Obit: David McCallie

Obit: David McCallie

October 10th, 2013 in Obituaries
Location: Hamilton county

Dr. David Park McCallie, M.D., a blessed, wonderful life came to a peaceful end on Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2013, from complications of colon cancer. The physician, community leader, husband, father, grandfather, author, and family patriarch was 92."Dr. David" was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Chattanooga, the youngest son of Professor Spencer Jarnagin McCallie and his second wife, Katharine Pierce, of Williamsport, Pa. His siblings (whose mother Alice Fletcher died in the 1918 influenza epidemic) include Mary M. Ware (Robert), Spencer J. McCallie Jr. (Mary Rebecca Scanlon), Thomas Hooke McCallie (Eleanor Wyatt), Alice M. Pressly (William) and Ellen M. Cochrane (Richard), of Winchester, Va. All his siblings lived beyond 90, and his sister, Ellen Cochrane and sister-in-law, Eleanor "Queenie" McCallie both survive him, as do his brother- and sister-in-law, Fred and Jane Lupton, and sister-in-law, Beth (Mrs. Thomas A.) Lupton.Dr. McCallie married Bettylou Maddin Lupton, of Chattanooga, in 1951, a union of two large local families with strong and opposing allegiances in the heated rivalries between McCallie and Baylor Schools, "just like the Hatfields and McCoys." This generated much fun and debate over the 59 years of their marriage, which lasted until Maddins death in 2010. Their three surviving children are David Park McCallie Jr., of Stilwell, Kan., and his partner, Margaret Kolm; Allen Lupton McCallie and wife, Alice Tillett McCallie; and Jack Bass McCallie and wife, Frances Williamson McCallie, all of Chattanooga. Their fourth son, Frederick Maddin McCallie, died in 1986, and daughter-in-law, Nancy Bockbrader McCallie, died in 1996. Dr. McCallies grandchildren are Andrew Jarnagin McCallie, Anna Maddin Frances McCallie, Cameron David McCallie, David Tillett McCallie, Katharine Louise McCallie and Emma Frances McCallie. He is also survived by numerous Lupton and McCallie nephews and nieces.Dr. McCallie received his early education at the Bright School and graduated in 1940 from the McCallie School (co-founded by his father Spencer and Uncle Park ). On the first day of Bible class taught by his father (the Headmaster), the young McCallie was called to the front of the class and summarily paddled by "Professor," just to make the point that no student in his school carried special privileges. Dr. McCallie graduated from Princeton University (1944) and received his M.D. from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (1947). He served in the U.S. Navy in California before returning to complete postgraduate training at Penn.Upon the untimely death of Dr. James Bibb, his uncle by marriage and whose medical practice he had intended to join, Dr. McCallie returned to Chattanooga in 1952 to assume Dr. Bibbs practice. Dr. McCallie later was associated in the practice of internal medicine with the late Dr. E. White Patton and Dr. J. Ed Strickland, and was joined by his son "Dr. Jack" in 1987. The McCallie Medical Group further expanded to include Drs. Rick Peters, Dan Drinnon, Kirk Rogers and Glenn Newman, who still care for a number of Dr. McCallies former patients. The group ultimately became one of the founding practices of Beacon Health Alliance in the 1990s, with the senior Dr. McCallie serving as its initial president and CEO.Dr. McCallies involvement in the Chattanooga community was broad, deep, distinguished and unique, especially in regard to the delivery of quality health care. He served as chief of medical staff for both Erlanger and Memorial hospitals, and in 1969, he was president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society. In that position, he championed the establishment of Erlanger Hospital as a self-supporting entity, responsible for its own strategic directions, in order to cope with the rapidly expanding and changing world of health care. Garnering encouragement and resources from civic-minded supporters and political leaders, Dr. McCallie spearheaded the passage of state legislation and the approval through a county wide referendum to establish the Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority in 1976, which later survived a Tennessee Supreme Court challenge. Dr. McCallie volunteered to serve as the Hospital Authoritys first board chairman from 1976 to 1984, while still running his private practice.Dr. McCallie also assisted the late Merv Pregulman and members of the Siskin family in their creation of the Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, serving as its first chairman from 1987 to 1992.The McCallie School held special importance in Dr. McCallies life. He was born on campus and raised by the headmaster and the head librarian (his mother), and was a seven year student and father of four graduates. He served as school physician for many years, and also spent several terms on the board of trustees, two terms as chairman, and was later elected as Trustee Emeritus. In 1985, he was honored as the schools Distinguished Alumnus, and continued his active interest and involvement in school matters until his death.In 1978, Dr. and Mrs. McCallie were jointly honored with the Kiwanis Club of Chattanoogas Distinguished Citizenship Award, which had previously been bestowed on his father, brother and several uncles. Other honors to Dr. McCallie included the Tennessee Medical Associations Outstanding Physician of the Year (1981) and Tennessee Hospital Associations Distinguished Community Service Award (1976).The Christian environment of his home and upbringing forever influenced Dr. McCallie and his faith, and through him, many others. For years, he served as deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga, and lived his faith and prayed on a daily basis for his family and his country. In the words of the Westminster Catechism, Dr. McCallie lived to glorify God and enjoy him forever, even to his last days.Dr. McCallies influence on his family across many generations was immeasurable, covering the spheres of civic and church engagement, spiritual encouragement, medical care, intellectual curiosity, and an abiding sense of humor in all things. He treasured the blessing of his extended family and regularly gave thanks to God for it. He and Maddin opened their home on Edgewood Circle for innumerable celebrations of births, deaths, birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations, arrivals and departures. Each meal started with a prayer of thanksgiving for the many and bountiful blessings received.At age 90, Dr. McCallie published his book "THM, a Memoir", an updated and annotated editing of the memoirs written more than a 100 years earlier by his grandfather, the Rev. Thomas Hooke McCallie, reflecting on his life as a churchman and businessman in Chattanooga from the period before the Civil War through the first decade of the 20th century. Dr. McCallie desired to preserve this record of the past for the benefit of the future, and he gave a signed copy of the book to each of the over 100 living descendants of the Rev. McCallie around the world.Dr. McCallie loved the outdoors, an influence received from his father, who took his young son on early camping outings with McCallie School boarding students. Camping continues as a multigenerational family tradition thanks to the convening for more than 50 years of the "McCallie Mens Camping Trip," which in the last decade has morphed into an "all family" camping weekend involving the descendants of his father, Spencer J. McCallie. Recent gatherings have included over 50 family members ages from 6 months to 94 years, celebrating family, food, and the outdoors - all important points on the compass of Dr. McCallies life. As chief cook, his contributions included the annual molasses-glazed pork loin, slow roasted over charcoal, George Dickle flavored apple pie (with ample butter), and Dutch-oven-cooked cornbread spiced with Jimmy Dean sausage. Campers rarely were able to return home without loosening a notch on their belts. And at 91, the host still slept in a tent.Dr. McCallie enjoye