Posted on: February 18, 2019
Aaron Wayne Sullivan of Athens, GA, formerly of Meridian, MS, passed away December 17, 2018. Born in Smith County, MS on October 31, 1922, he was the only child of the late Kiley and Carrie Sullivan. During his 96 years of life, he received a BS from Mississippi College and an MD from the University of Virginia. He completed his internship at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and his residency in Radiology at Emory University Hospital. He served among the enlisted ranks in the US Navy during WWII. During the Korean War, he served in the US Army as a Radiologist with the 25th Evacuation Hospital. After his Korean War service, he held the post of Associate Radiologist at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, TX and at the Veterans Administrations Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was the first radiologist to practice in Meridian, MS, conducting both a diagnostic practice and radiation therapy in private practice and at all the Meridian hospitals. Dr. Sullivan also established the School of X-ray technology at what is now Meridian Community College, and he is the co-founder of the Southern Radiology Conference.
Over the course of his career, he was certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology, and he held the positions of president of Lauderdale County Medical Society, secretary of the East Mississippi Medical Society, president of the Mississippi Radiology Society, East Mississippi representative to the Mississippi Medical Society, chief of staff of Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, MS, chairman of the Board of Directors of First Baptist Church, Meridian, MS, and a Sunday School teacher. Dr. Sullivan was also a member of the Masons and Rotarians.
Among his many passions were maintaining strong personal relationships with his family and friends from his earliest years to the end of his life. He organized many reunions of cousins, classmates and colleagues. He was also passionate about golf and knew every hole at Northwood like the back of his hand. As his epitaph reads, “I’ve made 12 holes-in-one; this makes 13.”
He is survived by his three children; five grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Buddy.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Athens Humane Society, American Cancer Society, the Meridian Community College-School of Radiologic Technology, or the charity of your choice.