Dr. William Elwood Garrett Jr.


BAHAMA – Dr. William Elwood Garrett Jr., of Bahama, passed away with his family at his side on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the age of 70. Born April 23, 1949, in Person County, he was the son of the late William Elwood Garrett, Sr. and Almeade Gentry Garrett. He was a member of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church.

As a John Motley Morehead Scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in biochemistry in 1970. In 1976 he graduated from Duke University Medical School and Duke University Graduate School with an M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular biology and cell biology and was elected President of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Garrett embodied the true definition of a clinician–scientist. As a specialist in sports medicine for 30 years, he served as the Medical Director of the U.S. Soccer Federation and Team Physician for the U.S. Men and Women’s National Soccer teams. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society and was named Director of Research for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) by the FIFA Medical Committee. He also served as team physician for many of Duke University’s sports teams.

Dr. Garrett received numerous awards for his contributions to orthopaedic surgery, including the American Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellowship; the American Orthopaedic Association’s American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship as well as its Kappa Delta Award for his outstanding research; and the George Rovere National Teaching Award by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He was also awarded the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Master Orthopaedist Award.

Dr. Garrett was committed to teaching, and he had the unique distinction of earning the Outstanding Teacher Award by both the residents of the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Program and the residents at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Department of Orthopaedics. Only Dr. Garrett could get the Blue Devils and Tar Heels to agree on something.

As a leader, Dr. Garrett served as President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Herodicus Society. He served on the Boards of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Despite his many commitments to research, leadership, and teaching, he also maintained a very busy clinical practice. He was the consummate physician who gave time, care, and deep compassion to his patients, many of whom often said that they “loved Dr. Garrett.”

Even with all of Dr. Garrett’s professional accomplishments, he was best known to friends and family simply as “Billy,” Dad to his sons, and Bop to his grandchildren. His quick wit and sense of humor always left people smiling or laughing at one of his famous jokes – even when the joke was on them! From a very early age, he was a mischief maker, and at 70 years old that mischievous twinkle in his eyes was ever present. Billy loved life – he loved living it on the tennis courts, on the ski slopes, at the family lakehouse, and on adventures all over the world. Most of all, Billy loved his family, his children, and his wife Janice. He spent 49 years driving her crazy and making her laugh – not always on the same days! He was loved by his family as much as he loved them. In remembrance, the family fondly invites you to celebrate his life by telling your favorite Billy Garrett story.

Billy is survived by his beloved wife, Janice Kirby Garrett; his three sons: David Garrett and wife, Kary; Michael “Mikey” Garrett and wife, Laura; and Jonathan Garrett and wife, Jennifer, all of Bahama; his nine grandchildren: Will, Cole, Bo, Grace, Maggie, Ella, Johnny, Jessie and Julianne Garrett; his brother, Dr. Stephen D. Garrett and wife, Carla; his sister, Bonnie G. Perkins and husband, Richard; his sisters-in-law, Diane Kirby Austin and husband, Bill, and Kim Kirby-Hazel and husband, Jay; many nieces and nephews; his life-long friends, Dr. John R. Bradsher and wife, Shirley.

Funeral service will be at 5 p.m., Monday, May 13, at the Duke University Chapel with the Rev. Robert Bergland and Dr. Richard Simpson officiating. A reception and visitation will follow the service at the Blue Devil Tower overlooking Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium.

Pallbearers will be William Garrett, Cole Garrett, Bo Garrett, Johnny Garrett, Dr. Mark Austin, Richard Perkins II, Henry Newell Jr., John Lohnes and Dr. Tyra Hornsby.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Piedmont Orthopaedic Foundation - William E. Garrett Education Fund, which will be used to help fund the education of orthopaedic residents, which was one of his joys. (Piedmont Orthopaedic Foundation, Duke Medical Center, Box 3706, Durham NC, 27710)

Please check http://brooksandwhite.com for service parking instructions.

Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.


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