Friday, May 20, 2005

My Grandfather......

Well, today is my Grandfather's 90th birthday. For those of you who are unfortunate to have not known this great man, here are a few of his accomplishments:

  • Became an Eagle Scout in 1930
  • Graduated from Belmont Abbey in 1934 as Salutatorian
  • Graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1940 where Franklin D. Roosevelt was the speaker.
  • Interned at the Emergency Hospital in Washington, DC
  • Began his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis on July 1, 1941
  • On-call on December 7, 1941 when he received the call about Pearl Harbor
  • Enlisted in the United States Navy that very night
  • Went on active duty in April, 1942 at Great Lakes Naval Training Station which was north of Chicago.
  • Served as a doctor for the Navy in the South Pacific on Guadalcanal and Tulagi
  • Separated from the Navy on June 6, 1946
  • Returned to the Indiana University Medical Center and completed his residency in August 1948
  • Opened the Roanoke Orthopaedic Clinic on June 1, 1955
  • Served as the President of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Served as the Co-chairman of the Polio Vaccine Inoculation Drive and the Chairman of the Seatbelt Drive
  • Served as the doctor for the Virginia Tech Football Team for 18 years and missed only 1 game!
  • Inducted into the Virginia Tech Sport’s Hall of Fame in 1995 along with Bruce Smith
  • Was granted an Honorary Membership in the Virginia Tech Monogram Club
  • Retired from medicine in 1994
  • Traveled all over the world walking the war zones in Vietnam, Normandy, Iwa Jima, and many more

Well, I know this doesn't do him justice, but I thought I'd share some of his accomplishments.

Happy Birthday Granddaddy!!!!!

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