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DR. CONWAY HAMILTON FICKLEN Dr. Conway Hamilton Ficklen was born on September 7, 1926, in Lexington, Kentucky, and died on March 6, 2018, in Wilmington, North Carolina. The son of the late Vivian Conway and Marian Tompkins Ficklen, he spent his boyhood in Hazard, Kentucky. Following high school he served in the United States Navy during World War II. Conway completed his education at his beloved University of Virginia receiving both his undergraduate (1950) and medical degrees (1954), as well as fulfilling his internship and residency requirements (1959). All his life Conway celebrated his devotion to UVA: he was a lifelong Wahoo! Conway's love of medicine was evident in his many achievements. As a physician, Conway practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Wilmington from 1959 until he retired in 1987. He and his partner Dr. Robert C. Creighton introduced the first laparoscope at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Conway and Dr. Creighton also initiated a same day surgery concept which ultimately became the Ambulatory Day Care Surgery program. In addition, Conway began the OB-GYN Residency program at NHRMC with Dr. Pete A. Powell and was affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC-CH as a clinical assistant professor. He subsequently supervised the Pender County Health Departments' OB-GYN clinic from 1994 until 1999. Conway was a member and president of the New Hanover - Pender County Medical Society, a member and president of the Wilmington Civitan Club, a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons, and a member and executive officer of both the Pender County and the South Atlantic OB-GYN Societies. Aside from his passion for medicine, Conway loved hunting, fishing, skeet and rifle shooting. He was an active sportsman and enjoyed the outdoors. He was president of the North State Game Club in Council, NC; and he was a founding member of the Possum Hollow Powder Company of Craigsville, Virginia. He hunted and fished all over North America and Mexico with his sons and friends and collected both trophies and game - which he enjoyed eating! He was a member of the Cape Fear Country Club, the Carolina Yacht Club and the Lariosa German Club. Conway was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Rose Graef Ficklen, his brother Julian Brooking Ficklen, and his two sons Louis Brooking and Fitz-Hugh Conway Ficklen. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Smith Laymon Ficklen; his children Ann Little and her husband Sid; Julia Sadler and her husband Robert; Jonathan Laymon and his wife Julie; Tish Alessandro and her husband James; and Charles Laymon and his wife Elizabeth. Conway is also survived by his grandchildren Daniel Little and his wife Amy; William Little and his wife Sara; Caroline and John Alessandro; Griffin and Kaleolani Laymon; and great grandchildren Zoe, Beau, Hugo, and Jackson Conway Little. There will be a private interment service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The family will receive friends at Dr. Ficklen's home on March 16th, 2018, between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The address is 506 Bradley Creek Point Rd Wilmington, NC, 28403. A celebration of his remarkable and distinguished life will be held on March 17, 2018, at 4:00 pm at St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church. The address is 101 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC, 28403. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Conway Ficklen, M.D. Memorial Fund at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical School Foundation, PO Box 800776, Charlottesville, VA, 22908, or at https://www.uvamedalum.org . Checks should be made payable to 'UVA Medical School Foundation' with 'Conway Ficklen, M.D. Memorial Fund' in the memo line. OR Crossnore School P.O. Box 249 Crossnore, NC, 28616-0249 https://www.crossnore.org/donate (828) 733-4305 Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 9, 2018
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