Dr. Elbert P. Tuttle, Jr. | 1921 - 2012 | Obituary

Dr. Elbert P.  Tuttle, Jr.
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Dr. Elbert P. Tuttle, Jr.

Born: September 01, 1921
Died: March 18, 2012

A memorial service for Dr. Elbert P. Tuttle, Jr. will be held Monday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta., the Rev’s Geoffrey M. St.J. Hoare, rector.

Dr.Tuttle dedicated his life to the teaching of medicine and the care of his of patients, some of whom he served for more than 30 years. He was a leader in the treatment of chronic renal disease and a pioneer in the development of kidney dialysis. He spent his life trying, in his own words, “to figure things out.”

Elbert, known as “Buddy” or “Tut” for most of his life, was born in 1921, in Ithaca, NY. He was the son of Sara Sutherland Tuttle and renowned civil rights jurist, Judge Elbert Parr Tuttle, and brother to Jane Tuttle Harmon. The Tuttle family moved to Atlanta in 1923, and Elbert became one of the “Buckhead Boys,” graduating N. Fulton High School as class Valedictorian. He attended Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1942. Following his service in the United States Marine Corps, he earned his M.D. from Harvard University in 1951.

Elbert was married to Virginia “Ginny” Bauer Tuttle for 58 years. They moved to Ansley Park in 1956, where they resided until Ginny’s death in 2010.

Dr. Tuttle was on the faculty of Emory at Grady Memorial Hospital from 1956 until he retired in 1992. He was the first Division Director of Renal Disease and became one of the longest tenured members of the Emory faculty at Grady.

Elbert Parr Tuttle Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on March 18, 2012 with his family at his side.

Elbert is survived by his children Guy, David, Jane, Beth and Richard Tuttle; and four grandchildren Katie, Maggie, Amy and Jimmy. In lieu of flowers the family asks that gifts in memory of Dr. Elbert P. Tuttle, Jr. be made to the National Kidney Foundation, National Kidney Foundation Finance Department 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016, www.kidney.org/support or to The Open Door Community, 910 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.opendoorcommunity.org.

Arrangements by Grissom-Clark Funeral Home, 227 East Lake Dr., S.E. (at Memorial Dr). www.grissom-clarkfh.com 404-373-3191.

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