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Alec Kessler

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1967 - 2007

Alec Christopher Kessler, MD, died Saturday, October 13, 2007.
Alec was born January 13, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Jay and Ginger Kessler. Jay was employed by IBM and relocated his family to homes in Virginia, Maryland, South Dakota, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. Alec graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia, then accepted a basketball athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia. He excelled both athletically, with All-American Honors in basketball and academically, Magna Cum Laude with a 3.9 grade point average in Microbiology. He applied to several medical schools, being accepted at John Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University and others. Alec was also selected in the first round of the NBA draft playing with the Miami Heat for 4 years before matriculating at Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia.
Following medical school, he began a residency in orthopedic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upon completion he and his wife Rhea and two sons, Christopher and Nickolas, relocated to Gulf Breeze, Florida, where he joined The Southern Orthopaedic and Medicine group. He remained a member of that group until his death, October 13, 2007 from an apparent heart attack after participating in a charity basketball game.
Alec was a beloved husband, loving father, and wonderful son as well as a respected physician in the Pensacola-Gulf Breeze, Florida community.
He is survived by his wife, Rhea; sons, Christopher, age 14, and Nickolas, 12; as well as parents, Ginger and Jay Kessler of Gainesville, Georgia; brother, Dr. Chad Michael Kessler, an orthopedic surgeon in Newnan, Georgia and his wife Andrea; their children Houston, Lilly, and Walker; mother and father-in-law, Glen and Rita Harrelson; sister-in-law, Charm Harrelson Sutter; and nephew, Michael Sutter; along with aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00pm Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Gulf Breeze Sports Association Memorial Fund, 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32561, in memory of Dr. Alec Christopher Kessler. The memorial donation should specifically designated for the enrichment of the basketball and skatepark facilities and programs.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Oct. 16, 2007
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