Posted on: March 28, 2018
Dr. Edward Harrison Hancock, Jr., 89, died peacefully on February 17, 2018, in Lynchburg, VA. Born December 18, 1928, in Lynchburg, Pete was the son of the late Edward Harrison Hancock and Cordelia Neblett Hamner, and brother of the late Charles Washington Hancock.
He attended Lynchburg schools, Episcopal High School, and the University of Virginia undergraduate and medical schools. After two years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, Pete completed his pediatric residency at Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital in New York City. In 1960 he returned to Lynchburg to begin practice with Drs. F. Read Hopkins and Edwin B. Vaden. In the mid-seventies he became Director of Health Services at Sweet Briar College and began private practice in Amherst, VA. In 1986 he became Director of Pediatrics at the Lynchburg Health Department. Pete was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Virginia Pediatric Society, and the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine. He also directed the Central Virginia Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for eleven years. Pete’s passions included helping children with learning disabilities, those suffering from lead poisoning, and teaching residents in the UVA Family Practice Program. After 50 years of practicing medicine, he retired in 2003. Pete was a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where he sang in the choir and served on the Vestry. Needlepoint, gardening, card games and his family were Pete’s great loves.
In addition to his wife of 38 years, Elizabeth Wood Hancock, he is survived by six children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 200 Boston Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503, or Lynchburg Daily Bread, 721 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504.