AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dr. James W. Bennett of Augusta, 78, beloved husband of the late Florence Dennis Bennett, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. John United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry L. Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the residence, 728 Milledge Road, on Monday, November 5, 2001, after 4 p.m. Dr. Bennett is survived by his son, Mr. James W. Bennett Jr. and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frances Thompson Bennett of Augusta; and three grandchildren, Caroline Griffis Bennett, James William Bennett III and Robert Thompson Bennett. If so desired, memorial contributions may be given to the James W. Bennett Endowment Fund, University Health Care Foundation at University Hospital or the Shelter for Abused Children, P.O. Box 12036, Augusta, GA. 30904. A native of LaGrange, Dr. Bennett attended Emory University and obtained his M.D. degree in 1946 at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. in 1947. Before completing his medical training, he served his country in Japan in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. (1947-1949). He began his residency in Pediatrics at the VAMC in 1949 continuing at University Hospital in Augusta in 1952. He completed a special residency in Pediatrics at Babies Hospital in New York, N.Y. in June, 1953. He served on the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia from 1953 until his death. He entered the private practice of Pediatrics and received his certification from the Diplomat Board of Pediatrics in 1962. Dr. Bennett was an outstanding teacher and clinician who provided superb care for his patients and was involved in many professional societies. While at University Hospital, he served as Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics (1975 - August 1996) and while at St. Joseph Hospital, he also served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Richmond County Medical Society, the Southern Medical Association and the Southern Prenatal Society. He was on the Advisory Council on Physical Health Needs of Children and Youth to the Georgia Department of Human Resources where he served as chairman (1975-1978). He also served on the Public Relations Committee at Medical College of Georgia and the Richmond County Medical Society. He served on the Nominating Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics and held several offices on the American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter. He received various awards and honors including the Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Augusta, Volunteer of the Year by Georgia Easter Seal Society, Friends of Children Award presented by Augusta Council for Children and Youth, the Angel Award presented by Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the Girl Scout Council, the Miracle Maker Award, Pediatrician of the Year presented by the Georgia Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (Co-recipient with A. Joseph Green, M.D.), June 18, 1994, membership into Alpha Omega Alpha awarded by Medical College of Georgia. In 1995, Medical College of Georgia established The Bennett-Green Lectureship in honor of his tremendous educational contributions. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by the Alumni Association of the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Georgia, May 1997, Civic Endeavor Award presented by Richmond County Medical Society 2001 and was awarded the First Honorary President of Childrens Medical Center Executive Committee 2000. Dr. Bennett was a member of many community organizations including Rotary Club of Augusta, National Foundation of March of Dimes, Richmond County, Augusta Speech and Hearing Center, Easter Seal Society, Richmond County Chapter, American Cancer Society, Richmond County Chapter, Augusta Symphony League, Augusta Opera Association, Historic Augusta Association, American Orchid Society, Augusta-Aiken Orchid Society, Augusta Assembly, Georgia-Carolina Childrens Inn - McDonald House where he served on the Board of Directors to establish a Ronald McDonald House in Augusta, Augusta Council for Children and Youth, Childrens Medical Center Advisory Committee, Augusta Ballet, the Augusta Country Club, the Pinnacle Club and the Henry Bible Class at St. John United Methodist Church where he was also a member. The active pallbearers will be Dr. Allen J. Dennis, Dr. Brown Wimberly Dennis, William F. Toole, J. Benjamin Kay III, Lancing B. Lee Jr., Dr. C. Stephen Mulherin and Dr. J. Beryl Tanenbaum, Dr. William Kianto, Thomas M. Blanchard. Platts Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta; (706) 733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle-November 5, 2001