WOODSON, Jr., M.D., Grattan C. GRATTAN C. WOODSON, JR., M.D. We celebrate the life of Dr. Grattan C. Woodson, Jr....it was a life well lived. "Chip", 89, slipped away peacefully on April 25, 2014. Though his body just wore out, his mind remained sharp until near the end. Chip's life was characterized by a love of his family, a commitment to his medical practice and an ever-present curiosity about most things. As a child growing up in the Appalachian-mountain town of Middlesboro, Kentucky, Chip could be found conducting science experiments while others were playing ball. He left Middlesboro in 1942 to enroll at age 17 in Emory University (B.S. 1948). He then graduated from Emory School of Medicine in 1948. Chip often spoke fondly of his stint in the U.S. Navy where he served as a physician in Annapolis as well as aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer. Upon completing his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology in 1955, he began his private practice in Atlanta when he started Sandy Springs Internal Medicine. As he built his medical practice, he took great pride in the young doctors he brought in as partners. He was especially proud of the relationship he had with his partners and in the quality of care to his patients. Chip's exceeding curiosity extended to photography, loud red cars, duplicate bridge, racing sailboats at Atlanta Yacht Club and his early interest in computers and writing software. When he retired from his medical practice in 1990, he parlayed his interest in computer software, founding Centauri Software LLC with one of his sons where he developed and sold a commercially viable program related to osteoporosis. Chip loved a gin martini along with his non-filtered Camel cigarettes or his pipe which was always close by. Chip hated exercise and viewed any exercise room or machinery as a "torture chamber". As a concession to increasing smoking restrictions, Chip took up the e-cigarette though not for any health reasons. More than anything, Chip loved his family and was always available for wise counsel or thoughtful listening. He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Alice McDougall who died suddenly in 1958 and with whom Chip had two children, Dr. Grattan C. Woodson, III, of Atlanta and Maryclare Woodson Lica, of San Francisco. Chip married Harriet Allen Marks in 1960 and was the devoted father to her four children, Carolyn Marks, Carter Marks- Clayton, Harriet Marks Woodward and Edward Schaefer Marks, all of Atlanta. He was also Granddaddy to seven grandchildren, Bonnie Woodson, Simon Woodson, Mark Woodward, Alex Woodward, Maggie Caswell, Schaefer Marks and Hunter Marks. The family takes joy in celebrating our time with him and his rich life on April 29th in a memorial service at 10:00AM at Lenbrook. We invite anyone to share a Chip story with us. We will always treasure our relationship with him as a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, friend and mentor.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 28, 2014