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John Alfred King MD

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John Alfred King, MD, age 93, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana died Friday evening, April 25, 2014. Son of the late Edith Chalin Follett and the late Edward Lacy King, MD, "Boots" was born in New Orleans on October 15, 1920. He was the husband of Beverly Blood, MD and father of Katherine King (Manolo) de Perio, Carroll King (Dale) Mathews, Rebecca King (Greg) Williams, Wendy Elizabeth King and Douglas John King. Dr. King is preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Lacy King, Jr. "Barney", and Williams Follett King "Keetchie". He was "Boots" to 7 grandchildren, Sarah de Perio (Swift) Sparks, Julian Rizal de Perio, Robert Austin Mathews, Katherine Mathews (Jeremy) Landry, Michael Garrett (Margo) Mathews, Megan Williams (Harold) Stutes and Jonathan Mark Williams, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as his friends. He was reared in New Orleans and educated at Henry W. Allen Elementary School, Alcee Fortier High School, Tulane University and Tulane School of Medicine, graduating on V-J Day in 1945. He immediately served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Corps aboard the USS Tulagi, bringing wounded from the South Pacific to San Diego, California. After his residency at Chicago Lying-In Hospital (University of Chicago), he returned to New Orleans, marrying his medical school classmate, Beverly Blood. He later served as a medical officer during the Korean War through the United States Navy Reserve at the Naval base in Algiers, Louisiana. A partner in the practice of Drs. Dyer, King and Hoffman, Dr. King practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in New Orleans and taught many medical students and residents through his affiliation with the Tulane University School of Medicine from 1946 to 2005. He was on the teaching faculty for Touro Infirmary's independent residency program and was awarded the rank of Clinical Professor Emeritus at Tulane in 1991. He continued with residents' education by providing supervision and mentorship for residents and students in the Charity Hospital Labor and Delivery Suite. He shared the techniques developed by his father for difficult births and these techniques are now being passed on to a younger generation of doctors by the current teaching staff at Tulane. Dr. King received many awards for Excellence in Teaching from both the student body and residency program, including the Gloria P. Walsh Award. Dr. King served his community through his work with the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and the Protestant Home for Babies. He was a member of various University, parish, regional and national medical organizations, including the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, of which his father was a founder. His lifelong love of the outdoors and especially the Mississippi Gulf Coast was expressed in his leisure pursuits of boatbuilding, sailing, fishing and tennis. Always balancing several projects at once, he will be remembered for his tinkering… from woodworking and furniture building to automobile restoration. He was proudest of his first car, a hand built Model A, many of the parts being salvaged from the canal (now neutral ground) on Claiborne Avenue and his beloved clay tennis court he built in Pass Christian, Mississippi, where the unintended irregularities gave him home court advantage. Above all, he loved his family, immediate and extended, and as last surviving cousin on both sides of his family, continued his parents' tradition of initiating gatherings, well into his 90s. He will long be remembered for his humor, warmth and for having an unending source of chocolate candy. Religious Services for Dr. King will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1031 Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM in the sanctuary, the service will begin at 10:00AM and a reception will immediately follow at the Parish House. Burial will be private. Pallbearers are Robert Dale Mathews, Gregory Mark Williams, Manolo Tuason dePerio, Michael Garrett Mathews, Joseph Harold Stutes III, Jeremy Keith Landry, and Swift Stuart Sparks III. Honorary Pallbearers are Robert Austin Mathews, Jonathan Mark Williams and Julian Rizal de Perio. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or Tulane University School of Medicine's, Edward Lacy King Scholarship Fund in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2014
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