John M. Packard

John Mallory Packard, MD, died in Homewood, Ala., on July 12, 2013.

He was born in Saranac Lake on Sept. 25, 1920 to Edward Newman Packard Jr., MD, of the Trudeau Institute and Mary Bissell Betts Packard. He graduated from the Taft School and was an exchange scholar at St. Columba’s College in Dublin. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, he interned at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and was a medical resident at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, Dr. Packard completed military service as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy in 1954. He was in the private practice of internal medicine and cardiology in Pensacola from 1954 to 1968, then moved to Birmingham as director of the Alabama Regional Medical Program, professor of medicine, and associate dean of the Alabama School of Medicine. In 1973-76, he helped found the College of Community Health Services at the University of Alabama, serving as associate dean and professor and chairman of medicine. In 1976, he accepted the position of director of medical education at the Birmingham Baptist Medical Centers, retiring in 1992. After retirement he worked with the American Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Dr. Packard was a member of numerous medical organizations and served as president of the Alabama Heart Association, the Alabama Society of Internists, the Birmingham Academy of Medicine and the Central Alabama Coalition for the Employed but Medically Uninsured. He was a member of the Alabama and Birmingham genealogical societies, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Throughout his life he was an active member of the Episcopal Church.

He is survived by four sons: Dr. Michael (Cath) of Fairfax, Va., Dr. Shaun (Bitsy) of Guntersville, Ala., Krid Asvanon-Packard (Ann) of Bangkok, Thailand and Frank (Molly) of Birmingham, Ala.; three daughters: Dr. Maurine (Jim Hudspeth) Packard of New York, Mary Betts Packard and Charlotte (Shawn) Manning, both of Birmingham Ala.; nine grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

Dr. Packard was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Ann Schoonover Packard, and his son Charles.

Visitation was held Monday, July 15, at Johns Ridout Valley Chapel in Homewood, Ala. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Vestavia Hills, Ala. His ashes will be committed to the columbarium at Ascension.

Memorials may be made to the Church of the Ascension, Episcopal Place, or a favorite charity.