Obituaries

James “Jim” Garland Nuckolls, MD, MACP, died on Jan. 6, 2020, at age 80, and Whitney W. Addington, MD, MACP, died on Feb. 10, 2020, at age 84.


James “Jim” Garland Nuckolls, MD, MACP

James “Jim” Garland Nuckolls, MD, MACP, died on Jan. 6, 2020, at age 80.

He graduated in 1966 from Duke University Medical School. His medical school experience included six months at Middlesex Hospital in London and three months in a U.S. Public Health Service tropical medicine fellowship Duke's International Center for Medical Research and Training in San Jose, Costa Rica.

After medical school, Dr. Nuckolls served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Public Health Service in Atlanta and was assigned to the CDC as the assistant chief in the arbovirus infections unit and Emory University School of Medicine as an instructor of medicine. While on an assignment for the CDC, he investigated a mysterious outbreak in Pontiac, Mich., where he also contracted the disease, named Pontiac fever. Later, researchers identified it as the first outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.

After completing his service, Dr. Nuckolls returned to Duke for an internship and residency as the Carnegie-Commonwealth Clinical Scholar. After completing his residency, he started an internal medicine clinic in Virginia. In 1977, the American Society of Internal Medicine named him Young Internist of the Year, and he went on to serve as the society's president from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Nuckolls was named a Master of ACP in 2006.

A full obituary is online.

Whitney W. Addington, MD, MACP

Whitney W. Addington, MD, MACP, died on Feb. 10, 2020, at age 84.

Dr. Addington served as ACP's President from 1999 to 2000. He also served as Governor of the Illinois Northern/Upstate Chapter from 1984 to 1988 and on various councils and committees, including the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents.

Dr. Addington completed medical school and residency at Northwestern University in Chicago before serving as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service in Oklahoma City. He then became an NIH postgraduate fellow in thoracic services at the Boston University School of Medicine before returning to Chicago, where he served as chairman of the pulmonary division for Cook County Hospital.

Next, Dr. Addington moved to the University of Chicago, where he served as professor of medicine and chairman of the pulmonary medicine department. He then returned to Northwestern University, where he served as chairman of the pulmonary division, and was also president of the Chicago Board of Health from 1989 to 1999.

Throughout his career, Dr. Addington's research focused on tuberculosis, asthma of patients in the inner city, and cystic fibrosis. His final academic appointment was as professor of medicine, family practice, and nursing at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and director of the Rush Primary Care Institute.

During his tenure as ACP President, Dr. Addington was committed to health care reform and advocated for universal health care, social justice, and equity in medical care. After retiring from his medical practice, he continued to work in public health as a visiting professor to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During that time, he traveled to Africa, where he worked on projects to help contain and eradicate the spread of malaria.

A tribute page is online.