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HIPKENS, Jim The spirit of James Henry Hipkens, MD, Ph.D, F.A.C.P., 64, of Atlanta, GA, was released from his physical body on July 16 , 2014. He was born in Syracuse, NY on February 21, 1950, the son of the late John Henry and Eileen Kelly Hipkens. In February of 2013, he was diagnosed with Stage IV appendiceal carcenoma. Following extensive surgery in April, 2013, he returned to work in late June of 2013. Patient care was his passion and he continued to work while undergoing chemotherapy. Jim graduated from Assumption Academy, Syracuse, NY in 1968. He received his BS degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1972; his PhD in cancer research from the University of Buffalo in 1979; and graduated cum laude from Emory School of Medicine in 1983. After completing residency and board certification in Internal Medicine from the Emory- Grady program, he worked at the Warren Street Grady Clinic and was also the Medical Director of the Emory PA program. He left the Emory /Grady Program in 1992 and became the Medical Director of the Georgia Department of Corrections. Jim left Administrative Medicine in 1996 and joined Kaiser Permanente to treat patients. During his 18 years at Kaiser he carried out direct patient care, was an Associate Chief of Medicine, championed the Kaiser Diabetic Program and served as an elected representative to the Permanente Board of Directors. From 2011 thru 2014 he was named one of Atlanta's Top Docs in Atlanta Magazine. Jim was an avid runner, hiker, loved travel, enjoyed classical music and was a Patron of the Atlanta High Museum. He is survived by his spouse and life partner of 38 years, Robert Lamy. Jim and Rob were wed on September 21, 2013 in Glens Falls, N.Y. He is also survived by his family: Kelly (Martha) Hipkens, Marianne (Frank) Irving, Michael (Susan) Hipkens, Sharron (Rick) Simmonds, Steven (Gayle) Lamy, Martha Brown, and many much loved nieces and nephews. A Remembrance Celebration will be held on August 3, 2014, 2 PM, at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park for those that want to remember Dr. Jim. In lieu of flowers please donate in the memory of James H. Hipkens to the Atlanta's High Museum of Art or Hospice Atlanta. When you are grieving try to step back and say, "What can I learn in this moment. " Strive to live in the present and let those special to you know that they are loved. Condolences can be left www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com. Georgia Funeral Care & Cremation Services is proudly serving this family. 678-574-3016

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 18, 2014
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