Dr. Burgin E. Dossett, Jr., 82, of Johnson City, died March 14. A founder of Johnson City Internal Medicine Associates, Dr. Dossett practiced medicine in Johnson City for more than 50 years and was still active in the practice at the time of his death. He was born in Knoxville on Sept. 15, 1930, and was graduated from West End High School, Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Upon completion of medical school, he joined the Armed Forces and commenced his medical internship at Brook Army Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, followed by an assignment to Germany. For his military service both domestically and abroad, he received a bronze star from the Army in 1962.
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Dr. Dossett returned to the U.S. in 1957 for his residency in internal medicine at Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Ky., and in 1960 began his professional practice in Johnson City. Dr. Dossett was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve where he last served as Deputy Commander of the 322nd Medical Brigade of Nashville and Commander of the 912 Combat Support Hospital of Johnson City. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq in late 1990 with Operation Desert Storm.
Academic and professional appointments include Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine; Chairman of the Board of North Side Hospital; Member, Governor's TennCare Round Table; and chairman of Medical Excellence Committee at Northeast Tennessee Rehabilitation Hospital, an association that spanned 43 years. In addition, Dr. Dossett acted as a medical advisor for both the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration; and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Tennessee. He served as Medical Director of Tennessee Caris since 2010.
One of Dr. Dossett's greatest joys was service to the ETSU community as medical director of the student health clinic, and team physician for the football program. A great supporter of the university, he was a distinguished member, President's Club since 1960; ETSU Century Club; Pirate Club Athletic Academic Excellence; President's Trust of the ETSU Foundation and Honorary Alumnus, ETSU National Alumni Association.
Dr. Dossett was preceded in death by his parents, Burgin E. Dossett Sr. and Nell Elizabeth Jennings Dossett.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Valerie Jordan Dossett; two daughters, Harriet Kane Dossett Slavens and husband, Patrick, of Los Angeles, Cali.; Hunter Dossett-Hickie and husband, Michael, of Johnson City; two sons, Burgin E. Dossett III and wife, Laura, of Nashville; and Patrick Kane Dossett and wife, Heather, of Dallas, Texas; two stepsons, James W. Hall, Jr., of Atlanta and Christopher C. Hall and wife, Jane, of Franklin. Grandchildren include Raven, Jordon and Carly Hall, Sarah and Michael Hickie, Jr.; Burgin IV, William, Elizabeth and Olivia Dossett; and Kane, Taylor and Hunter Dossett. He is also survived by three sisters, Julie Webb, of Knoxville, Genie Matthews of Somerville, and Ann Blevins, of Franklin, and one brother, Thomas Dossett of Kingsport along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life was March 18 with Bishop Richard Looney and the Rev. Margaret K. Zeller officiating.
Active pallbearers were Burgin Dossett, III; Kane Dossett, Mike Hickie, James Hall, Christopher Hall, Michael Hickie, Jr., Burgin Dossett IV, and Will Dossett. Honorary pallbearers were Chester Blankenship, Paul Brown, Gary Burleson, Harold Burnette, Emmitt Essine, David Freemon, E.C. Goulding, Frank Johnson, Jim Olinger, Bob Pakrul, Mike Spady, Jerry Wilson, and the late Ira 'Strawberry' Daniels.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the ETSU Foundation, P.O. Box 70712, Johnson City, TN 37614.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Mar. 21, 2013