Clive Hamilton Sell, M.D.
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Dr. Clive Hamilton Sell, age 59, died on January 5th, 2014 after a brief illness.
Clive was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Nashville, TN, graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1972, the consummate scholar athlete. He rose to a national ranking in rowing at Amherst College as an undergraduate, continuing as the American ringer on the Cambridge University team while there as a Commager Fellow in graduate neurophysiology. Attending Cambridge continued a tradition of Sell men attending St. Catherine's College. He went on to receive his M.D. from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 1980. Clive was awarded the Pearson Fellowship in International Nutrition to live with the Masai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania and study their diet. He then completed an Internship and Residency in Ophthalmology at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Clive ultimately completed his Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at Duke University in 1986.
Clive moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1987, helping to found Associated Retina Consultants and becoming Senior Partner until his passing. Dedicated to teaching and research, he helped to create the sole vitreoretinal fellowship in Arizona.
Clive was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Gordon Rennick Sell, M.D., and Sarah Hamilton Sell, M.D., both Nashville pediatricians.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam, and their three children, Benjamin, David and Madeline, and his brother, Charles Sell (Beth), and nephews, Charles and William Sell.
Clive was a loving husband, dedicated father, respected surgeon, teacher, mentor and devoted friend.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10 a.m., at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, 900 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 with visitation to follow.
Donations in memory of Clive H. Sell, M.D. may be made to: The Arizona Retina Foundation, 1750 E. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020.
Published in The Tennessean from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2014