Claude C. Coleman, Jr., M.D.
1921 - 2016
Dr. Claude C. Coleman, Jr. (Jack) died April 11, 2016 in Kilmarnock, VA. Born in Richmond VA, he attended St. Christopher’s School and the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the IMP and Eli Banana societies. In 1946, he received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia and was a member of AOA.
After completing his surgical residency at the University of California (San Francisco), he served with the US Army medical corps at Walter Reed General Hospital. He then served as chief of surgical services at Ft. Lee and was promoted to the rank of Captain and chief of general surgery.
Following his military service, Dr. Coleman was named a fellow of the National Heart Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and a clinical fellow in surgery at Columbia Hospital. He continued his surgical training at Presbyterian Hospital. In 1952, he began his plastic surgery residency followed by a six-month residency in reconstructive hand surgery at Roosevelt Hospital.
In 1956, Dr. Coleman founded the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Virginia. He was founding member of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgery.
In 1964, Dr. Coleman returned to private practice in Richmond at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital as chief surgeon. It was during this time that Dr. Coleman became involved with his pro bono work with injured Afghan rebels.
Since 1992, Dr. Coleman and his father, Claude C. Coleman, Sr. (founder and former chairman of neurological surgery at UVA) have been honored at an annual lectureship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Virginia. Dr. Coleman continued to participate in the lectureship after his retirement.
Dr. Coleman loved his family and is survived by his wife, Mary (Beattie); his daughter, Jenny; his son, Claude C. Coleman III, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He enjoyed the company of friends, treasured his time in the great outdoors, and loved all animals.
"Jack" was passionate about his work and the well being of his patients, but when away from work, he enjoyed boating and salt water fishing, duck hunting, vegetable gardening, fig pickling, and recently cigar smoking. His professional accomplishments as well as his fun-loving antics and stories will live on.
Raymond F. Morgan, M.D.