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Edwin Collier Shepherd - SAVANNAH - Edwin Collier Shepherd, 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 30, 2014. Born June 19, 1921 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Tisdale Talmadge Shepherd and Katherine Evelyn Sauls Shepherd. A Savannahian since 1927, Edwin graduated from Savannah High and the University of Georgia, where he was a member and president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a member of the UGA Glee Club, and Phi Kappa Phi Literary Society. During WWII, he volunteered to serve in the US Army, completed basic training at Ft. Benning, GA, and was assigned to the 63rd infantry division. Following army discharge, he enrolled in the UGA School of Medicine earning his MD in 1948. Internship, Pediatric Residency, and Specialty Ed followed at Columbia Hospital and Washington Children's Hospital. Dr. Shepherd began pediatric practice in Savannah in 1952. During the Korean crisis he was recalled to active duty by the GA National Guard and served as medical officer for the 48th division artillery. Captain Shepherd was sent to the 5th General Hospital in Stuttgart Germany where he was chief of pediatric care and consultation for military dependents in the region. Upon return to Savannah, Dr. Shepherd joined Drs. Carl Brennan and Milton Mazo to form Pediatric Associates of Savannah. Countless Savannahians will remember Dr. Shepherd affectionately as the singing doctor who calmed their childhood fears with silly songs. Dr. Shepherd served on many advisory or executive boards, mostly focused on the development and well-being of children. Favorites include the Rotary Club of Savannah (past president,) YMCA, Savannah Country Day School, the University of the South, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Southern Perinatal Society, Savannah Speech and Hearing, Bethesda, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American and Southern Medical Associations, Georgia Medical Society (twice vice president), and Chatham County Chapter of the National Foundation for Polio and Birth Defects. In 1996 received the Society's Dr. John B. Rabun Award for Outstanding Community Service over the Years. Dearest to him was the Backus Children's Hospital. In 1994 he helped found the One Hundred, a support organization for the Backus Children's Hospital. In 1999 The One Hundred established the Dr. Edwin and Elizabeth Shepherd Distinguished Lectureship Award. A parishioner of St. John's Church since 1952, he served on the vestry for over twenty years, was Senior Warden, and later vestryman emeritus. He was a lay deputy to many Diocesan conventions, three National Conventions of the Episcopal Church and once to the Episcopal Synod of America. Social organizations included the Cotillion Club, the Savannah Yacht Club, the Savannah Golf Club, the Landings Club and the Oglethorpe Club, where he was a member of the Board of Governors from 1988 - 1991. He was a charter member and past board member of the German Heritage Society of Savannah. He was also a member of the St. Andrews Society where he served as chaplain for a number of years, the Coastal Scottish Heritage Society, the Clan Donnachaidh Society of North America, Scottish Heritage USA, and a charter member of the Scottish American Military Society. Throughout his life, Dr. Shepherd was an avid sportsman, athlete, and fan. Skeet-shooting, hunting, fishing, and especially golf brought him great pleasure. He was a loyal Georgia Bulldogs fan, attending almost every home football game for over five decades, even past the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 52 years, Betty McCuen Shepherd; his only sister, Katherine Shepherd Wysong; and his oldest brother, Elton Wesley Shepherd. Surviving are his daughter, Janet Elizabeth Shepherd; son and daughter-in-law, Edwin C. Shepherd, Jr. (Sandy) and Melanie York Shepherd; brother and sister-in-law, Robert Sauls and Betty B. Shepherd; grandson, Edwin C. Shepherd, III; and many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren. The Shepherd family is profoundly thankful for the loving care so selflessly given by all employees and volunteers at Hospice Savannah. The funeral will be held at St. John's Church in Savannah at 11:00 Monday, June 2nd. Officiating are the Rev. Gavin G. Dunbar, the Rev. Craig O'Brien, and the Rev. Dr. Jeremy Bergstrom. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following at the Green-Meldrim House. Interment will follow at Bonaventure Cemetery. Remembrances: St. John's Church in Savannah, the Backus Children's Hospital, or Hospice Savannah. Please sign our guest book on line at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News June 1, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from May 31 to June 1, 2014
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