OBITUARY

George Gayle Stephens

August 6, 1928February 20, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors, Birmingham, AL.

REMEMBERING

George Gayle Stephens

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S Cathcart

February 28, 2014

On behalf of my family, thank you all for sharing such kind words and stories about my grandfather. He truly was a great man and doctor and will be truly missed.

Jan Lenz

February 26, 2014

We loved Dr. Stephens as students at the UAB School of Optometry. He was a wonderful teacher and doctor to us all. Condolences to his family.

Tricia Collins Steele

February 26, 2014

We are fortunate that Dr. Stephens touched so many people in his life....the world is a better place for his influences.

Jay Lee

February 26, 2014

In 2012, I had the privilege of coaxing Dr. G. Gayle Stephens to deliver the plenary speech at the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies. He agreed to speak at our meeting after grilling me via telephone for nearly two hours on why I believed his perspective mattered. Naturally, I connected his Family Medicine as Counterculture work to today's Family Medicine Revolution social media movement. After his speech, he said to me: "Thanks for giving me hope about the future."

As one of our specialty's pioneers, Dr. Stephens was a Force for Family Medicine and will be missed deeply by the #FMRevolution movement. We mustn't forget his lasting message: Give a damn about your patient. Be there for your patient. Know your job versus your work. We will continue the work that he started.

February 25, 2014

Linda Niebauer

February 25, 2014

What a lovely gentleman and a scholar. For decades I only knew Gayle through his writings and reputation. Two years ago I finally had the good fortune to meet him in person when he graced our University of Colorado School of Medicine campus as a Levitt lecturer. What a gem! I will always cherish our time together.

Mark Ryan

February 25, 2014

Dr. Stephens and I met only once, briefly, but his influence, thoughtfulness, and patient-centeredness has played a major role in helping define the physician I hope to be in my career.

Thanks for all he did.

Condolences to his family and friends.

Kai Rinkowski

February 25, 2014

I had the good fortune to be an optometry student at UABSO when Dr. Stephens taught the physical diagnosis course. Dr. Stephens was an outstanding educator, physician and man. Dr. Stephens will live on in all of us.

February 25, 2014

What a much better world this is with Uncle Gayle having been a part of it. I will miss you so much. I loved you and love your family very much. Lucas

Brian Spittle

February 24, 2014

Tremendously knowledgeable, patient, kind, and earnest. Pitting edema!