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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Dr. Richard Roy Aclin

October 26, 1939August 10, 2019
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Dr. Richard Roy Aclin, 79, died August 10, 2019, in Ft. Smith, after suffering a lengthy illness. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 26, 1939, to William Roy and Mildred Pauline Aclin, and preceded in death by his father. He graduated from Hot Springs High School. He attended Hendrix College (’57-’60) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (’60-’64) to earn his Dr. of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at UAMS and was board certified.

Dr. Aclin served in the USAF for 11 years, his last assignment was Kessler Air Force Base (’67-’71). He served as Chief of outpatient Pediatrics and established the 1st Intensive Care Nursery at Kessler.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he moved to Ft. Smith to join Dr. John Watts in private practice. During those years, he was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as Chief of Staff at Sparks Regional Medical Center and Chief of Pediatrics at both Sparks and St. Edwards Hospitals. He also supported the NICU & Pediatric Department at Sparks. In 1976, Dr. Aclin was named Assistant Clinical Professor of UAMS and Assistant Professor in 1998. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1996. In 1998, he joined the staff and faculty at AHEC (UAMS, West) in Ft. Smith. He was responsible for outpatient and inpatient care, as well as resident education in pediatrics. He initiated the “Reach out & Read” program for the clinic.

Dr. Aclin was elected to the Ft. Smith Public School Board and served on numerous committees. He was a member of the Discussion Class at FUMC.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay (Morgan) Aclin; and children: Dru Cessna (David Smith), Gregory Aclin (Patti Ann), Amy Reid (Jeff) and William Aclin (Leslie); grandchildren: Matthew Cessna, Katherine Aclin, Sarah Aclin, William Aclin, Andrew Reid (Jessica), Rachel Reid, Evy Aclin and Ellis Aclin; mother, Mildred Aclin; brother, Kenneth Aclin (Connie); close brothers and sisters-in-law, Carol Pace (Charles) and Windy Morgan (Jane) and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be Friday at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church and a family burial at National Cemetery with Military Honors. Family will visit with friends following the memorial service in the Narthex.

In lieu of flowers, donations to First United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Clinic or Community Rescue Mission, would be appreciated.

To place online condolences, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Kay Aclin, Wife of 58 years
  • Dru Cessna and husband David Smith, Daughter
  • Amy Reid and husband Jeff, Daughter
  • Gregory Aclin and wife Patti Ann, Son
  • William Aclin and wife Leslie, Son
  • Mildred Pauline Aclin, Mother
  • William Roy Aclin, Father (deceased)
  • Matthew Cessna, Grandchild
  • Katherine Aclin, Grandchild
  • Sarah Aclin, Grandchild
  • William Aclin, Grandchild
  • Andrew Reid and wife Jessica, Grandchild
  • Rachel Reid, Grandchild
  • Evy Aclin, Grandchild
  • Ellis Aclin, Grandchild
  • Kenneth Aclin and wife Connie, Brother
  • Carol Pace and husband Charles, Sister-in-law
  • Windy Morgan and wife Jane, Brother-in-law
  • Richard is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • First United Methodist Church
  • Good Samaritan Clinic
  • Community Rescue Mission

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 16, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Family Burial with Military Honors

Memories

Dr. Richard Roy Aclin

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rocky walker

August 15, 2019

Dr. Aclin was my pediatrician. He was a fine man, a great doctor, and cared for his patients and his calling greatly. He leaves a behind a great example and a legacy of a life well lived by helping others and serving God. My prayers and sympathy to His loved ones. He is resting in peace...

Sharon Nugent

August 15, 2019

Dr. Aclin was a godsend to us when he first arrived to practice in Ft.Smith. He was the first to figure out why my year old firstborn stayed ill with respiratory problems...and figured out how to fix it. He went on to be our pediatrician until both of our children were past pediatric ages. I know many have the same story and prayers go out to his family and friends for peace and comfort and good memories.

Sharon and Wayne Nugent, Robert and Janet.

