Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson, 102, has died.
Watson had practiced at University Hospital for more than 60 years, and he is estimated to have delivered 15,000 babies there over about 50 years. He had been hospitalized after a fall at his home.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed this morning that Watson passed away early today.
In a career that included decades of teaching medical students and residents at his alma mater, the Medical College of Georgia, Watson routinely tried to avoid honors and banquets. He allowed University to name its Women’s Center after him and allowed the hospital to throw him a 100th birthday party, which was crowded with people he had delivered and their families. Last year, MCG gave him its Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.
Last year, he quit scheduling patient appointments to slow down a little, but he still came into the office and the hospital to see patients and consult.
He was the oldest living graduate of The Citadel, where he graduated in 1931.