Walking With Dead Poets and Doctors…

WWAD111313…Well sort of, Walk With a Doc (WWAD) went out and about on a walk in Decatur on Wed in 40+ degree sunny temps and had a blast. It was our regular weekly walk at 11am but the cool temps kept a few folks away. Nine hearty souls ventured out bundled up in hats, gloves, and layers and walked all over the Decatur Cemetery. Cathy Vogel, (pictured center) lead docent of the Friends of the Decatur Cemetery led us on the walk featuring Veterans and resting places of famous docs of Decatur. And we took along a thermos of hot tea just in case, which we enjoyed at Veterans rock.

We learned about Dr. T.H. Chivers’ current resting place, i.e., no longer under his front stoop, and that he was more poet than doctor, stormy friends with Edgar Allan Poe, and studied at Transylvania University. In his will he left his first wife $1.00, his daughter $1.00 and that’s all he had to say about them. We also visited Dr. Chester and Eugenia Stack Morse who donated their 7-acre estate to the city to become Woodlands Garden. Dr. Carl Renfroe educator and namesake of our middle school was on our route as were other educators, Dr. Margaret Pepperdene of Agnes Scott College who could speak old english fluently they say, and Dr. Ormond Morgan who has rested in the cemetery the longest.

Come join us next week as neurologist Sara Shuler from Dekalb Medical joins us. Who knows what we will learn! WWAD occurs every Wed @11am, Decatur Rec Center, Free.

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