Louisville Medicine Volume 67, Issue 10 | Page 12

IN REMEMBRANCE IN REMEMBRANCE: DR. JAMES CHILDERS 1924 - JAN. 18, 2020 D r. James Childers was born in Pike County, Ky. and was one of six children. As a young man, he was a good and energetic student, and he taught swimming lessons in the summer. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His practice was limited to obstetrics and gynecology and he practiced almost exclusively at the old St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Louisville, Ky. He was Chief of the OB-GYN Depart- ment and the head of their OB-GYN Residency Training program. For most of his career, he was in solo practice and had one of the busiest offices. He was noted for his skill and competency in the operating room; surgery allowed him two rooms to decrease the turnover time. Dr. Michael Hamilton was his usual assistant. They complemented each other so well that very few words were necessary in the operating room. Dr. Childers kept busy with his boat in Louisiana, his practice and his family. He was devoted to his wife and three daughters—all of whom were very successful in their careers. He did much pro bono work with Catholic Charities of Louisville. Jefferson County Medical Society and was also on the Hospital Executive Committee at Humana for 20 years. He was listed as a clinical professor in the department of OB-GYN at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In his retirement, Dr. Childers moved to Chicago to be with his three daughters, and he developed interest in thoroughbred horses. Dr. Childers died peacefully on Jan. 18, 2020 at the age of 95. His wife who had ALS preceded him. Dr. Childers is remembered as being very supportive of his residents when they finished training—always helping them to start their practice. He was their advisor, and they considered him as their father. He was a World War II veteran, a church deacon who actively and generously supported his church, devoted husband and father, a good man who was always smiling and a very busy physician. Information for this was obtained from Dr. Irv Bronner, Dr. Charles Huber, Dr. Robert McQuady and Louisville Courier Journal Jan. 29, 2020 and myself. - Charles Oberst, MD Dr. Childers headed the Insurance Review Committee of the Dr. James Childers was a GLMS member for 63 years. 10 LOUISVILLE MEDICINE