Dr. Lucius Waites, Jr.
Dr. Lucius Waites, of Dallas, TX, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at his residence. He will always be remembered as a loving uncle, physician and friend to all those who knew and loved him.
Luke was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 27, 1924 to Lucius Waites, Sr. and Ruth McFarland Waites and grew up in south Mississippi. He attended Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) from 1941 to 1943 where he played football. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Ole Miss and, upon graduation, enrolled at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. His internship and training in pediatrics were completed in Houston, Texas and his child neurology training was completed at the University of Chicago, and Queens Square, London. Luke married Molly Coffeen from Oklahoma and they moved to Dallas in 1961. For the last thirty (30) years of his professional career, Luke was a pediatric neurologist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas where he received strong support. The child development center at the hospital was named in his honor and he was profoundly grateful for this recognition. On October 1, 1997, he received the Distinguished Health Service Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. Luke dedicated his life's work toward reaching out to children with learning disorders, particularly dyslexia.
Luke considered himself lucky to have the good fortune to serve in the navy, in the army, and in the coast guard. His favorite activities were collecting medical books, and restoring classic cars, especially Rolls-Royces. His favorite writer of fiction was William Faulkner. Battle Hymn of the Republic was a personal favorite anthem.
He is survived by a brother, Alex Mac Waites of Mississippi as well as several loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 14, 2012 at the auditorium of Presbyterian Village North, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX. A private graveside will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas. Online condolences may be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest.com