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February 13, 2013

Mrs. Annie Lou Chapman, 98, passed away on February 13, 2013. A Florida native born in Haines City and a longtime resident of Fort Myers, Mrs. Chapman will best be remembered for her unique and dedicated philanthropy. During WW II, Mrs. Chapman was a nurse in Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital where she worked alongside Dr. Bascom Palmer in the pioneering days of cataract surgery. In the late 1930's Mrs. Chapman served as the private nurse to Governor Henry Horner of Illinois. In that capacity she had several conversations with Governor Horner's close friend, President Franklin Roosevelt. Mrs. Chapman's husband, Jules B. Chapman, M.D. (Chappy), who passed in 1991, distinguished himself at the Battle of the Bulge. He had a distinguished ophthalmology career in Florida where Mrs. Chapman served as his nurse.

For most of the last two decades, Mrs. Chapman devoted her efforts to humanism in medicine in order to promote :care and understanding in the doctor-patient relationship. To that end, Mrs. Chapman funded several full medical school scholarships at the University of Florida. Mrs. Chapman, together with Dr. Robert Watson, Professor of Neurology and Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs, at the University of Florida medical school, began the Chapman Humanism Society, in memory of Dr. Jules B. Chapman. The Chapman Humanism Society selects and honors senior medical students, residents and faculty members who exemplify the highest standards of humane patient care. The Chapman Humanism Society, housed at the University of Florida, may extend to other medical schools in Florida depending on interest and capacity. Mrs. Chapman will be interred with her husband at the Iwo Jima statue at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Chapman is survived by her niece, Mrs. Mary Boozer of Haines City, her great nephew, Carl S. Boozer, and her great niece, Sharon Boozer Garrett, all of Haines City and many friends and supporters of her charitable works. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jules B. Chapman, M.D. and Annie Lou Chapman Foundation, in care of Investors' Security Trust Company, 12800 University Parkway, Suite 125, Fort Myers, Florida 33907.

Published in The News-Press from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2013
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