Dr. Mary Ann South
1933 - 2019
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Portales- May 23, 1933 - November 7, 2019

Dr. Mary Ann South, 86, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2019 in Portales, New Mexico. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1955 and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1959, where she accepted a position in Pediatric Immunology. As one of the three doctors who cared for David Vetter, "The Boy in the Bubble" in the 1970's, she was involved in three critical discoveries including: the rubella virus in babies, the differentiation of immune cells, and the treatment of babies born with severely deficient immune systems.

From 1977-1983, she was a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and served as Chair for three years. She retired as the Kellogg Professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 1998. During her esteemed career, Dr. South published over 175 research articles and was a loving and deeply compassionate doctor who kept in touch with her patients over the years

She married Allard Loutherback of Lubbock on December 29, 1983 and is survived by her son George Loutherback of Waco, Texas; her daughter Linda (Loutherback) Putnam of Santa Barbara, California; her sister Jeanne Rood of Prescott, Arizona, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Portales, NM on Saturday, December 14 th at 1:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Camp Good News, the Widow's Friend, or Doctors Without Borders.

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2019.
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December 8, 2019
Dr. South saved my son, Andy's, life and the sanity of our family. Not a day goes by that I don't remember her with the deepest gratitude.

We met her in Philadelphia after I read one of her scientific papers, and corresponded for two years. We followed her westward when she moved to Lubbock, settling in Roswell NM. When Andy, who has agammaglobulinemia, developed a sensitivity to injections of gamma globulin, she left her family on Thanksgiving Day to meet us at the hospital emergency room in Portales and run some tests on him. Her suggestion, that he be treated with blood plasma from a single donor, preferably a relative, saved him from developing AIDS, before the contamination of the nation's blood supply was known.

For several years we me made the long trek to the Lubbock Blood Bank every couple of months, following a protocol that Dr South set up, and returned home with two vials of my blood plasma to be stored in my freezer until infused.
It allowed Andy to live a relatively normal life until the IV version of Gammaglobulin came on the market.

Dr. South remained our trusted consultant and friend. We visited her and her husband in Washington DC and she spent some time with us in California. Before we left Roswell, she told Andy, "As long as you and I are both alive I will consider myself your doctor."

To say that she was the most caring, compassionate and knowledgeable physician i have ever met does not do her justice.
Rest in Peace, Mary Ann. We owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

Ruth Pritchard
Ruth Pritchard
December 5, 2019
God bless you and your work you dedicated yourself to.

I am a woman with Primary Immuno Deficency Disease.

Thank you for helping.
Shiakods Qkalokqua
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