George Dewey Purvis Jr. MD, died at his home in Jackson, Mississippi on July 2, 2011. He is survived by his wife Janet, four sons and daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

As a young boy, he had a severe infection develop in his leg and was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee, for treatment at the Campbell Clinic. His experience and the care he received at Campbell Clinic influenced his desire to become an orthopaedic surgeon. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and trained in surgery at the Universities of Iowa and Michigan before returning to Campbell Clinic as a fellow in orthopaedics in 1947. In 1950, George returned to Jackson, Mississippi, and entered solo practice. He and others later formed the Central Orthopaedic Clinic, where he practiced until 1990.

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