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Dr. John Eaddy Remembered for Diabetes Initiatives

John Eaddy, MD, Professor Emeritus and Family Medicine Alumnus, passed away, leaving a legacy in diabetes initiatives that he will long be remembered for.

Dr. Eaddy was a Family Medicine Resident from 1971-1972 and soon after joined faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In 1975, he joined faculty full time as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and then Professor in 1993. He retired in 2000, however he continued his work educating residents, physicians and patients on diabetes. In 2004, he received Professor Emeritus, and in 2006, he initiated an annual continuing education diabetes conference that is continued today.

Dr. Eaddy was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 1952 at 12 years old. He outlived medical expectations and dedicated his life to learning more about the disease and then teaching what he knew to others. Read more about his career via

Many of Dr. Eaddy's former residents and colleagues remember him fondly, including Randal Dabbs, MD, Family Medicine Alumnus and Board of Visitor, who said, "John served as a role model for every medical student and resident aspiring to be a family physician. He was the ultimate combination of skill and grace. He could teach you and guide you without your knowing that you were ignorant and lost. He instilled confidence in those around him. His consistent, positive attitude was a shining light of support when hours were long and times were tough. All of us wanted to be like John, and his legacy lives on as the best part of who we are."

View Dr. Eaddy's obituary.

Posted July 30, 2018



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