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Augusta's oldest physician hospitalized after fall

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 6:21 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 8:17 AM
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Augusta’s oldest physician is in University Hospital’s intensive care unit after an apparent fall, the hospital said Monday.

Dr. W.G. “Curly” Watson, 102, has made “a little bit of improvement” since his admission, University spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said.

Watson has practiced at Uni­ver­sity for more than 60 years, and he is estimated to have delivered 15,000 babies there over about 50 years.

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 comes into the office and the hospital to see patients and consult.

He is the oldest living graduate of The Citadel, where he graduated in 1931.

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tanbaby 10/22/12 - 07:51 pm
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praying for a quick
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praying for a quick recovery....

KSL
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KSL 10/22/12 - 08:35 pm
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I wish him a speedy recovery.

I wish him a speedy recovery. Hehasdone exactly what helps older people should do. Remain active and involved in doing things they love.

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rebellious 10/23/12 - 01:05 am
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Best Wishes

and Prayers for Dr. Watson. What an example of dedication and singleness of purpose.

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Tullie 10/23/12 - 07:14 am
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Dr. Watson

Just think of the changes Dr. Watson has seen in his 102 years. So much has happened. That is truly amazing that he has been so active and involved.

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soapy_725 10/23/12 - 08:02 am
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Its the grits and banana for breakfast (-:
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Thank you Dr Watson for our three beautiful healthy children. Now grown. All born in room B421 (Barrett Wing) at the old UH. I have the number tag from that door. Thanks for caring for my wife for some three decades. You came to our home for her first post delivery checkup. Our son's bill was $90, including prenatal visits, delivery and the clip.

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seenitB4 10/23/12 - 08:11 am
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OOh how I love this man...

He delivered my daughters.....moons ago.....when I was in labor with the last one they told me he was off...on a New Years EVe & wouldn't be there that night.......of course I started boo hooing & crying my eyes out......didn'tcare if I hurt Dr Echols or Dr Burgamys feelings....nooooo didn't matter to me.....I wanted Watson....my baby was coming breech & nothing mattered but getting WATSON in that delivery room....lo & behold curly came .....& I didn't have to destroy the University Hospital....so thank him ...:):)

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JRC2024 10/23/12 - 08:18 am
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He delivered me 63 years ago.

He delivered me 63 years ago. Wishing you a good recovery.

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rmwhitley 10/23/12 - 09:16 am
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Heal soon,
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Dr. Watson.

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christyanne76 10/23/12 - 10:47 am
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@seenitbefore...wow haven't

@seenitbefore...wow haven't heard Dr. Burgamy's name in about 30 years!! Blast from the past!!

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grinder48 10/23/12 - 10:51 am
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WOW!
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What an inspiration! Readers should click that link "Watson to Receive Presidential Award" next to this article and read the article of that link. Truly amazing! This man exemplifies all that is right and good and what we need more of these days!

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Farmboy 10/23/12 - 11:39 am
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An Inspiration

He is an awesome Role Model!

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saltine 10/23/12 - 12:29 pm
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Sweet Soul

He delivered me 60 years ago, my two sons (age 42 & 38). He was also my grandmothers doctor and my mothers. He has blessed us for, four generations. Bless his soul.

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agrit 10/23/12 - 01:03 pm
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Me too

He delivered me too some uh, 40 something years ago, only cause Dr. Echols was out of town. But yeah, hearing Dr. Echols and Dr. Burgamy's names ... talk about a great nuch of doctors.

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Bubbalicious 10/23/12 - 01:41 pm
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I'm another one...

Count me as one of those 15,000 babies Dr. Watson delivered. it was 58 years ago at the old University Hospital. I hope he's on the mend and recovers quickly.

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Trouble 10/23/12 - 06:03 pm
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Good luck

Dr Waston, you are in my thoughts and prayers, hope you have a speedy recovery

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