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Dr. Leonard L. COTTS

1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Leonard L. COTTS Obituary
COTTS, Dr. Leonard L. Leonard L. Cotts, M.D. of Sandy Springs passed away on September 19, 2017. He is survived by his wife Birgit and his children Claire, Margaret and George Cotts, as well as his nephew Gregory Jay and his wife Jan and their children Jared and Rachel. Leonard was born on November 7, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was pre-deceased by his parents George and Clara Cotts and his wonderful sister Esther Jay. His family moved to Augusta, GA when Leonard was 9 years old to be close to his mother's family. Shortly after both of his parents and Leonard became American Citizens. He attended the Academy of Richmond County where he became the editor of the 1949 annual, "The Rainbow." After high school he started his pre-med studies at Augusta Junior College and the University of Georgia where he joined the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity and was editor of the "G Book". He was very fortunate to attend the Medical College of Georgia in his home town of Augusta, where he was chosen to be in the Alpha Omega Alpha- Honors Medical Fraternity. After medical school he interned at Washington University (St. Louis City Hospital). Thereafter he became Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and served as ship's doctor for two years. After his time with the Navy he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. While he held a fellowship in Dermatology at Emory University, he and Dr. Tom Sellars were engaged in research and published an article in the JAMA on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Pyoderma. Dr. Cotts had an Internal Medicine private practice for 38 years while also practicing at Crawford Long, Northside, and St. Josephs Hospitals. Dr. Cotts was a founding member of Temple Sinai in Atlanta. Besides practicing Internal Medicine, his other interests and hobbies included reading (he was part of two book clubs), traveling, golf, snow skiing, fly and deep-sea fishing and German history and language. A memorial service will be Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. "You will always reside in our hearts and share the future of our lives."
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2017
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