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Dr. Albert Gore Named Family Physician of the Year

August 5, 2009

Mississippi's Family Physician of the Year is Dr. Albert Leroy Gore, a Mississippi College alumnus from the Class of 1947.

The oldest of eight brothers, Dr. Gore, 89, was a military veteran who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Army. Seven of the Gore brothers graduated from MC, including internationally celebrated artist Sam Gore of Clinton.

A native of Big Creek, Mississippi, he's retired and living in Raymond with his wife, Marianna. They have five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Presented at the academy's 60th annual meeting in Sandestin, Fla. last month, the award goes to a physician contributing the most to the development of family medicine in the Magnolia State. Dr. Gore was one of the original members who organized the academy.

"I appreciate it," Dr. Gore said of the honor. "When you are 89 years old you appreciate anything," he added with a laugh. "It's a good organization."

Several decades ago, Dr. Gore used to make many house calls. He's delivered lots of babies in rural Mississippi. "I wouldn't be able to do it again, but I'm glad I did it. It was quite an honor to work with the families," he said when reached at his home in Hinds County.

He and his wife, Marianna, who both graduated from Hinds Community College in 1940, have been married for 68 years. "We are still in love. It may sound a little syrupy, but I really mean it."

Dr. Gore has been an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mississippi Academy since 1955. From 1952 until 1966, Dr. Gore served the communities of Bay Springs and Jackson by providing primary care "from the cradle to the grave" to more than 2,000 families. He left private practice in 1966 to re-enter the Army and later returned to private practice in 1980. He first entered active military duty with the Mississippi National Guard in November 1940 and served that stint through 1946. He received his medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1951.

The honor for Dr. Gore is known as the John B. Howell Memorial Award is memory of Dr. Howell, a pioneer in the practice of family medicine and longtime delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Based in Madison, the Mississippi academy represents more than 1,000 members. It is an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The national group includes more than 95,000 family physicians and medical students.

Albert Gore was an outstanding athlete during his playing days at MC in the 1940s. Gore was a four-sport letterman at MC. He ran track, played football, basketball and baseball for the MC Choctaws. The 1940 Hinds graduate played football and basketball and ran track on the Raymond campus.

His younger brother, Sam, 81, a 1951 MC graduate and former chairman of the MC art department, has won accolades around the world for his art treasures during more than five decades.

Sam Gore's bronze sculptures of Moses and Jesus adorn the MC School of Law in downtown Jackson. The Mississippi artist said he's received too much attention lately. He's glad to see his older brother, the doctor, get some "deserved attention for his accomplishments."

Photo: Dr. Albert Gore

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