|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1921|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 2012|
Maxwell Moody Jr., M.D., age 90, of Tuscaloosa, died July 11, 2012, at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Maxwell Moody Jr. was born August 7, 1921, and lived most of his life in Tuscaloosa. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School at the age of 15, attended the University of Alabama, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Moody served in the United States Army Medical Corps near the end of World War II. Dr. Moody took advanced training in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine and at the University Hospital in Birmingham. As a resident, he encouraged the University Hospital of Birmingham to invest in the life-saving flame photometer, which measures potassium and other chemicals in the blood. The hospital was so impressed with Dr. Moody that they offered him the role of Chief Resident so he would stay. Instead he was determined to return to Tuscaloosa to practice medicine. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and was a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Along with Dr. John F. Burnum, Dr. Moody pioneered the practice of internal medicine and founded Tuscaloosa Internal Medicine. With Dr. Omer Baker the three doctors were the Emergency Department at Druid City Hospital, and in the 1950's, they spent many a night making house calls. Thanks to the generosity of his friend Jack Warner, Dr. Moody raised the funds and was responsible for creating the first coronary care unit at Druid City Hospital. He continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1987. Dr. Moody was a former president of the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society, the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and President and Chairman of the Board of the Alabama Heart Association.
Dr. Moody was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell Moody Sr.; and his first wife, Betty Morrissey Moody, mother of his three children.
He is survived by his wife of more than 17 years, Barbara Loftis Moody; three children and five grandchildren, Dr. Maxwell Moody Ill (Lynn Kindley Moody), Susan Moody Hughey (Gregory Reece Hughey) and daughter Morrissey Valentine Hughey, and Sims Moody Hagan (Henry Guy Hagan) and children Blair Carter Hagan, Sarah Sims Hagan and fiancÚ Mark Chesson, Elizabeth "Bethy" A. Hagan, and Maxwell Guy Hagan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Jimmy Dill and Joy and Bob Culver; his stepdaughters, Lisa Loftis-Adams and Tamara Loftis; and his step-grandchildren, Ashley Adams Hartley, Amy Adams, and Caroline Adams.
Dr. Moody was an avid golfer who often regretted that he had started golf so late in life - at age 14. Even though he had six holes-in-one in his lifetime, he always laughed that he played with "more persistence than talent."
He loved bird hunting, particularly quail and ducks. A longtime member of Dollarhide, Dr. Moody was a devoted supporter of Ducks Unlimited and served as State Chairman for two years and a National Trustee for numerous years. Shawn Battison of Ducks Unlimited Inc. said, "Max Moody was a longtime supporter, and volunteer. The money he helped raise has truly left a legacy and will allow future generations to hear the sound of the whistling of wings. He will be missed."
The family would like to thank the staff of LaRocca Nursing Home, North River Village, and DCH Regional Medical Center for their excellent care.
Honorary pallbearers are Tennis Jackson, Leroy McAbee, Jack Warner, Dr. Ross Vaughn and all the staff at Tuscaloosa Internal Medicine, Dr. Omer Baker, and all members of Dollarhide.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Meginniss officiating. Prior to memorial services, a private family graveside service will be held at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. A reception will follow the memorial service at Dr. Moody's residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen Wallace Boulevard North, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; Tuscaloosa Ducks Unlimited c/o First South Farm Credit, P.O. Box 929, Northport, AL 35476; or to the charity of one's choice.
Obit - Heritage Chapel Funeral Home
Betty Morrissey Moody (1919 - 1994)
Tuscaloosa Memorial Park
GPS (lat/lon): 33.20031, -87.46046
Created by: Dana Cook
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
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