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Dr. Lewis Elliston Jr.

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NASHVILLE, TENN. - Dr. Lewis D. Elliston, Jr. (Dan), age 69, passed away on November 25, 2012, at The Meadows in Nashville, Tenn. where he had resided for the last several years. He is survived by his wife, Julia Elliston of Nashville, Tenn.; five children, Carl D. Elliston of Manhasset, N.Y., David Elliston of Asheville, N.C., Mike Elliston of Asheville, N.C., Paul Elliston of the Asheville, N.C. area and Danielle Elliston of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Joan L. Elliston of Chevy Chase, Md.; many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Gower Elliston; his sister, Katherine Elliston Simonian; and his father, Dr. Lewis D. Elliston.

Dan had a distinguished academic career and was a dedicated physician in internal medicine specializing in pulmonary disease. He was affectionately known as "Dr. Dan" throughout his career, including at The Meadows. He received a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where he played the saxophone with the SMU Mustang Band for four years. He was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and was active in the student chapter of the American Chemical Society. In 1969, he received his M.D. degree from Baylor University College of Medicine (now known as Baylor College of Medicine) in Houston, Texas where he was a member of the medical honorary society (Alpha Omega Alpha). While at Baylor, he married Emily Timm Elliston, and they later had one son, Carl.

Following the completion of his internship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., in 1970, Dr. (and now Captain), Elliston served his country as a physician in the United States Army, including service in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. While serving abroad, Dan set up a program whereas his father sent him baby formula so that Dan could provide it to the local Vietnamese children.

Upon completion of his military service, Dr. Elliston returned to Nashville for his residency in internal medicine and pulmonary disease at Vanderbilt University, where he served as the Chief Resident at the Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital. Later Dan moved to Asheville, N.C. where he was in private practice and then served as Chief of Medicine at the Ashville VA Hospital.

If you wish to make a donation in Dan's memory, you can contribute to Dan's designated charity, the American Cancer Foundation, or your .


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 29, 2012
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