Leonard Lincoln Madison, M.D., 94, died peacefully, surrounded by family on March 27, 2014 in Naples, FL. He was born February 11, 1920 in Manhattan, NY to Murray Madison and Sara Chakrin Madison. Dr. Madison graduated summa cum laude with High Distinction in Zoology from Ohio State University in 1941. While at Ohio State he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He studied medicine at Long Island College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY where he graduated in 1944 and received the Phi Delta Epsilon Prize for the highest scholastic record. Dr. Madison completed his residency at Long Island College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, NY in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946–48 as Chief of Medical Service at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Dr. Madison served as Professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX from 1949 to 1997. He received many honors including an appointment to the General Medicine Study Section, U.S.P.H.S., NIH from 1962 to 1966; an appointment to the Therapeutic Committee of the American Diabetes Association from 1962 to 1966; the Jacobaeus Award in Stockholm, Sweden for Research in Physiology in 1967; and was the President of the Central Society for Clinical Research in 1971. His hospital appointments in Dallas were as Senior Attending Physician at Parkland Memorial Hospital; Consultant in Medicine (Metabolic Diseases) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center; and Chief, Metabolism Clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX.
While teaching, Dr. Madison chaired the Resident and House Staff Selection Committee for many years, and was very proud as he saw those chosen become the excellent clinicians Southwestern Medical School is known for. Dr. Madison was known for his long, careful teaching rounds-that could seem especially long after a Resident had been on call all night-and his evaluations consistently rated him as a first-rate professor who truly cared about his patients and medical students. As such, he received the Internal Medicine House Staff Outstanding Teacher Award several times while at Southwestern.
Dr. Madison was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and Sara, and his brother, Melvin Madison. He is survived by his wife, Geana Madison, his sister Florence Madison Linden, his sons Scott R. Madison and his wife Becky Newsom and Honorable Kevin R. Madison and his wife Shirley Madison, his granddaughter Rachel Madison, his stepdaughter Johna Lane Allen, his stepsons Frank Lane, M.D., Joe Lane and his wife Vickie Lane, and Greg Goodwin. He was a wonderful grandfather to Rachel Madison, Noah Allen, Gabriel Allen, Ashley Wimberly, J.D. Lane, Amie Lane, Jeri D'Aurelio, Danielle Lane and great grandson George Wimberly. He instilled in them a reverence for education and shared his love of poetry, history and nature. Dr. Madison was a principled grandfather who imparted those values to his grandchildren through his broad knowledge of literature and, more importantly, by example. He was a long-time admirer of George Washington and a supporter of the Mount Vernon Estate. Dr. Madison was also loved and admired by his many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Weissler, c/o Dr. Jonathan Weissler, Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390.