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Dr. Denmark, World's 4th Oldest Person Dies in Athens

Doctor Leila Denmark, a longtime Alpharetta resident, dies at age 114.

The world has lost one of the its oldest residents with the death April 1 of Leila Denmark, a former Alpharetta resident. She was the 4th oldest person in the world.

She had been getting round-the-clock medical care for many weeks. She moved to Athens from Alpharetta – where she practiced medicine until she was 103 – a few years ago and lived on Morton Avenue with her daughter and only child, Mary Denmark Hutcherson. 

Dr. Denmark was graduated in 1926 from the Medical College of Georgia, the third woman to do so, according to a story in the Athens Banner Herald. She moved to Atlanta and was the first resident at Egleston Children's Hospital.

According to her website, Dr. Denmark opened a practice in her home after Mary was born in 1930. She subsequently practiced pediatric medicine in her Atlanta home, then in Sandy Springs and finally Forsyth County, for 71 years.

Share your memories and stories of Dr. Denmark in the comments below.

She was devoted to her patients and their parents. She wrote a self-published book, Every Child Should Have A Chance, that contained her common-sense ideas on child rearing and health. It sold thousands of copies.

That's not the only book that contained her knowledge. Madia Bowman of Cumming wanted to compile the advice Denmark had given her over the years. That was fine by the pediatrician, but she wanted her to write a book. What resulted was Bowman's "Dr. Denmark Said It: Advice to Mothers from America's Most Experienced Pediatrician," according to a story by Appen Newspapers.

In 2000 she received the annual Heroes, Saints and Legends award, presented by the Wesley Woods Center at Emory University, Appen Newspapers reported.

She is survived by her daughter, two grandsons and two great grandchildren. The funeral is Thursday at 1pm at First United Methodist Church. Burial is Friday at 11am in Bulloch County, where she was born.

Beverly Simpson April 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I had the pleasure of taking my sons to Dr. Denmark on several occasions when she practiced out of her home. She was quite a woman...full of wisdom and spunk...I have never forgotten the advice she gave me...very practical...served us well over years of having babies and child rearing. I have an autographed copy of her book...I will treasure it always. So sorry to hear of her passing...she will be missed...that's for sure...but her legend will definitely live on!! Beverly Bedford Simpson, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Julie April 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I can remember taking my boys to see her in the little office next to her home. It was $5 and she had no help. You'd just sign in & wait your turn. It meant a lot to me when she said, "What fine boys" when they were at the rambunctious stage. It made me look at them and think, "Yes, they are fine!". I followed her "only water to drink" rule with my family. Julie Hultquist Blount
Patricia Britt White April 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
My mother took my 4 brothers and me to Dr. Denmark. I learned so much about caring for children through the things she taught my mother and from her book. I now have 5 beautiful grandchildren who have benefited from Dr. Denmark's care and love. God Bless You, Dr. Denmark. I know my mother was thrilled to welcome you to Heaven.
Ashly Diebold April 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I adore Dr. Denmark! I am so thankful for the wisdom in caring for young children the Lord gave her! God used her in my life and in the lives of my friends and I will be forever thankful for that. Welcome home, sweet Dr. Denmark! I know you are loving worshipping your Savior!
Phil Cochran April 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The Lord called home a true saint when he called Dr. Denmark Home on April 1, 2012. I will always remember as a child in the 1960's heading to Dr. Denmark's office next to her home on Glenridge Drive. My mother would pack our lunch because it was not uncommon to wait half a day to see her... She was a remarkable person and a wonderful Doctor who did so much for so many...
Janee Brown April 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Dr. Denmark will forever be in our hearts...her wisdom came directly from the heavens. After each visit with my children, I felt like I had been visiting family. She would open the door into the small waiting area where many families were waiting and always say, "who's my next angel". We all loved her and we loved visiting with the other families waiting to see her and hearing all their stories of how and why they found Dr. Denmark. We will miss her...

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