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samantha_blue


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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  11:13:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our County Commissioner has declared A Day in Honor of Dr. George Gowder on April 19th, 2008, to be celebrated at United Community Bank in the Brackett Room at 3 pm. All family, friends, and acquaintances are welcome to attend!!

Everyone come out and honor a wonderful man, Dr. George Gowder!!

Edited by - samantha_blue on 04/18/2008 11:18:12 AM

GrayEagle

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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  11:20:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sam, or someone else, could you tell us alittle about Dr. Gowder for those of us who are not living there yet and for the new comers who may not know who he is?

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  1:16:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The proclamation that our Commissioner, Lamar Paris, read last night at the monthly Commissioner's meeting can help with that, Gray. Here's the text of it:

Proclamation
Dr. George David Gowder Day
April 19, 2008

Whereas, George David Gowder, Jr. was born March 11, 1930 in Gainesville, Georgia, obtained his undergraduate degree from North Georgia College, his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and served his internship at the Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta; and

Whereas, George David Gowder entered the United States Air Force upon completion of his internship and was given an early release from the Air Force, secured by Senator Richard Russell, in order to move to Blairsville in 1959 to practice at the newly opened ten bed Union General Hospital;

Whereas, George David Gowder moved to Gainesville in 1962 to open a private practice but returned to Blairsville in 1972 as the only practicing physician at Union General Hospital, for two years working seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by himself; and

Whereas, George David Gowder retired from practicing medicine in 1986; and

Whereas, George David Gowder, throughout his medical career in Union County, always put his patients first. He sacrificed time with his family, and spent many nights, weekends and holidays at his practice and the hospital. He was a true "country doc" in that he delivered babies, saw inpatients at the hospital as well as covered the emergency room, saw nursing home patients and made house calls. In addition, he got Home Health started in Union County and was chairman of the Steering Committee that brought Branan Lodge to Union County; and

Whereas, George David Gowder provided quality medical care in a compassionate, self-sacrificing way. He served as an example to new physicians who came to practice in Blairsville, as well as to the nurses and other medical care providers at Union General Hospital. Many would say Dr. Gowder is truly the father of modem medical care in Union County.

Now Therefore, I, Lamar Paris, Commissioner of Union County, Georgia, in honor of Dr. George David Gowder's honorable service to the Blairsville Community, and to Union County, do hereby proclaim April 19, 2008 to be Dr. George David Gowder Day in Union County and do so affix my signature this 19th day of April 2008.


/s/ Lamar Paris, Commissioner

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GrayEagle

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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  1:32:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrayEagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Thanks, Mr. Bill!  Quite an impressive Proclamation and well deserved!  They don't seem to make many doctors like this Gentleman any more.  Such a shame.

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samantha_blue


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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  1:40:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mr. Bill, great info!

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blondie

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Posted - 04/18/2008 :  10:39:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit blondie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dr. George is the last of a dying breed. He "IS" the kind of doctor that can see you, ask about your aliment and 10 other member of your family get their names and ailments correct. Not only that he would give everyone in the family enough samples to make them well or help them through to the next payday. I'm sure that Dr. George and Ms. Martha received a significant amount of bartered goods.

Dr. Goerge is an exemplary Doc, man, father, and neighbor. I wish we had more like him.

Hats off to you Dr. George I'm proud to have been your patient and neighbor!!!

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 04/19/2008 :  1:43:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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