Wade Henry Shuford
March 2, 1925 – July 27, 2019
Wade Henry Shuford passed away peacefully at his home at Lenbrook on July 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Henry was born on March 2, 1925 in Conover, North Carolina, youngest child of Anne and Adrian Shuford. He went to grammar school in Conover and began high school in Newton. At 15 years old, he attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana. After one year at Culver, Henry was accepted at age 16 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a pre-med program. After 2 years at Chapel Hill, he was accepted at the University of Rochester, New York School of Medicine, graduating in 1948. This was the first time Henry actually graduated from a school. He next began a two year internship in Radiology at the University of Virginia.
Henry married Nancy Margaret Haslam of Providence, Rhode Island on April 17, 1950, one of the happiest days of his life. They moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Henry did his residency at Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes Hospital. While in Missouri, David and Louise were born.
In 1953, Henry received a commission of First Lieutenant Medical Corps and was stationed in New Brunswick, New Jersey at Camp Kilmer where he was the only radiologist. In 1955, the family moved to Durham, North Carolina, and Henry served as a Full Professor of Radiology at Duke Hospital. They welcomed their third child, William.
In 1957, the Shuford family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he accepted a position on the faculty at Emory University, teaching at Grady Memorial Hospital. In Atlanta, Jamie and Robert were born completing their family. His speciality was Cardiothoracic and Vascular Imaging. He published numerous medical articles and co-authored the book The Aortic Arch and its Malformations. He achieved the title of Professor Emeritus in 1999. His family has been touched by numerous doctors remarking on Henry’s influence on their medical practice and knowledge.
Henry was a man of many passions and interests. Nancy and Henry were avid bridge players and became Life Masters. At age 40, he started playing tennis. Winning wasn’t important to him; he just wanted to perfect his backhand. After watching home movies of Stein Eriksen, he took the whole family on ski trips to Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Henry and Nancy enjoyed traveling, with trips to Russia, Israel, Alaska, Europe, South America, and Antarctica, one of his favorite trips. Henry loved classical music, Frank Sinatra and big band music, setting up a music room which brought him many hours of pleasure. He loved golf, whiskey sours, West-end Burgers at Houstons, re-finishing furniture, German Shepherds, growing rhododendrons, floating in the ocean, lying in the sand, and the movie Shane. He was a member of Cherokee Town and Country Club and St. Philip’s Cathedral.
When asked what his greatest achievement was, Henry replied, “family”. For the past 33 years, he took the entire family (the count this past June was 35) on an annual beach trip to South Carolina, leading to the formation of lasting relationships of family members across the country. Henry was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and the contributions they are making to their communities.
Henry was a devoted son, father, and husband. Henry is survived by “the love of my life”, Nancy Haslam, wife of 69 years; his five children, David and his wife Helena of Atlanta, Louise Shuford Rak and her husband Joseph of Dennis, Massachusetts, William (Billy) Shuford and his wife Leslie of Atlanta, James (Jamie) Shuford and his wife Emily of Mountain Brook, Alabama, Robert Shuford and his wife Margot of Atlanta; ten grandchildren, Parmelee Shuford Miller, Lindsay Shuford Labrot, Emily Rak Nichols, David Shuford, Jr, Elijah Rak, Lia Shuford, Katie Shuford, William Shuford, Jake Shuford, Anna Shuford, two step-grandchildren, Kate Amberson and Lizzie Amberson; eight surviving great-grandchildren and one predeceased great-grandson.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Lenbrook, Live Oak Caregivers, and Longleaf Hospice for all of their loving care.
A memorial celebration of Henry’s life and legacy will be held at St. Philip’s Cathedral at 2:00 on Friday, August 16.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the charity or church of their choice.
- To a charity or church of your choice
- Memorial Celebration Friday, August 16, 2019
Wade Henry Shuford
August 13, 2019
Our father, Dr Jack Wilson, was a regular on the tennis courts at Cherokee with Dr Shuford. I remember dad being a power player while Dr Shuford was a finesse player; their styles complimented each other such that they played together for years. Their mutual interests in medicine led to broad discussions in the parking lot next to Dr Shuford’s quirky-looking Saab while I stood there in a wet bathing suit with sodden towel dancing on hot asphalt from foot to foot. Some of their discussion must have rubbed off because I eventually went into medicine as well. The things you remember from childhood. God bless the whole Shuford family.
John, Bryant, Ruthie, Stephen, and Jamie Wilson
Mary Adair Baker
August 12, 2019
Dear Shuford Family, Remembering your wonderful family from CherokeeTennis Shop.. Dr. Shuford was always so kind and cheerful.I'm praying for all of you. Robert, Margo , and Nancy, please tell Anna I'm sure George will want to greet Dr. Shuford and invite him to a refresher lesson in tennis! May God bless you all, Mary Amaya Baker
Catherine Cox Zampini
August 4, 2019
The Cox Family is very sad to hear of this news! We have many fond memories of tennis days long ago and many special times at Cherokee Town Club!
Many prayers and lots of love to you all during this time!!
Ann, Catherine & Family
This picture was taken at Lenbrook 2 months ago! ❤️