Dr Mollie Hart Allensworth Combes

Birth
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 26 Oct 2012 (aged 85)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Providence Monument Garden
Memorial ID 100820335 · View Source
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Mollie Hart Allensworth Combes was born in San Antonio on July 24, 1927, having led a rich and varied life, and passed away in Dallas on October 26, 2012. She was laid to rest in a private family service on October 30, 2012 at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mollie is survived by her husband, Burton Combes, M.D., her children, Burton Combes, Jr., Hilary Combes Caperton and Rustin Bradley Combes, all residing in Dallas and her grandchildren, Allyson Combes Gardner (Denton) and Megan Elizabeth Combes (Hollywood, California). Mollie graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio and matriculated on to the University of Texas in Austin before transferring to Barnard College in New York City, where she met her husband, Burton and married in 1948. She attended medical school at Columbia, graduating in 1952. Subsequently, she interned at St. Luke's Hospital and took a fellowship at Cornell with Howard Eder, M.D. as her mentor. She then entered a pediatrics training program at Columbia's Babies Hospital, which she completed in 1956. Subsequently she spent a year of additional training in London, England under the mentorship of Bernard Schlesinger, M.D. at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Dr. Combes began a faculty role in 1957 as Chief of the Pediatric and Neonatal nurseries located within UT Southwestern's service located at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Together with Kemp Clark, M.D., who was then Chief of Neurosurgery at UT Southwestern, she was instrumental in detecting sciatic nerve injury in some of the premature babies, who at birth and for a period shortly after received injections of tetracycline in the buttocks. When the injection site was changed to the thigh, sciatic nerve injuries disappeared. The thigh muscle in premature babies (as well as all neonates) has now become the routine site of administering injectable medications. Mollie A. Combes, M.D. entered the private practice of Pediatric Medicine in Dallas and simultaneously served as a member of the student health service at SMU, where she became involved with college students and issues inherent with adolescent medical care. Subsequently, she assumed a similar role at North Texas State University located in Denton. Mollie was the loving mother of three children: Burton - born in New York City in 1952, Hilary - born in London, England in 1957 and Rustin - born in Dallas in 1959. As her children matured, she was greatly involved with school and community activities within the Park Cities. She served as a full-time member of the faculty at UT Southwestern (developing a treatment for organic phosphorus poisoning). Additionally, she served for a number of years as the Secretary of the Southern Pediatric Society. During more recent summers, she visited the Music Academy of the West, located in Santa Barbara, California, where she loved participating in many of the Academy's programs. We will greatly miss our "eclectic sweetheart"
Published in Dallas Morning News from November 17 to November 24, 2012


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  • Created by: Tim Hawkins
  • Added: 17 Nov 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 100820335
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Mollie Hart Allensworth Combes (24 Jul 1927–26 Oct 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 100820335, citing Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tim Hawkins (contributor 46844902) .