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SUMLIN, Hulett HULETT DODGE SUMLIN Sept. 20, 1930 - Nov. 4, 2012 Hulett Dodge Sumlin passed away on November 4, 2012 at Lenbrook in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Atlanta on September 20, 1930 to Louise Askew and Howard Dodge Sumlin. Hulett was educated at Boys' High in Atlanta, Georgia and Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1953 and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He received certification in Hospital Administration at Georgia State University, where he later earned the Professional Achievement Award. He also served as Medical Supply Officer at Scott AFB, Illinois (1st Lieutenant, USAF-MSC). Hulett married Linda Lou Chatfield on November 25, 1960. Both Hulett and Linda Lou are natives of Atlanta where they raised their children - Andrew Hayden, John Chatfield and Hulett Dodge Sumlin, Jr. Hulett was a member of the Capital City Club, Northside United Methodist Church and the Kingswood Sunday School class. Summers at Lake Burton, with both family and friends, became the source of many of Hulett's most cherished memories. Although known by many for the quiet dignified style in which he devoted his career to building one of Atlanta's finest hospitals, those closest to him knew his greatest joy came from spending time with those he loved. He was most proud when celebrating the accomplishments of his boys and their families. Hulett was one of the visionaries of Piedmont Hospital having served as administrator from 1956 until his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. His leadership, business acumen and vision paved the path for Piedmont's important footprint in the Atlanta community. He also was a member of various health care organizations, including American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association-House of Delegates, Georgia Advisory Committee on Nursing to Georgia Educational Improvement Council and the Red Cross Services Committee. He was also on the Health Care Costs Task Force of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Hulett served as President of the Pi Epsilon Rho Hospital Fraternity, Metropolitan Atlanta Hospital Council, Health Careers Council of Georgia, and Georgia State University Health Administration Alumni Association. Hulett served as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman and was the Legislative Contact for the 5th Congressional District of the Georgia Hospital Association. He chaired the Georgia Alliance for Not-for-Profit Hospitals. Hulett was a member of the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Medical Services Committee, served as Treasurer and was on the Board of Directors at Blue Cross of Georgia. He was the Preceptor of Georgia State University School of Health Administration and Georgia Tech School of Health Systems Engineering. Hulett belonged to the Brookwood Midtown Rotary Club where he was on the Board of Directors, Chairman of various committees and served both as Treasurer and President. He was the chairman of Fundraising Drives for Metro Atlanta Area Hospitals for United Way, Georgia Heart Association and Georgia Division of American Cancer Society. Hulett was a board member of the Center for the Visually Impaired, Piedmont Hospital Foundation, and Fayette Community Hospital Board of Trustees. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Hospital Association in 1994. Hulett served as Treasurer and was on the Board of Stewards at Northside United Methodist Church where he will be interred. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Lou Sumlin; his sons and their wives, Andy and Kim, John and Laura, Dodge and Lynn; and grandchildren, Hayden and Benjamin, Chat and Carter, and Emily and Matthew. He often described his philosophy of life to his sons as a balance between work and play, and doing one's best. He will be remembered as he was; "a fair person, a reasonable person with integrity, who tried to do the best he could." Funeral services will be held at Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305, on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:00pm. Family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be considered to Northside Methodist Preschool or the .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 7, 2012
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