Barnett, M.D., William David William David Barnett, M.D., was born January 24, 1928 to John Bryan Barnett, M.D., Sr. and Gladys Crockett in Thorton, Limestone County, Texas. They moved to Marlin, Texas where David grew up, as his father practiced general medicine. He excelled in all endeavors at M.H.S., and continued to do so, completing his B.S. and a pre-med degree at Texas A&M in 3 years. He then graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (which he and his father--also a UTMB grad., termed "The Treasure Isle"). He interned at Kansas City General Hospital (as did his father) and then joined the USAF, as a captain, and was a base surgeon at Winpole Park, England. He returned to Dallas to serve his surgical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He did a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery under Dr. Robert Rowe before starting his private practice. His surgical skills were unparalleled. He was devoted to medicine, surgery, and his patients. He spent countless hours training young surgical residents in the art and practice of surgery. He taught the code instilled by his father--"LISTEN to the patient. They are really trying to tell you what's wrong with them." He was held in the highest esteem by his residents "forever". David belonged to numerous organizations, including The American College of Surgeons, Southern Surgical, Western Surgical, Dallas Society of Surgeons, TMS, AMA, and especially, The Texas Surgical Society, for which he served as secretary, and then President in 1982. He was Chief of Surgery at Gaston Episcopal Hospital from 1981 to 1988. He died August 25, 2013 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty; his daughter, "Missy" and her husband, Jim Callahan; his brother John Bryan Barnett, M.D., Jr., two nephews, and a niece. Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Memorial Park. If desired, contributions may be made to the Southwestern Medical Foundation.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 29, 2013