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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dr. Glenn Padgett Is Retiring After Serving Local Citizens for 54 Years.

June 30 will mark end of medical career for home town doctor.
By Sid Riley

This interview and story was prepared on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. That was Dr. Glenn Padgett’s 83rd birthday. On June 30 Dr. Padgett will officially hang up his stethoscope after providing medical services to the citizens of his home county for fifty-four years.
Glenn Padgett was born in 1926 in Jackson County. His parents were Claude and Gladys Padgett who lived in Marianna. His father was Sales Manager at Harrison Chevrolet. Glenn attended Marianna schools for all twelve years, graduating from Marianna High in the class of 1944.
Immediately after graduation he entered the U. S. Air force, since W W II was raging in the Pacific. In 1945 he was about to be sent to that theatre of action when the atomic bomb was dropped, and soon after, V.J. Day came, and the terrible war ended. Glenn was released from service and soon enrolled as a Pre-Med student at Duke University. After graduating from Duke, Glenn entered the prestigious George Washington Medical School in Washington D.C.. He subsequently interned at George Washington Medical Center in Washington D.C., and one year at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Then he returned to Marianna.
He married a local girl, Sylvia Rabb, and they had one daughter, Paula. She is now Paula Hege and lives in Rocky Mt., Virginia.
Padgett started practicing medicine in Marianna in October of 1955, and has been engaged in Family Practice since that time. He was always active in local civic organizations, and served as the President of the Marianna J. C.’s and the Kiwanis’s Club.
Glenn Padgett gives Dr. C.D. Whitaker, who was their family doctor when he was a teen ager, as being the man who inspired and encouraged him to enter the medical field. “His guiding influence had a great impact on me and my life”, Padgett explained.
During the height of his career, Dr. Padgett actively performed O.B. services to the area. “At one time I was delivering over 100 babies per year,” Dr. Padgett states. “It would be safe to state that I have delivered over 1000 babies here in Jackson County during my career”.
During the decades of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, there were only a few doctors filling the medical needs for local Jackson County citizens. Names of Doctors such as Cook, Bruner, Schultz, Breland, Hoff, McQuagge, Wandeck and others served us well. Dr. Glenn Padgett is among the last of that elite group. We thank him for a lifetime of service…..and wish him well.

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