Dr. Earle L. Wrenn Jr.

September 19, 1924November 6, 2014

Dr. Earle Lewis Wrenn, Jr., a resident of the Well Spring Retirement Community, died on November 6, 2014, at the age of ninety. He was born in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on September 19, 1924, the son of the late Earle Lewis Wrenn and Linnie Mae Wilkins Wrenn.

Dr. Wrenn is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Lynette Boney Wrenn, their children, Dr. Edward H. Wrenn of Pittsburgh, PA (Lynda), Dr. John J. Wrenn of Greensboro (Cathy) and Claire Wrenn Bobrow of San Francisco, CA (Jared), seven grandchildren, Kristen, Patrick and Graham Wrenn, Nate and Callie Wrenn, Juliette and Lewis Bobrow, two step-grandchilden, Jake and Alex Stockman and his sister, Mrs. Martha Dorroh of Caruthersville, MO. His namesake and youngest son, Earle Lewis Wrenn III, died in 1978. He was lost but not forgotten.

Dr. Wrenn graduated from Ruleville, MS High School, Sunflower Junior College, the University of Mississippi and the Johns Hopkins Medical School where he received his MD degree. His postgraduate medical training in surgery was at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Grady Memorial Hospital (Emory Medical School) in Atlanta and Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He received further training in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Children’s Hospital of Boston where he served as Chief Surgical Resident and instructor in Surgery for the Harvard Medical School.

While in medical school he was in the Navy V 12 program. From 1949 to 1951 he served on active duty in the Army Medical Corps. In 1956 Dr. Wrenn established his practice in Pediatric Surgery in Memphis, TN where he served on the clinical faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, reaching the rank of Clinical Professor of Surgery. He also worked with the newly established St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as their first attending surgeon.

He was a member of numerous organizations: Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Surgical Association, British Association of Pediatric Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and was a founding member of the Lilliputian Surgical Society.

After retiring from practice he and his wife moved to Greensboro, NC, where they are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Well Spring Retirement Community Benevolent Fund, the Greensboro Urban Ministry, the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greensboro or a charity of the donor’s choice.

There will be a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Well Spring Retirement Community. The family will receive friends following the service.

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Sumate Teeraratkul

December 3, 2014

I met Professor Earle L. Wrenn Jr. In 1987 during his journey with Professor Thomas M. Holder to Thailand. Both of them presented their valuable works in pediatric surgery at International surgical meeting held in Bangkok,Thailand. Both of them were kindful and great teachers.
Professor Earle L. Wrenn was a mentor of Dr. Numhom who taught me to be a pediatric surgeon. Only great memory of a grand teacher.
My sincere condolences to your family.

Tracy Wiener Rapp

November 19, 2014

I am 52 year old mother of three and Dr. Wrenn was a part of my life from when I was 4 until I was 12. I had VUR, vesicoureteral Reflux, which is now tested and cured through some simple procedures. Instead of having invasive surgeries, he guided my parents through antibiotic treatments and cured me. Even though he was a great and accomplished surgeon, he was most of all a great doctor who could see and understand the big picture and the whole patient. Only great memories of this man. Condolences to the family.

Lynn Reasons

November 15, 2014

I knew your husband and father as a surgeon when my eight month old son needed surgery. Dr. Wrenn was so reassuring to a frighted set of young parents, and I deeply appreciate his gentle and kind treatment of my son (and his parents) 33 years later. My sincere condolences to your family.

Pam (Smith) Haithcock

November 14, 2014

A kind man with a love and passion of caring for children. The things he taught me about the operating room I still use every day.

November 13, 2014

Earle Wrenn and Bobby Allen were the founders of Pediatric Surgery in Memphis. Like so many Physicians, I was honored by their reflected glory.

Barry Gerald

Max Langham

November 13, 2014

I met Earle when he and Lynette visited Memphis and had dinner with the Division of Pediatric Surgery he founded. His grace and dignity were immediately apparent as was his sparkling wit and intellect. Since that visit it has been a privilege to share several more visits including a dinner on Earle's 89th birthday at the Lilliputian meeting in St. Louis. He remains an inspiration for me personally and the men and women who follow in his footsteps caring for children at LeBonheur. We will keep Lynette in our prayers and Earle's memory in our hearts.

Tom Boulden

November 10, 2014

Earle was a gentleman surgeon at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital when I was new faculty in the department of radiology. He was an exemplar of everything a physician should be and first of all a kind and caring human being.

Stephanie Rodriguez

November 10, 2014

A gentle man and an exemplary surgeon. LeBonheur hasn't been the same without him. I worked with Dr. Wrenn in the ICU and the OR. His kindness and his faith was a part of everything he did. He will always be in my heart and the things he taught me will always be a part of the way I care for children.

November 10, 2014

We will miss you dearly, our prayers are with you all.
With all our love
From all The Shinault.

November 9, 2014

Our hearts are heavy. We love you, Earle Wrenn

Evelyn and Tommy Zerfoss