Charles "Doug" Adkins, M.D. Age 96. Passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2012 at La Hacienda, La Posada, in Green Valley, Ariz. Born March 13, 1916 in Grygla, Minn. His father, Charles M. Adkins, M.D., was a country doctor, as was Doug's older brother, Galen Adkins, M.D. Doug completed pre-med and medical school at the University of Minnesota, taking an additional year to teach anatomy. He completed his surgical residency at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration, and then joined the staff at North Memorial Hospital (NMMC) in 1948, where he practiced until retirement at age 65. He was blessed to have had skilled surgical partners including Doctors Eder, Woyda, Buie, and Nemanich. Doug was chief of staff at NMMC at a time when it was beginning to flourish into a major medical center. Doug is predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Eudora Joyce Adkins. Together they enjoyed riding horses, entertaining, taking fishing trips to Red Lake, and listening to classical music. His wife published two books, and that inspired Doug to also take up writing, eventually publishing, "Incisions," and finally "The Ranch Lady and the Gambler," that was written a year ago. He and his wife spent winters in Green Valley, Ariz. As a widower, he moved to Green Valley permanently in 2006 where he continued to be an avid painter and golfer, enjoying both into his late 80s. He also loved to fish for big Northerns on Red Lake, where he taught his daughter and son to fish and have reverence for the outdoors. He is preceded in death by his sister Arda Adkins, and brothers Galen and Jack Adkins, nephew Dr. Galen Adkins Jr., and grandson Jared Strand. He is survived by his daughter Tiergan Benecia Caley, nee Jennifer Shea Adkins, son, Dr. Jones M. Adkins (Julie Brown), granddaughters Hadley Adkins and Jessica Kelley, and great-grandsons Joseph and Thomas Kelley. In a farewell retirement letter to the staff of NMMC Doug commented, "We must always remind ourselves, regardless of how important or unimportant one might feel, the primary reason of the entire unit is to serve and benefit the patient and not vice versa." Toward that end, he was a total doctor, and many patients are alive because of his dedication. We will miss you, Doug! Private internment. There will be a gathering in celebration of Doug's life on January 26, 2013, 2-4 p.m. at 25 Benhill Road, St. Paul, Minn. Memorial gifts can be made to Ducks Unlimited.
Published in Pioneer Press from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013