL in 1980. He served as a Flight Surgeon with the Marines in Iwakuni, Japan, and for Carrier Airwing NINE.
Upon returning stateside, Dr. Mortensen became an anesthesiologist. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology in October, 1987, deployed with the Marines 1st Medical Battalion for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and served a number of years as the Department Head of Anesthesiology, as the hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Officer, and as Assistant Director of Surgical Services. He deployed in 1997 with Fleet Hospital FIVE for 6 months to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he also served as the Anesthesia Department Head.
Dr. Mortensen retired from the Navy Medical Corps as a Commander in June 1999, taking a position as a staff anesthesiologist at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. In May, 2000 he took an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. In January 2002 he returned to Comanche County Memorial Hospital, where he stayed until retirement from the practice of anesthesiology in July, 2011.
An Eagle Scout, Dr. Mortensen is an active outdoorsman, counting among his achievements the 5 months he spent on the Appalachian Trail and his climb of Mt. Fuji during his tour in Japan. He is currently the Committee Chair of Troop 4144 at the First Methodist Church in Lawton, most recently serving as a Woodbadge instructor.