James Stallings
1926 - 2020
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STALLINGS Dr. James H. StallingS, Jr. James H. Stallings, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, veteran, and pediatrician, died peacefully July 15, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He was 93 years old. Dr. Stallings is survived by his cherished wife of 44 years Patricia; his loving children Robert Stallings, Anne Stallings, Thomas Stallings (and his wife Tracy), Ann Kerrigan, and Elizabeth Legg (and her husband Jonathan); and his adoring grandchildren Madalyn and Brady Kerrigan, and Avery, Spencer, and Bramley Legg. Being Gramp was probably his proudest role. Born November 28, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Stallings was a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School (Washington, D.C.), Duke University, and the George Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in pediatrics. He served in the United States Navy between 1944 and 1946. Dr. Stallings practiced pediatrics for 53 years, primarily at Northern Virginia Pediatrics Associates (Falls Church, Virginia), which he founded. He also served as the medical director for a pediatric nursing and rehabilita tion center for children with complex medical conditions. He took great joy from caring for his patients, and his long career gave him the privilege of serving multiple generations of the same families. Dr. Stallings continued to practice long after most of his contemporaries had retired because he could not imagine anything else as rewarding as caring for children. He served on numerous professional and community boards and was Chairman of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics between 1979 and 1982. He retired at age 81. Dr. Stallings was "green" long before that was a thing. In 1995, his zeal for recycling earned him the Falls Church City Recycling Award. God help you if he found a recyclable item in the trash can! An early proponent of physical fitness, Dr. Stallings enjoyed tennis, jogging, swimming, hiking, and biking. He loved playing cards, initially for spending money as a college student and later as a favorite pastime with his grandchildren, who also relished time with their Gramp playing charades, scrabble, and beach fun. Both generations enriched each others' lives beyond measure. Dr. Stallings' wisdom and high sense of values will remain with them always. Dr. Stallings had a sense of adventure and endless curiosity. Exploring the world with his wife was one of his most fulfilling pleasures. His ashes will be interred during a private military service in Crownsville, Maryland. The flag used to honor Dr. Stallings will be the same flag used at the services of Dr. Stallings' father and older brother George, who lost his life in the service of his country in World War II. Although Dr. Stallings is no longer with us, his spirit lives on in his family and the many others whose lives he indelibly influenced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Delaware Hospice https://www.delawarehospice.org/. Please view and sign online family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 2, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
My family has fond memories of Dr. Stallings and am sad to learn of his passing. Dr. Stallings was the pediatrician for my sister and I in Falls Church in the 1970s. It's been decades since I saw him last but I remember him well. I had frequent colds and sore throats as a child, which necessitated frequent trips to see Dr. Stallings. A part of the visit included a throat culture. As one might expect, as soon as the swab would touch my throat I'd instinctively close my mouth. But Dr Stallings always managed to pull the swab out just in time. My mother would comment about how fast he was, and he'd reply with a smile, "I was a machine gunner in the Navy". :-)
Andy Goldin
August 7, 2020
Dear Pat: Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family.

Jim was a colleague and mentor. I worked closely with him for over 20 years. Jim was an astute clinician and an excellent pediatrician. He treated children as the most important people in the world. He was a leader in the medical community and the community at large.
Along with all who have known you Jim, we will keep fond memories of you as a sincere friend, and a role model of a compassionate, conscientious, and competent pediatrician, and a real gentleman.
Amin and Amal Barakat

Amin and Amal Barakat
Friend
August 4, 2020
Dr.Stallings was our pediatrician for our first born .
I've repeated his advice many times : "What you are trying to do is raise your baby to be independent by the time she is 18." It worked with this child and her two sisters ! He was
a wonderful doctor and I send you my condolences.
Kathie Collins
Acquaintance
August 2, 2020
Heather Madlener
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