Dr. Tom Edward Nesbitt, Sr.
Tom Edward Nesbitt, Sr. died peacefully in Lake Wales, Florida on February 12, 2014. He was born on April 14, 1923 in Altus, Oklahoma, the son of Carl Edwin Nesbitt, and Routh Johnson Nesbitt. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth N. Krebs (Philip).
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Nathan Nesbitt and his two sisters, Celia N. Hasbrook of Moraga, CA and Mary N. Duncan (Richard) of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also survived by three children, Dr. Thomas E. Nesbitt, Jr. (Anne), Mrs. Mary N. Voigt (John) and Dr. Jonathan C. Nesbitt (Sally), and eighteen grandchildren, T. Edward Nesbitt III, Louise W. Nesbitt, Mary H. Nesbitt, J. Bransford Nesbitt, E. Lindsay Voigt, John R. Voigt, Jr. (Virginia), Winston N. Voigt, William N. Nesbitt, Katherine A. Nesbitt, Sarah S. Enoch, W. McBride Enoch, Anne T. Enoch, Elizabeth B. Enoch, Elizabeth D. Krebs, Mary L. Krebs, Jonathan R. Krebs, Philip N. Krebs, Sarah W. Krebs, and one great-grandchild, Virginia-Anne Rose Voigt.
Tom grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended the University of Tulsa with the intention of joining his father's wholesale grocery business after graduation. World War II, however, changed his plans when he was selected by the Army to be a pre-medical student, and was sent to Louisiana State University to prepare for medical school. He attended the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical College, graduating in 1948. Following his internship, he joined the Air Force and served as a Medical Officer at Travis Air Force Base in San Francisco. He returned to the University of Michigan where he completed his Surgery and Urology training in 1954.
In 1957, Tom and his family moved to Nashville, where he was a founding member of Urology Associates and practiced Urology until 1994. He loved his role as a physician, especially his interactions with his patients and their families, and was known as a caring and gifted doctor. He served in many professional leadership roles, including President of the Tennessee Medical Association and President of the American Association of Clinical Urologists. He was President of the American Medical Association from 1978 to 1979. He also served on the Boards of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals and the American Hospital Association. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Urological Association. He was a member of the Nashville Rotary Club and served on the Board of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he was both Deacon and Elder. He was a member of Belle Meade Country Club and Mountain Lake Club in Lake Wales, Florida.
Tom and Liz always provided a warm and welcoming home for their family, their friends, and their children's friends. He served as a role model for many, especially his children, all of whom chose careers in medicine. Once retired, he continued to enjoy golf, duck hunting, travel, and cars. "Poppy" was adored by his many grandchildren who knew him as a kind, sweet, gentle, and endlessly entertaining man.
The visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, the 17th of February, with a Memorial service to follow at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Betsy Nesbitt Krebs Scholarship Fund at the Ensworth School, 7401 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221; First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220; or the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, PO Box 307, Monteagle, TN 37356.
Published in The Tennessean from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2014