Dr. Samuel Dehaven Weakley Jr.

WEAKLEY, DR. SAMUEL DEHAVEN JR., 86, of Louisville passed away September 18, 2010 at Parr's Rest Assisted Living Home.

Dr. Weakley was born July 7, 1924 in Shelby County, KY where he grew up on the family farm located in Bagdad. After serving as a first lieutenant with the US Army Air Corps in World War II, he attended University of Louisville Medical School where he received a medical degree. He completed his internship at Louisville General Hospital and his surgery residency at the Louisville Veteran's Hospital. He practiced as a general surgeon in Louisville for 46 years during which time he received many accolades.

He served as an instructor and professor at U of L from 1955-2004. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award and Medical Service Award from the University of Louisville. He served in different capacities in many medical associations including Jefferson County Medical Society, Louisville Surgical Society, KY Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Transylvania Medical Society, KY Medical Association, as well as many others. He also served on several Boards including The Gheens Foundation, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and the following UofL Boards - Trustees, Overseers, and Foundation.

Dr. Weakley and his wife Lolita S. Weakley MD (deceased) donated to U of L's School of Medicine to endow Chairs in both Surgical Oncology (1995) and Anesthesiology (1999). He attended Crescent Hill Baptist Church where he was a Life Deacon.

Dr. Weakley will be remembered for his professionalism among colleagues and patients, and for always speaking kindly of others. He cared deeply about his profession and was equally as passionate about spending time at the family farm.

He is preceded in death by parents Samuel DeHaven Weakley and Lucille Thompson Weakley; two sisters, Martha Ann Bohannon and Mary Emma Lewis; and wife of 59 years, Lolita S. Weakley MD.

He is survived by four children, Sam D. Weakley III (LuAnn), Barbara Weakley-Jones MD (Scott), Stephen Weakley (Monica) and Melinda Weakley MD (Brad); seven grandchildren, Tina Von Hagel, Stephanie Jones Monsen, Scott Jones, Jacob Night, Sam Night, Gavin Weakley and Garrett Weakley; a brother, Ryburn Weakley; and sister, Hazel Tranter.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Crescent Hill Baptist Church at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205 or to the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 19, 2010