Fran Rainwater

August 15, 2019

Our prayers are with the Aclin family. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Dr. Aclin was our son's pediatrician from 1977 until we had to leave due to his age. The best Dr. ever!! Our son thought he was family because he treated us like family. He truly cared for him as if it were his own child. I remember calling him late one night in winter and he said to bundle that baby up and take him outside to be able to breath. The next morning I took him in to the office but he was already better. Also, he told me if I would put just a tiny bit of bacon grease in his scrambled eggs, he would like them better! And he did.... :) I am sure there are treasures laid up and crowns filled with jewels for him in Heaven today as he has been promoted to the highest level with our Lord "for where your treasurers are is where your heart is". You can be proud as a family to know so very many were helped by his professionalism and kindness. God bless you all!
Fran and Virgil Rainwater

Shelley Overholt

August 15, 2019

Dr Aclin was one of my favorite attendings at AHEC, and not just because his sense of humor made rounds more fun. His love of pediatrics, clear and practical teaching style, and I believe he was truly invested in making us high quality physicians who knew how to take care of kids made him a great mentor. From “Don’t worry about a kid who’s holding their breath they pass out eventually” to details on IV drips for infants, I still have mental and actual notes from Dr Aclin from 98-01. A great man, sorry for the loss to your family and Ft Smith.

Sarah Blan

August 14, 2019

Dr. Aclin was my three children’s pediatrician back in the 80’s and 90’s . I had complete faith and trust in him . In 1983 when my five yr old daughter had a seizure at bible school , the staff member took her to VB hospital . They wanted to do a spinal tap on her. We said no, we taking her to Sparks and calling her pediatrician. Dr Aclin came to the ER to see her . He smelled her breath and said she has tonsillitis . Her fever went up so fast , it caused her to have a seizure. We knew our child was in good hands . But we had known it all along. He was such a great doctor ! We will never forget him. Deepest sympathy to the family . Sincerely, Sarah Blan

Don Hubbard

August 14, 2019

Dr. Aclin was always very supportive of my role as Director of Pastoral Care at Sparks Regional Medical Center from 1998-2011. He was also supportive of Valerie in her role as Director of the Child Enrichment Center at First United Methodist Church from 2004-2016. We will especially miss his sense of humor.

Rest in peace my friend,
Rev. Don Hubbard
Hot Springs, AR

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Biography

Dr. Richard Roy Aclin, 79, died August 10, 2019, in Ft. Smith, after suffering a lengthy illness. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 26, 1939, to William Roy and Mildred Pauline Aclin, and preceded in death by his father. He graduated from Hot Springs High School. He attended Hendrix College (’57-’60) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (’60-’64) to earn his Dr. of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at UAMS and was board certified.

Dr. Aclin served in the USAF for 11 years, his last assignment was Kessler Air Force Base (’67-’71). He served as Chief of outpatient Pediatrics and established the 1st Intensive Care Nursery at Kessler.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he moved to Ft. Smith to join Dr. John Watts in private practice. During those years, he was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as Chief of Staff at Sparks Regional Medical Center and Chief of Pediatrics at both Sparks and St. Edwards Hospitals. He also supported the NICU & Pediatric Department at Sparks. In 1976, Dr. Aclin was named Assistant Clinical Professor of UAMS and Assistant Professor in 1998. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1996. In 1998, he joined the staff and faculty at AHEC (UAMS, West) in Ft. Smith. He was responsible for outpatient and inpatient care, as well as resident education in pediatrics. He initiated the “Reach out & Read” program for the clinic.

Dr. Aclin was elected to the Ft. Smith Public School Board and served on numerous committees. He was a member of the Discussion Class at FUMC.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay (Morgan) Aclin; and children: Dru Cessna (David Smith), Gregory Aclin (Patti Ann), Amy Reid (Jeff) and William Aclin (Leslie); grandchildren: Matthew Cessna, Katherine Aclin, Sarah Aclin, William Aclin, Andrew Reid (Jessica), Rachel Reid, Evy Aclin and Ellis Aclin; mother, Mildred Aclin; brother, Kenneth Aclin (Connie); close brothers and sisters-in-law, Carol Pace (Charles) and Windy Morgan (Jane) and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be Friday at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church and a family burial at National Cemetery with Military Honors. Family will visit with friends following the memorial service in the Narthex. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to First United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Clinic or Community Rescue Mission, would be appreciated.

To place online condolences, visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com