Dr. John T. Weiss

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Alexandria, La.

Dr. John T. Weiss passed away at age 82 in Alexandria, La., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.
Born on March 16, 1927, to Mary and David Weiss in Lincoln, Ala., he had one sibling, Helen Marie. Dr. Weiss was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He attended The University of Alabama, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in 1949.
In 1952, he earned his medical degree from Tulane University. He then interned at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. After completing Tulane family practice residency at Lallie Kemp Charity Hospital in Independence, La., Dr. Weiss practiced Family Medicine in Hobart, Ind., for the next 11 years. He then returned to Tulane University for a four-year residency in Orthopaedics, three years at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and one year as Tulane Chief Resident for both Huey P. Long Charity Hospital in Pineville and Veterans Hospital in Pineville. In 1969, he joined the Alexandria Orthopaedic Clinic in Alexandria, La., where he remained in practice specializing in total joint replacement and spine surgery until his retirement in 1997.
During his lifetime, Dr. Weiss earned many honors, including being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at The University of Alabama as well as receiving and accepting an invitation of membership to the prestigious Tulane-Caldwell Society.
He was a member of the American Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Rapides Parish Medical Society, Southern Medical Association, Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, Southern Orthopaedic Association, and Tulane Medical Alumni Association. He was also a Fellow at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Clinical Associate Professor at Tulane University. He was a pioneer in research on bone growth stimulators for the lumbar spine and was always an innovator in utilizing new techniques in total joint replacement and lumbar surgeries.
Dr. Weiss is survived by his wife, Sara Thompson Weiss, to whom he has been happily married for over 58 years. He has two children, Susan and David; daughter-in-law, Kathy York Weiss; three grandchildren, Lauren, John and William Weiss; and future son-in-law, Matthew Anderson.
Visitation for family and friends will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria, La., tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Lee Weems officiating.
Graveside service will be held at the City Cemetery in Lincoln, where he will rest with other family members in the family plot on Friday, Oct, 23, 2009.
Pallbearers for Dr. Weiss include grandsons John Weiss and William Weiss, Matthew Anderson, Fred Tarver, Clifford DePriest, Dr. Van Davidson, Dr. Cedric Lowrey, Dr. Hal Bailey, Col. R.Y. McBurney and Dr. Selcuk Sozen.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Regency House staff and employees as well as Oasis Hospice for their support during this difficult time.
Memorials may be made to the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, 6300 North River Road, Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018 or visit www.oref.org.
To extend online condolences to the Weiss family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com
Published in the Decatur Daily on Oct. 20, 2009
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