Richard Gambrell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Col. Richard Donald (Don) Gambrell Jr. M.D. USAF, MC (Retired), an Augusta OB/GYN Endocrinologist, noted author and lecturer, died unexpectedly at his home on National Court. Dr. Gambrell was the son of the late Rev. Richard Donald Gambrell Sr. and the late Nettie Ellenburg Gambrell. He was 75 years old. The family will receive friends at The Poteet Funeral Homes, West Chapel, 3686 Wheeler Road, 706-860-0009, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. A graveside service will be held at Westover Memorial Park in Augusta on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. C. Gregory DeLoach will officiate. The Apollo Men's Sunday School Class from The First Baptist Church of Augusta will serve as honorary pallbearers. Dr. Gambrell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Caroline Stone Gambrell; daughters, Deborah Christina Golightly and her husband, Earl S. Golightly, of Griffin, Georgia and Juliet Denise Gambrell of Augusta; his sister, Mrs. Savilla Barbara Blackmon; grandchildren, Ryan Blake Gambrell, Carrah Christiana Golightly, and Curran Ardon Golightly. Dr. Gambrell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Augusta. He taught the Apollo Men's Sunday school class. Dr. Gambrell was born in St. George, South Carolina. He was a 1949 graduate of Lloyd Memorial High School, a 1953 graduate of Furman University, and in 1957 graduated from Medical College of South Carolina. He interned at Greenville General Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology there in 1964. He did a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Medical College of Georgia from 1969 until 1971. Dr. Gambrell became received a Diplomate from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1967 and from the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in 1974. He held several academic appointments; from 1978 until 2001 he was a Clinical Professor at Medical College of Georgia in the Departments of Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Gambrell was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force from 1958 until 1978. He was a Wing Surgeon with the 1502nd Air Transport Wing (MAC) and Medical Advisor with the 1453rd Aeoromedical Evacuation Squadron. .Dr. Gambrell served as the Department Chief of OB/GYN and as Director of Professional Services at the 2792nd USAF Hospital at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma from 1964 until 1966. He also served as Department Chairperson at USAF Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1964 until 1966 and as Chief Gynecologic Endocrinologist at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in Lackland, Texas from 1971 until 1978. He retired from the Air Force in 1978 as a Colonel. He was a member of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. Dr. Gambrell was a noted author and lecturer. He had published over 300 articles in various medical and scientific journals. Dr. Gambrell published three medical books, and delivered more than 1400 lectures to fellow physicians and medical students. He served as the program director for several postgraduate courses; Advances in OB/GYN, hormonal therapy, and reproductive medicine among the topics he covered. Dr. Gambrell was a member of numerous professional and philanthropic organizations including, a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Program Committee of American Fertility Association of the American Medical Association, Medical Association of Georgia, and Richmond County Medical Association. He was vice president of San Antonio, Texas OB/GYN Society for 1975 and 1976 and was a member of the Texas OB/GYN Society from 1972 until 1978. Dr. Gambrell was affiliated with the International Society of Reproductive Medicine, serving as the Program Chairman in 1980 and as President from 1986 until 1988. He was a member of the International Menopause Society. He served as Vice-President of the South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for 1997 and 1998, as President-Elect in 1998 and 1999, and as President for 1999-2000. Dr. Gambrell was on the advisory committee of The United States Pharmacopoeial Convention from 1986 until 1990. Additionally, he was a member of the North American Menopause Society, Augusta OB/GYN Society, and the Executive Board of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Gambrell was on the editorial board of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society from 1981 until 1983. From 1981 until 1985, he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. From 1976 until 1999, Dr. Gambrell was on the editorial board of the journal Maturitas. He was the associate editor and member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Fertility from 1986 until 1991. Dr. Gambrell was on the editorial board of The Female Patient from 1992 until his death. Dr. Gambrell received numerous awards and a great deal of recognition from his peers. His honors and awards include, Chairman's Award for Best Paper on Clinical Research from a Teaching Hospital, Armed Forces District, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in October of 1972 and 1978. From the Pan American Conference on Fertility and Sterility, he received the Chairman's Award for Best Paper in 1985. He was a recipient of the Winthrop Award in honor of Dr. Robert B. Greenblatt from the International Society of Reproductive Medicine in 1985. In 1986, he received the Chairman's Award for Best Paper from Pan American Conference on Fertility and Sterility. He received the Purdue Fredrick Award for Best Paper at the District Meeting of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1979. Dr. Gambrell was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Scientific Exhibit from the American Fertility Society in 1983 and the same award from the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1986.. Along with these, Dr. Gambrell had received many other honors from professional groups and organizations. Dr. Gambrell was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Dr. Gambrell served in the Air Force from 1958 until 1978. He was a Wing Surgeon with the 1502nd Air Transport Wing (MAC) and Medical Advisor with the 1453rd Aeoromedical Evacuation Squadron. He was a member of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. He was in Marquis Who's Who in America from 1986 through 1994. Marquis Who's Who in the World featured his biography in 12 annual editions, from 1984 until 2001. Marquis Who's Who in Science, Marquis Who's Who in American Education, and Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare featured Dr. Gambrell in various annual editions between 1994 and last year. In August of 1997, Good Housekeeping Magazine named him "One of the Best Doctors for Women in America." For memorials, the family suggests the Christian Right To Life Foundation or The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Augusta, PO Box 1775, Augusta, 30903. Dr. Gambrell, above all, was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, dearly loved by his family, who adored and admired him greatly. We are so thankful to the Heavenly Father for his Christ-exemplary life. The Poteet Funeral Homes, West Chapel, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia, 30909, 706-860-0009, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-June 22, 2007

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