Robert Alexander Wynn (Robin), 77, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2017 at Candler Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born in Dublin in 1939 he was the son of the late LeeRoy Lanier Wynn and Margaret Berryhill Wynn. He graduated as Valedictorian from Jeff Davis High School in Hazelhurst in 1957. His undergraduate training was at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned his B.S degree in 1961, and met his loving wife of 55 years, Gail Patricia Garwes Wynn. After graduating from Oglethorpe, he attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta where he earned his M.D. degree in 1965. His internship was served at Charity Hospital in New Orleans from1965 through 1966.
From 1966 to 1968 he served the United States Army Medical Corps and was stationed in Fort Sam Houston, Texas until his deployment to Vietnam. His decorations include the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Medics Badge, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for heroism in Vietnam. He returned to Charity Hospital for his general surgery residency from 1968 - 1972. He then moved back to Augusta where he served his cardiothoracic surgery residency at MCG. He started Cardiothoracic Surgery of Savannah in 1974 where he practiced for 32years. After retirement from Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006, he went into general surgery practice with his son Alex, and continued practicing medicine for the next 10years.
He was certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He was an assistant clinical professor at Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Health University Medical Center in 1978. He was the Chief of Staff at Candler General Hospital in 1981 and he was the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1988. He was on the active staff at all of the Savannah Hospitals and Hilton Head Regional Hospital, Appling Healthcare System, Jeff Davis County Hospital, Lower Oconee Community Hospital, Effingham Community Hospital. He was President of the James D. Rives Surgical Society in 1983 and 1995, and President of the Georgia Medical Society in 2004. He was also a member of 16 different national and regional medical societies.
He is survived by his wife Gail, his sister DeEtta Gail Davidson (J.C.), his daughter Julia Margaret Wynn Safer (Adam), sons: Robert Alexander (Melissa), Michael Christopher(Darla), Patrick Thomas, and seven grandchildren: Madeline, Alex, Andrew, Stella, Chris, Thomas, and Mary Claiborne.
A visitation will be held at Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406, Monday, April 3, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private burial will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Dr. Wynn’s memory with a Donation to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
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