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Dr William A Gardner, Jr

Manning, Clarendon County, South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Oct 2011 (aged 71–72)
District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Cremated, Other
Memorial ID 78492489 · View Source
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Dr. William A. Gardner Jr.

GARDNER Dr. William A. Gardner, Jr., 72, an internationally recognized pathologist, died suddenly of a stroke on October 2 in Washington, D.C. His forty-six years of service to the field of medicine began in South Carolina where he graduated from Wofford College, and earned an M.S. and an M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. He held residencies at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; the Veterans Administration Hospital, Durham; and Duke University Medical Center where he was chief resident in pathology. His pathology fellowship was at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Gardner served as Director of Laboratory Services for Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Charleston, South Carolina from 1969-1976 and as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University from 1976 until 1981. At the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Gardner served 21 years as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and as Interim Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1997 to 1999.

A leader among pathologists, he served as president and received distinguished service awards from the Association of Pathology Chairs and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. In 1996, he received a Fulbright Award to the Slovak Republic.

In 2002, Bill and Ann settled happily in Washington, D.C., where he served as Executive Director of the American Registry of Pathology and President and CEO of the International Registry of Pathology. A prolific researcher and writer, Gardner wrote numerous books, articles, reviews and abstracts on pathology mostly devoted to prostate cancer and his forward thinking research led to significant advances in his field. Well-known for his thought-provoking and entertaining presentations and lectures, he also sponsored numerous international exchanges with students and medical professionals that have had lasting impact in several countries. A mentor to scores of people, Gardner described himself as an educator and was well known to those he taught, formally or informally, as an outstanding teacher, physician, leader, mentor, and friend.

His generosity of spirit, deep kindness and genuine enthusiasm for life rewarded him with a close knit, loving family and many dear friends who will forever treasure his memory.

Gardner is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Medlin Gardner, his children Elizabeth Gardner Schneider (Todd Schneider) of Alexandria, VA; Lee Gardner DeGroft (Aaron DeGroft) of Williamsburg, VA; and William Dylan Gardner (Kirsten Winther Gardner) of South Pasadena, CA; seven grandchildren, Madelyn and Sam Schneider, Graham and Ellen DeGroft, and William A. IV, Grace and Henry Gardner; and his sister, Betty Gardner Satterfield of Bowling Green, KY. A memorial service and reception to celebrate his life will be held on October 27, 2011 from 4-7 pm at The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for the William A. Gardner, Jr., MD Scholarship Fund (MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, MSC, 450, Charleston, SC 29425).
Published in the Press-Register from October 15 to October 16, 2011

Some us think that Bill was cremated.


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