John M. Packard M.D.

September 25, 1920July 12, 2013

John Mallory Packard, MD died in Homewood AL, on July 12. He was born in Saranac Lake NY on Sept. 25, 1920 to Edward Newman Packard, Jr., MD and Mary Bissell Betts Packard. He graduated from the Taft School and was an exchange scholar at St. Columba’s College in Dublin. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, he interned at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and was a medical resident at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. A veteran of WWII and the Korean conflict, Dr. Packard completed military service as a Flight Surgeon in the US Navy in 1954. He was in the private practice of internal medicine and cardiology in Pensacola from 1954 to 1968, then moved to Birmingham as Director of the Alabama Regional Medical Program, Professor of Medicine, and Associate Dean of the Alabama School of Medicine. In 1973‑76 he helped found the College of Community Health Services at the University of Alabama, serving as Associate Dean and Professor and Chairman of Medicine. In 1976 he accepted the position of Director of Medical Education at the Birmingham Baptist Medical Centers, retiring in 1992. After retirement he worked with the American Council for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Packard was a member of numerous medical organizations and served as president of the Alabama Heart Association, the Alabama Society of Internists, the Birmingham Academy of Medicine, and the Central Alabama Coalition for the Employed but Medically Uninsured. He was a member of the Alabama and Birmingham Genealogical Societies, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Throughout his life he was an active member of the Episcopal Church. Dr. Packard was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Ann Schoonover Packard, and his son Charles. He is survived by four sons: Dr. Michael (Cath) of Fairfax VA; Dr. Shaun (Bitsy) of Guntersville AL; Krid Asvanon-Packard (Ann) of Bangkok Thailand; and Frank (Molly) of Birmingham AL; and by three daughters: Dr. Maurine (Jim Hudspeth) Packard of New York NY; Mary Betts Packard and Charlotte (Shawn) Manning, both of Birmingham AL. He is survived by nine grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. Visitation will be at Ridout Valley Chapel in Homewood at 5:00‑7:00 PM on Monday, July 15. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Vestavia Hills, at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 16. His ashes will be committed to the columbarium at Ascension. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Ascension, Episcopal Place, or a favorite charity.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2013

John M. Packard M.D.

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Moultrie D. Plowden

July 22, 2013

I worked with Dr. Packard for 5 years at UAB. He was my friend, mentor, and inspiration. He touched so many in positive ways. A Great American.

Nancy Hodgkins

July 19, 2013

to Mike, Maurine, Saun, Mary Betts, Frank, Charlotte - words fail me - we go back a LONG way - your mom and dad were very special people - I miss them, both (Charlie, too) - my thoughts and prayers are with you all - love, Nancy

July 18, 2013

I appreciate so much that Dr. and Mrs. Packard were such good neighbors to my parents who moved to Brookdale shortly after they did. He was especially helpful to my mom who was the primary caregiver for my dad. I will miss his friendly greeting from his scooter in the hallway when I visit my mom. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely,
Karen Kelly

July 17, 2013

We are very sad to learn the passing of our dear Dr. John. We met Dr. John while he was in Tuscaloosa working with UA School of Medicine. He and Mrs. Ann treating us like their own children. Dr. John gave my husband Joven an opportunity of a lifetime; to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at the Baptist System in Birmingham (Montclair and Princeton) from 1976 to 1979. Without that opportunity, we will be back home in the Philippines. We sent christmas cards to each other and kept up with our progress including the progress of our children. Joven and I are so sad that we just heard of his passing. Our prayers to all of you and we will pray for his peace. We love him so much. God bless all of you.
Joven and Amelia de los Reyes

MIke Leatherwood

July 17, 2013

My prayers are with you Saun. I have such fond memories from our days at PHS. God be with you.

Douglas Scutchfield

July 17, 2013

A gentleman, a scholar, an outstanding physician. He was present at the creation in Tuscaloosa and brought maturity and wisdom to the program. He was a dear friend and colleague.

Karen Brookshaw

July 16, 2013

I have known Dr. Packard just a short while at our home, Brookdale Place. He became my friend right away, and I enjoyed him so much. He did many things to make me feel welcome. As someone said, "He was a prince of a man."

Ann Smitherman Brenizer

July 16, 2013

Charlotte, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your father so fondly, along with the rest of your family, and my condolences go out to you all. I have thought of you many times through the years, and the happy times at the Packard's house! Peace be with you all.

Bonnie Smothers

July 15, 2013

Molly and Frank, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my heart and my prayers. I never got the privilege of meeting Dr. Packard, but so enjoyed all of the stories of him. He truly was a well loved man by his family and friends.
God Bless you.

Christopher Old

July 15, 2013

Wonderful gentleman, educator, and physician....I am a better physician after knowing him.