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  • R. Faser Triplett, MD, Chair of Allergy and Immunology

    Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

    The Department of Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson is honored to announce the establishment of The R. Faser Triplett, Sr., MD, Chair of Allergy of Immunology by Dr. Triplett and his family.

    Dr. Triplett’s reputation is legendary, both in and beyond Mississippi. He is a committed physician, devoted husband and father, philanthropist and faithful friend. In each facet of his life, he has succeeded, excelled and served. Because of his vision and leadership, this chair was established in 2007 in order that the Division of Allergy and Immunology at UMMC would continue to attract academic physicians of the highest caliber.

    The physician

    Dr. Triplett graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi and received his MD from Tulane University. He completed his residency training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and a second fellowship at the University of Colorado Medical Center.

    Upon completing his education, he returned to his home state as the first board-certified allergist-immunologist in Mississippi. He was a founding partner of the Mississippi Allergy Clinic, the state’s first private allergy group practice. In addition to his private practice, he served as president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and represented the nation’s allergists at meetings of the American Medical Association. He served on the AMA’s Political Action Committee for a decade as secretary and chairman. During that time, he also served as president of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

    The entrepreneur

    Dr. Triplett’s drive and ingenuity motivated him beyond his medical practice. He was founder and chairman of Medical Assurance Co. of Mississippi (MACM). He was co-founder and co-owner of Avanti Travel, Inc. He served on the original boards of directors of Mobile Telecommunications Corp. of America and SkyTel Communication Corp.. Dr. Triplett was appointed to the original board of directors of Cal-Maine Foods Inc., when it went from a private to a public company. He also held a seat on the Wilson Research Foundation at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital. With his dear friend, Steve Grantham, Sr., he formed the J& R Restaurant Group, which built, operated and sold 10 Outback Steakhouses in Texas. J&R currently operates 11 Outback Steakhouses in Tennessee and Mississippi.

    The private side

    In 1961, Dr. Triplett married Jacqueline Ann Dempsey from Dyersburg, TN. The Tripletts have five children and, to date, 10 grandchildren. The children and their spouses, Chip and Susan Triplett, Diane and J.L. Holloway, Suzy and Fuller, Liz and Chip Walker, and Lou Ann and Trent Woidtke, have remained in the Jackson area and continue Dr. Triplett’s visions and philanthropy.

    Dr. Triplett’s dedication to the University of Mississippi is legendary. He has served president of the University of Mississippi Medical Alumni Association and the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. He is a lifetime member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and a member of the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame. The Triplett Alumni Center on the Oxford campus, designated in his honor, serves as home of alumni activities at Ole Miss.

    Dr. Triplett has served in numerous other civic and community leadership roles. He has been active in Christ United Methodist Church. Dr. Triplett had a severe stroke in May 2002, yet he is a survivor in the strongest sense of the word - and he is grateful for the encouragement and support of his friends and family.

    Supporting the Triplett Chair

    Thanks to the initial leadership gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Triplett and their five children, an endowment has been formed with the goal of $2 million. In addition to providing a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Dr. Triplett, your gift ensures that Mississippi’s health sciences campus will continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence in education, research and patient care for the people of Mississippi. We appreciate your consideration.