Dr. William Andrew "Bill" McBride, Jr.
SHREVEPORT,LA-Dr.William Andrew "Bill" McBride, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on September 4th, 2013 after an extended illness. He was a lifelong resident of Shreveport and a 1939 graduate of C. E. Byrd High School; a graduate of Louisiana Tech with a B. S. Degree and received his M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1945. He did his specialty training in Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. McBride served his country as a Commissioned Officer in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed on Guam Island as the Head of the 103rd Naval Hospital. His wife Opal joined him there as a Red Cross Nurse. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Dr. McBride entered private practice and was instrumental in establishing mental health centers in Natchitoches and Alexandria. He also served as Head of the Department of Psychiatry and served as a Staff Psychiatrist at the VAMC for 20 years before retiring on April 19, 2011 at the age of 90. Some of his greatest pleasure was derived from supervising medical students at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. During his tenure he was a Charter Member of the Medical Staff of Brentwood Hospital as well as the Confederate Memorial Hospital, Willis-Knighton Hospital, and Schumpert Hospital. Dr. McBride was also very active in Shreveport Medical Society, Southern Medical Association, Louisiana Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. McBride was preceded in death by his parents, Irma and William Andrew McBride, Sr. and by his sister, Idell Scott. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Opal Fussell McBride, and his two children, Dr. William McBride, III and his wife, Bonny Wilbanks McBride, and Patti McBride Williams and her spouse, Randy Waldon. His extended family includes three grandchildren, Melissa Collins, Nicole Gross, and William Hunter McBride. He also had four great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew, Dr. Norman Ott.
A memorial service honoring Dr. William Andrew "Bill" McBride will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 14, 2013 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends on Friday September 13, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Funeral Home.
Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Allan Barnes; Dr. Norman Ott; Dr. Lewis Sardenga; Mr. Tommy Williams; Judge Dan Sawyer; Mr. Mark Trombetta; Dr. Laura Haynie; Dr. Richard Haynie; Mr. Jay Eckert; Dr. Terri Eckert; and the Shreveport Medical Society. There will be a private Internment.
The family of Dr. McBride expresses gratitude to their many friends, neighbors, and his medical team for their continuous support in this extended illness.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Rd. Shreveport, LA 71105, The Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or to the charity of donor's choice.
Published in Shreveport Times on Sept. 12, 2013