Lucius Waites Jr.

January 12, 1924January 11, 2013
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Dr. Lucius Waites, Jr.

Dr. Lucius Waites, of Dallas, TX, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 at his residence. He will always be remembered as a loving uncle, physician and friend to all those who knew and loved him. Luke was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 27, 1924 to Lucius Waites, Sr. and Ruth McFarland Waites and grew up in south Mississippi. He attended Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) from 1941 to 1943 where he played football. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Ole Miss and, upon graduation, enrolled at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis. His internship and training in pediatrics were completed in Houston, Texas and his child neurology training was completed at the University of Chicago, and Queens Square, London. Luke married Molly Coffeen from Oklahoma and they moved to Dallas in 1961. For the last thirty (30) years of his professional career, Luke was a pediatric neurologist at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas where he received strong support. The child development center at the hospital was named in his honor and he was profoundly grateful for this recognition. On October 1, 1997, he received the Distinguished Health Service Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. Luke dedicated his life’s work toward reaching out to children with learning disorders, particularly dyslexia. Luke considered himself lucky to have the good fortune to serve in the navy, in the army, and in the coast guard. His favorite activities were collecting medical books, and restoring classic cars, especially Rolls-Royces. His favorite writer of fiction was William Faulkner. Battle Hymn of the Republic was a personal favorite anthem. He is survived by a brother, Alex Mac Waites of Mississippi as well as several loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 14, 2012 at the auditorium of Presbyterian Village North, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX. A private graveside will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas. Online condolences may be made at


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 14, 2013

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Matthew P

February 26, 2013

In 1972 Dr Waites showed me how my learning disability would become my own unique learning advantage. From a child who couldn't read to a college graduate who finished in the top 1% of his presented me with a solution and showed me how to stand tall while remaining humble. You were love in action, thank you.

Lauren Hunt-Wisdom

February 25, 2013

I did not personally know doctor Waites, but I have had the privelege of living with a man whom has thrived in his life as a direct result of the loving care and wisdom the doctor extended to him. My husband Matthew has always spoken so fondly of doctor Waites and so did his Mother, Lucy Phillips who as a result of having 3 dyslexic sons became a teacher to help other struggling youth. His amazing circle of love grows and expands everyday. Thank you for all your efforts dear man.

Pat Rogers

January 28, 2013

Thank you, God, for a wonderful man. Sleep sweet, you will be missed. Thank you for how you blessed so many lives with encouragement, strength and a twinkle in your eye.

Glenda Skeet

January 21, 2013

Dr. Waites was a special man. He was a very kind person. He touched the lives of the children he helped as well as his staff.

Jim Veal

January 16, 2013

This was a truly wonderful human being I was blessed to know for many years. Absolutely selfless, and as good as they come. One of my best memories was sitting in his living room, sharing a glass of special single malt Scotch. I knew I was in very rare air. He will never be forgotten for his kindnesses and his countless contributions to the world of medicine for children. Godspeed, Uncle Luke. A life well lived.

Lissy Foster

January 16, 2013

My daughter was diagnosed at the Waites Center at TSRHC and its been a miracle. Thank you for making an impact!

Linda Morris

January 16, 2013

Dr.Waites saved our daughter from life in an institution - cannot tell you how many "doctor experts" we saw before being directed to Dr. Waites.
Today she is a productive member of our society - we are so grateful to this kind man.

January 15, 2013

We will miss you

Connie Penny

January 15, 2013

Dr Waites is my hero, and I told him so when I attended Scottish Rite Hospital to train as a dyslexia therapist. My son is dyslexic, and I struggled to find him help. There was nothing for him in the public school setting. Today, the world is a much better place because of Luke Waites. He helped put laws in place that demand that dyslexic students reach their potential in Texas public schools.

Arlene Rollins

January 15, 2013

To the family of Dr. Lucius Waites JR. I am so sorry to here of his passing. I must say I love what he has done for Scottish Rite Hospital in the area of Dyslexia and things he has done for so many children. I have two children with Dyslexia. I understand as a mother and working with children with Dyslexia how hard it is for families to understannd that big question (What is Dyslexia?)and how can I help my child. Well you Dr. Waites have proven to be great in helping families to discover it's nothing wrong with it. May God bless you. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.