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Dr Gene Nathan Barrett

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Dr Gene Nathan Barrett

Dr. Gene, as he was familiarly called, was born on April 14, 1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana to R.L. Barrett and Willie Lewis. After graduation from Bossier High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in zoology from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. He attended medical school at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. During his third year of residency, he was the Chief Resident of Pediatrics, and also obtained a Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He worked as an assistant professor in pediatrics at St. Jude Children's Hospital, serving as head of the Department of Pediatrics at the same time. In 1981, Dr. Gene joined a private pediatric practice in Douglasville, Georgia.

Dr. Gene was warm and caring. He always had a kind word for the parents and would make the children giggle. Whenever he would look into the childrens' ears, he found "red feathers" in them. Big Bird lived up their noses. I remember him asking me once what kind of milk did my daughter drink? I responded whole milk. Thank God! he says. Children need some fat in their diets and too many parents are going overboard with that.

Dr. Gene had a quick wit and a laugh that was infectious. Through the years, my insurance would change but my pediatrician would not. I gladly paid from my own pocket for my children to continue to see him, whether he was part of the new plan or not.

Dr. Gene is survived by his brothers and every child he helped raise. I must also mention his fur kids, his beloved dogs. He was not only a great doctor, he was a great friend. His battle with pancreatic cancer ended on December 20.

Rest in peace, Dr. Gene.


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  • Added: 28 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102736251
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Gene Nathan Barrett (14 Apr 1948–20 Dec 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102736251, citing Barrett Cemetery, Edgewood, Van Zandt County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by kellybean (contributor 47383012) .