W. H. Pool (ATLANTA, Ga.)


ATLANTA, Ga. - W. H. Pool, Jr., age 83, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, in Atlanta. Known as "W.H." to his friends, and as "Poppy" to his devoted grandchildren, he was a celebrated educator and physician and a much loved father and grandfather and friend to many. A native Atlantan, W.H. attended Boys High School, graduating in the class of 1944, followed by Mercer University and then the Medical College of Georgia, graduating with his M.D. in 1952. During med school he married the love of his life, Martha Anne (later Ahnrae) Oakley. After an internship in Florida and a residency in Louisiana, he returned to his native Georgia to practice as a general practitioner in Elberton. Oh, the stories he told about those years! He returned to the Medical College in 1957, and but for two years from then until 1990 he would serve on the faculty there, retiring in 1990 as Professor Emeritus, and having served as the Chair of the Department of Radiology from 1974 - 1987. He relished his role in training new doctors, and would often say he thought of himself first as a teacher, second as a physician. Despite his devotion to the medical profession, he found the time and energy to raise five children - Gary, Winanne, David, Renee, and Bryan. After his retirement, he devoted his time to his family and community, though continuing to be a resource for his medical colleagues. After the untimely death of his beloved wife in 1991, he returned to live in Atlanta once again. He enjoyed art classes and was an active member of a local book club. He cared deeply about his community, and served for over ten years including the week before his death as a dedicated volunteer at Crossroads, a program offering services to many in Atlanta who found themselves without a home. His great sadnesses were the death of his wife and then more recently his daughter, Renee, in 2002. His greatest joys were spending time with his family, especially at the family lake house, their "anchor", at Lake Rabun. He is survived and already missed by his remaining children and their spouses, Renee's husband Al Russo, his deeply devoted seven grandchildren D. Logan Pool, Jefferson Pool, Grant, Oakley, and Austin Sutherland, and Kelly and Parker Russo, and his brother Leland Pool. They and his many friends will miss his love, perpetual kindness, humor, and joy of life. W.H. donated his body to the Medical College for training new doctors. A memorial celebration is planned for Saturday, March 6, from 12 Noon - 2 PM at the Country Club of Roswell in Roswell, GA. Please consider a donation to the W.H. Pool Jr. Society at MCG, a society created in his honor for furthering the education of doctors in the field of radiology, in lieu of flowers, c/o MCG Foundation #6937, 1021 Fifteenth St., Suite 6, Augusta, GA, 30901-3197. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-March 2, 2010