|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1945|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 2003|
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Dr. G. Rufus Sessions, 57, who served as chief scientific officer at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Commands's (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), died of cancer on Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home in Silver Spring.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church of Milledgeville.
Inurnment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Born in Milledgeville on Nov. 29, 1945, he was a son of the late James Ross and Mattie Lucile Harrell Sessions.
During his tenure at TATRC, Dr. Sessions demonstrated an unparalleled depth of commitment to his work and contributed immeasurably to the field of telemedicine and advanced medical technologies. He was unrelentingly diligent in working toward the acceptance of these technologies in the user community, and as a result, distinguished himself as a pioneer in a field that is inherently forward-looking. In 2001, Dr. Sessions received the prestigious Thurman Award, the highest honor granted by USAMRMC for achievement in the field of telemedicine. Before joining TATRC, Dr. Sessions served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. While on active duty, he spent many years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where his research focused on the behavorial effects of pharmacological agents and stressors. Dr. Sessions also taught for three years at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which underlies his excellence both as a scientist and an educator.
A native of Milledgeville, Dr. Sessions earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, a master's degree in general psychology and a doctorate in biopsychology from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Sessions loved sports and was competitive in tennis, diving and fencing when he was younger. He also enjoyed soccer and canoeing. Recently he was an avid golfer and snow skier and loved and excelled at country-western dancing.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Jane Sessions; four stepchildren, Jason, Matthew, Megan and Amy Hauk, all of Frederick, Md.; a brother, Howard F. Sessions and his wife, Grace, of Milledgeville; a sister, Kathy Ivester Allen of Macon; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by his extended family and lifelong friends and acquaintenances, especially Rebecca and Holly Hattaway. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the G. Rufus Sessions Scholarship Fund, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
James Ross Sessions (1909 - 1949)
Mattie Lucile Harrell Ivester (1918 - 1976)
Harrell Ross Sessions (1941 - 1976)*
George Rufus Sessions (1945 - 2003)
Howard Few Sessions (1948 - 2011)*
Larry Lee Ivester (1953 - 1999)**
Note: Interred April 8, 2014
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 55, Site 4490
Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: May 29, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19600139