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John T. Akin

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DR. JOHN T. AKIN A native Atlantan, died Wednesday, July 9, at the age of 86. He was the son of the late John T. Akin, Sr. and Florence Hawk Akin. He graduated from the old Boys High School, and earned his B.S. degree at Emory University, and his M.D. from Emory University Medical School. He was chief resident and instructor in surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO until 1945. In Atlanta, he was in the private practice of general and pediatric surgery from 1945 to 1986. During that time he served as a visiting surgeon at Grady Hospital, and an instructor in anatomy at Emory University Medical School. For ten years he performed charity surgery at Egleston Hospital before the pediatric facility moved to the Emory campus. At Piedmont Hospital Dr. Akin established the McDonnell Surgical Center, one of the nation's premier outpatient surgical facilities, which was funded by a gift from Florence and Everett McDonnell. He was Chief of Surgery for the center from 1974 to 1981. As chairman of the Piedmont Hospital Foundation Board, he initiated the building of the Piedy Bear ChildCare Center and served as chairman of the committee to raise funds for this center for the children of employees of Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Akin was one of the founders of the Atlanta Phoenix Society and served as its first chairman in 1964-65. At a subsequent Phoenix Ball for Atlanta debutantes, he was named Honorary Chairman. In 1989, he also served as Honorary Chairman at the Atlanta Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association. He was past chairman of Physicians, Dentists and Hospitals for a five-county area for United Appeal. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a past president of the Atlanta Alumni Association, and a member of the Hardeman Province Court of Honor. He was also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, American Board of Surgery, Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity, American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Georgia Surgical Society, Medical Association of Atlanta, Atlanta Clinical Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Akin belonged to the Piedmont Driving Club and the Capital City Club. He was an associate member of the Chapel at Big Canoe, and a member of the Cathedral of St. Philip. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Ladye Jane Akin, a son, J. Randall Akin and his wife Vicki, a daughter, Lynne Vickers and her husband Ralph, four grandchildren, John Akin and his wife, Jennifer, Brad Akin, Ryan Akin, and Ladye Jane Vickers, three step-grandchildren, Jan, Marc and Kelley Vickers and 7 great-grandchildren all of Atlanta. A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral of St. Philip on Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends in the Gould Room from 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Piedmont Hospital Foundation or the Cathedral of St. Philip. Cremation arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St. N.W. 404-876-1022.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from July 12 to July 13, 2003
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