Dr. James Alexander Bryan II

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1932 - 2021


Chapel Hill, North Carolina


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Dr. James Alexander Bryan, II June 18, 1932 - January 8, 2021 Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Dr. James Alexander Bryan, II, ("Jim") named for his Grandfather, the Reverend James A. Bryan, "Brother Bryan of Birmingham," passed away on January 8, 2021 at age 88 after a fulfilling life. His beloved...

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I am saddened to learn of Dr. Bryan's passing. He was a truly genuine gentleman - kind and humble. I met him through two great aunts - Mary and Martha Lloyd. No matter how brief the encounter if he touched your life you were blessed and he was never forgotten. RIP and perhaps Aunts Mary and Martha will teach him how to make "chicken and dumplings".

I am simply one of many medical students who relied on him as an example. When I was a child, he cared for my grandmother at UNC Hospital, and I never stopped looking to him for inspiration. Now, approaching the end of our own practices, many of his students like me still channel his spirit in our own attempts to finish well.

Practically since his and Betsy's arrival to Chapel Hill, they and their's were very supportive of me as a Family Practitioner and my (and wife Cathy's) 2 sons, David (UNC and School of Med graduate) and John, especially throughout their BSA years, family white-watering outings, etc. Those friendships continue---

Dear Bryan family, I loved Dr. Bryan as did so many others! I remember Mom telling me that no one wanted to follow him on his medical school rounds because they couldn't match his ability to connect with patients. it's so easy to believe that! When Liz made us all get colonoscopies, Dr. Bryan made me laugh out loud trying to make an awkward situation more relaxed : ) I know my parents thought the world of him and of all of you. Sending love and support and gratitude for growing up with your...

My sincere condolences to Mrs. Bryan and the entire family. Dr. Bryan served as my physician for many years . His care and compassion for me as a patient, a fellow Christian has not been surpassed by any other caregiver. His level of service and help to me has become the measuring rod by which I expect to be treated. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. He is home now!!

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My condolences to you and your family. May the God of comfort be with you all during this difficult time. (2 Cor. 1:2-4)

I was fortunate to get to know "Jimbo" in Montreat many years ago. He was a wonderful human being. May God enfold Jim's family in his loving embrace and give you comfort.

Dr. Bryan was an incredible human being and physician. I served as an intern at NC Memorial Hospital in 1971-72 and then as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar from 1976-78. Dr. Bryan was the perfect role model; exemplifying all the desirable attributes of a compassionate, competent healer. He was always there for his patients and their families and for students and physicians in training. He helped me navigate some difficult, stressful times. In my practice of family medicine I have tried...