Courtney L. Anthony, Jr., M.D. (Col, Ret. USAMC), 76, born June 29, 1935 died peacefully on January 6, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis due to complications from pulmonary disease. Born in East Orange NJ, the only son of Courtney L. Anthony and Clara Crossley Swartz, his family moved to Evanston, IL shortly after his birth, where Dr. Anthony attended school, met, and married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen McCauley, and which he always considered “home”. He was a graduate of Northwestern University and Northwestern Medical School. During his senior year in Medical School, he was elected to AOA, the Medical Honorary Society. Upon graduation he joined the US Army where over the next few years he completed his training in Pediatrics and then Pediatric Cardiology. He became Board Certified in Pediatric Cardiology in 1968, becoming one of the first Board Certified Pediatric Cardiologists in the US Army. He served and trained in Army Hospitals in Hawaii, San Francisco, and Tacoma, WA. He completed his training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He then continued to serve in the Army in Landstuhl, Germany as Assistant Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology Section (1967-1970) and moved to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. (as chief Pediatric Cardiology 1970-1972). In 1972 Dr. Anthony moved to Memphis and joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee where he was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics from 1972-1985 and Chief, section of Pediatric Cardiology from 1975-1984. In 1985 Dr. Anthony left Memphis to rejoin the Army and become Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco 1985-1987. When the Army closed Letterman Hospital, Dr. Anthony joined Dr. Robert Popper and Dr. Andrew Fryer in private practice at California Pacific Medical Center as well as being appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1986-2000). During his time in San Francisco he remained in the Army Reserve and was called up to serve in Operation Desert Shield. He served as Staff Pediatric Cardiologist at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver 1990-1991. Upon his return from Denver he retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel after serving 31 years both active and reserve duty. In 2000 he returned to Memphis and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where he was appointed Professor of Pediatrics and split his time seeing patients and teaching students, residents in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology Fellows. He was the role model for compassionate care, always spending as much time with patients, families and trainees as was needed. He never short changed anyone because he was too busy. He continued to work almost full time after taking partial “retirement” from UT and Le Bonheur and worked until two days before going into the hospital. His experience and wisdom was the exemplary model for the formation of clinical skills for all who worked with him. He never sat back and just observed; he made sure another opinion was raised if there was a possible benefit to the children he and his associates served. The Department of Pediatrics and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will miss his carefully considered caring attitude and the example he set. In addition to his academic contributions Dr. Anthony, served on many hospital committees both in Memphis and San Francisco. He was involved in the Memphis Heart Association, serving as President in 1981-1982, co-chairman of the Memphis Heart Gala 1984, and the San Francisco Heart Association where he served as President in 1993-1994. He was a member of the N.Y. Academy of Sciences, A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Cardiology, The Southeastern Society of Pediatric Cardiology, The Southern Society of Pediatric Research, The Memphis Pediatric Society, American Society of Echocardiography, Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and the Irish America Pediatric Society, where he served as President from 2005-2009 and was on the Governing Council from 2003 until his death. In spite of all his professional and academic duties he always found time for his children and then his grandchildren. When his boys were young he became very involved in Boy Scouts, often going to Summer Camp with the scouts and even served as Assistant Scout Leader on a trip to Philmont Scout Range. He never missed a soccer game or a ball game if he could help it. All of his children and grandchildren felt his love and support at all of their sporting, music and theatre events. Dr. Anthony was preceded in death by his parents and two granddaughters, Emily and Shelby Anthony. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Kathleen, sons, Courtney L. III (Darlaine) of Medina, TN, Dr. Brian Thomas Anthony of Bay St. Louis, MS, John Michael (Lauren) of Memphis, and Stephen James (Jamie) of Valparaiso, IN; daughters, Brigid Eileen Underwood (Mark) and Liesl Goscienski (Mark) both of Cordova; and ten grandchildren Jordan, Parker, Lawrence McCauley “Mick”, Lily-Kathleen, Evan and Tucker Anthony, Meghan Kathleen Underwood, and Cullen, Courtney and Thomas Goscienski. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the ICU unit 3 of Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis for all their loving and devoted care. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, at Canale Funeral Directors with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be 4 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday January 13, in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the following will be greatly appreciated by the family: The Heart Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Peter Church, 190 Adams, Memphis, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6555 Quince Rd., Memphis, 38119, or the M.S. Foundation. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400
Published by The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 10, 2012.