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In Memoriam

Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015

By: Gary Pettus at 601-815-9266 or gpettus@umc.edu.

Published on January 15, 2015

Dr. Duff David Austin Jr. (1958) of Florence, Ala.; July 21, 2014; age 87

Dr. Claud Allen Boyd Jr. (1958) of North August, S.C.; Sept. 20, 2014; age 7 7

Dr. Darrell Burnham (1983) of Hattiesburg; Oct. 19, 2014; age 57

Dr. David Bradley Ellis Sr. (1954) of New Albany; July 22, 2014; age 94

Dr. Mark Franklin Hartley (1950) of Waverly, Tenn.; May 22, 2014; age 89

Dr. Perry Jerone Lishman (1994) of Kosciusko; Aug. 5, 2014; age 56

Dr. Thomas Stanley "Stan" Martin (1963) of Jesup, Ga.; Sept. 28, 2014; age 84

Dr. William Cato Mayfield Jr. (1962) of Jackson; June 6, 2014; age 66

Dr. Paul Edward Mink (1950) of Kosciusko; April 25, 2014; age 90

Dr. Shelby W. Mitchell (1952) of Clinton; July 1, 2014; age 95

Dr. Clifford Sherman Myers (1947) of Oconomowoc, Wis., June 5, 2014; age 83

Dr. James Elmer Nix (1954) of Jackson; Aug. 9, 2014; age 82

Dr. Joe Walter Terry Jr. (1957) of Canton; April 4, 2014; age 82



Dr. James Edward "Jack" Aldridge (1964) of Brandon died on Oct. 14, 2014 at age 75.

His career was a mix of cutting-edge firsts and old-fashioned remedies.

Aldridge was a member of Dr. James Hardy's pioneering surgical team, which transplanted a chimpanzee heart into a human in 1964, the year he earned his M.D. at UMMC. With Dr. "Hap" Gee, Aldridge administered anesthesia.

But he also made house calls and would accept fruit and vegetables as payment from his patients. Devoted to the practice of urology, he once said, "Everyone needs a good plumber at some point."

Following his residency at UMMC, Aldridge remained to complete a residency in urology and a fellowship in pathology. He also had a preceptorship at Ranchos Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital in Downey, Calif.

While serving as assistant professor of surgery at UMMC and visiting teaching physician at University Hospital, he went into private practice in urology and was board-certified.

He joined the medical staff of Methodist Rehabilitation Center when it opened in 1975, specializing in the treatment of neurogenic bladder and working to improve the quality of life for patients with spinal cord injuries.

A member of the American Fertility Society, he worked with paralyzed males and their spouses to help them conceive using a procedure developed at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Aldridge served on the staffs of several Jackson-area hospitals, and was chief of surgery at St. Dominic Hospital, 1984-1986, and chief of urology, 1994-1995.

He served as a major in the Mississippi Army National Guard Medical Corps, a seaman in the United States Coast Guard and as a member of the United States Power Squadron, a boating-safety organization. He enjoyed boating, fishing, art and the study of languages, particularly German.

He also loved to read, especially books on religion, history philosophy, solar energy and more.

A man of faith, he was a deacon in his church and was recognized by the Southern Baptist Convention for his service as a missionary to Honduras.

After his retirement in 2001, Aldridge volunteered at Methodist Rehab and received the 2005 Goodwill Volunteer of the Year Award.

In August of 2014, he joined his medical school classmates at a reunion ceremony in Jackson and received a commemorative medallion.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy Thomas Aldridge, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and two brothers.


Dr. Myron Willis Lockey (1961) of Madison died Sept.11, 2014; he was 82.

A native of Morehead City, N.C., Lockey became one of the first physical therapists in Mississippi before pursuing his medical degree and training a generation of head and neck surgeons in the state.

After World War II, his family moved from North Carolina to Pearl, where he graduated from high school in 1949, serving as class president and submitting the name of the school mascot, the Pirates.

As a prep student, he was a state and Amateur Athletic Union championship swimmer. At Northwestern Louisiana State University in Natchitoches, he was undefeated in collegiate competition.

After graduating in 1953, he attended the School of Physical Therapy at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and earned certification from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Lockey worked in Carville, La., at the National Leprosarium and in Mississippi at the Mississippi Crippled Children's Hospital as a physical therapist before finishing pre-med courses in 1956 at Millsaps College.

Following graduation from UMMC, he did his residency training in general surgery and otolaryngology at the VA Medical Center, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.

He returned to Jackson and became a clinical instructor at UMMC's School of Medicine, where he filled teaching positions for the next 14 years and served as chair of the Otolaryngology Department until June 1980.

For 36 years, he also worked in private practice, holding staff memberships at a variety of Jackson-area hospitals. Lockey served as a leader or member of various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the Board of the American Cancer Society Mississippi Division.

He was associate editor, editor and, finally editor emeritus of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

Outside of work, he savored the outdoors on his farm in Jasper County, where he spent time on his tractor. A former Scoutmaster who was active in his church, he also pursued hunting, swimming and a hobby as a ham radio operator.

After retiring, he returned to competitive swimming, contending in his age group and earning top 10 world rankings in three events. Competing in five FINA Masters World Championships in 2006, he was ranked second in the world by FINA in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Lockey is survived by Mary Jo Lockey, his wife of 56 years, three sons and daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, a brother, sister and sister-in-law.