John Thaddeus Horney, MD

November 4, 1945June 11, 2017

John Thaddeus Horney M.D., 71, of Atlanta, GA, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 11, 2017.

John was born to the late Helen Price and John Joseph Horney in Youngstown, Ohio November 4, 1945. A 1963 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a standout in athletics, he attended the University of Notre Dame on a football scholarship where he distinguished himself as a tenacious competitor on the field as a linebacker on the 1966 National Championship team. Off the field, John was recognized for his keen intellect graduating in 1967. John went on to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and began his career in Atlanta at Grady Hospital in 1971. He often commented that he learned more in a month while serving in Grady’s renowned emergency unit than he did in his years in medical school. He completed his Residency and Fellowship at Emory University Hospitals. An accomplished physician, John practiced for over 45 years in Atlanta specializing in Gastroenterology. He was known as a caring and compassionate physician, and was beloved and respected by his colleagues, nurses and patients.

A devoted husband and father, he enjoyed exercise, travel, reading, golf, gardening, a nice meal and glass of wine. John was at his happiest spending time with family and friends. He traveled back to Notre Dame often and enjoyed many reunions with his teammates and coach including last September where his team celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1966 National Championship. A true kid at heart, he was adored by his 13 grandchildren and was known to them affectionately as “John Daddy”.

John is survived by his wife of 48 years Alice Fanning Horney, his four daughters: Sara Utsch (John), Monica Herring (Russell), Erin Gannon (Christopher) of Atlanta, GA and Katherine Neuenfeldt (Michael) of San Mateo, CA and his beloved grandchildren: Charlie, Mae Mae, Amelia and Henry Utsch; Jack, Julia, Quinn and Francie Herring; Paddy, Claire and Billy Gannon; J.P. and Teddy Neuenfeldt; and his sister, Clarissa and her husband Robert Elias. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Laverie.

A visitation will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 in Kenny Hall at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Atlanta, GA. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, private burial to follow at Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs, GA.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care, the Cathedral of Christ the King and the University of Notre Dame.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 15, 2017

John Thaddeus Horney, MD

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Alejandra Klopstock

November 30, 2017

I am in shock and feel very sad about Dr. Horney's passing. He was my doctor, a great doctor!! And grandfather of one of my daughters friends. He will be missed... My condolences to his family, especially to Mae Mae, who went to CKS with my daughter Mandy.

Paul Bregande

September 28, 2017

I'll forever be indebted to Dr. Horney for his unparalleled care to many members of my family. He will be missed by all, and his legendary interception in 1966 will live on forever in Notre Dame lore - God got a good one in John Horney. GO IRISH!

Ron Coleman

September 16, 2017

Dr. Horney assisted me in a lawsuit involving mysterious symptoms. He diagnosed the problem- celiac disease- that others had overlooked. The plaintiff owed him much for figuring out her problem.
Dr. Horney was a true gentleman and a very fine doctor. His good care will be missed.

David Bregande

September 7, 2017

Dr. Horney was such a wonderful man and physician. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. He treated my whole family and when I speak his name, it is always followed by "The man who saved my mom's life." I know that the list of people indebted to him in that regard is long. I enjoyed talking to him about Notre Dame Football on my regular check-ups, the alma mater that we shared, and I will miss that. He was a special man.

Kay Conarro Libman

August 9, 2017

So sorry to hear of Dr. Horney's passing. My Dad and Mom both saw him years ago and then I was a patient of his about five years ago. Prayers for his family.

Sherrill Rutherford

August 5, 2017

He has been our Family doctor for at least 10 years....he took care of us all for everything...gastro related or not. He has set a high bar for any future MD we will ever see. A loving,caring, compassionate man. I and my family are in total shock and heartache...We will always remember him. An amazing man. Our hearts are broken.

Ray Margiano

August 2, 2017

I am in shock just called to see John whom I have been seeing for abut 40 years....John was more than a Doctor
he was a friend, he even came to my wedding...he always took the time no matter how busy he was to chat a
warm caring person that gave so much to so many. John will be missed by many especially me... Love you John
we all know you have to be in heaven... ray margiano

Christine Hicks

August 1, 2017

My dad and I both saw Dr. Horney for years. I started seeing him when I was 16 years old. It's been about 40 years he's been my doctor. My heart is broken to hear of this loss. I felt like he was a family member. I send my deepest regret of this loss to his family. He is and will always be missed. He was a great doctor.

Annette Hopgood

July 28, 2017

My husband and I were both patients of Dr. Horney. He attended me since the 1980s and my husband over the past five years with colon cancer. When we moved to the N. GA Mountains from Atlanta, he was the specialist we kept. He always asked about the cows and he had a standing invitation to visit Blairsville. We were so shocked to just learn when I called for an appointment. We are so saddened. We had just exchanged messages via his nurse on June 1st and he was eager to help me as always. When Wesley was in Emory - St. Jo with his surgery Dr. H visited him and the nurses were so excited to see him as he didn't get over to the hospital GI floor often. We just loved him and his care! Condolences to the entire family. He spoke often of you all.
Annette and Wesley Hopgood
Blairsville, GA

Susan & Roy Thompson

July 14, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a friend from many, many years ago ... always such an upbeat guy with an amazing zest for life. Our condolences to his family and we will always remember him fondly. In our thoughts ...