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Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA

OBITUARY

Dr. Maurice Julian Duttera Jr.

January 15, 1942October 4, 2019

Dr. Maurice Julian Duttera, Jr., 77, died peacefully on October 4th, 2019 at West Georgia Hospice, after a thirteen-year journey with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born January 15, 1942 in LaGrange at City-County Hospital to the late Margaret and Maurice Duttera, and was delivered by Dr. Jim Holder who would hire him thirty-two years later as the first medical oncologist at the Clark-Holder Clinic in LaGrange, Georgia.

Dr. Duttera was raised in West Point, Georgia where he earned his Eagle Scout and where he graduated from West Point High School. He graduated from Duke University in 1964 with B.A. in Chemistry and received a Medical Doctorate from Duke in 1968, when he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After an internship and residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, he served in the Public Health Service at the National Cancer Institute for two years. He returned to Duke University as a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, where he completed a two-year fellowship in medical oncology and hematology.

In 1974 he and his wife, Sue, moved to LaGrange with their three young daughters, where he began a thirty-five year medical practice in hematology and oncology at Clark-Holder Clinic. Driven by a deep concern for health care in rural communities, he helped establish a rural health clinic in Hogansville, Georgia to better serve the community’s at-risk and under-served populations. He served for many years on the Georgia State Medical Education Board, which awarded scholarships to medical students who committed to practice in underserved areas of the state. His involvement with the Troup County American Cancer Society (ACS) grew to state and national levels. He distinguished himself by holding several positions with the ACS including president of the Georgia Division, board member of the South Atlantic Division, delegate to the national assembly, and on the National Ends Committee for Quality of Life. He was an active participant in ACS’s signature event and largest fundraiser for cancer research, Relay for Life. He was awarded the St. George Medal in 1994.

Among his proudest professional accomplishments were helping to found West Georgia Hospice and then serving as Medical Director, and also serving as Medical Director for the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic for over thirty years. He was named Doctor of the Year at West Georgia Medical Center in 2008 and was honored at the West Georgia Hospice Golf Tournament in 2009. He was a founding member and first president of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology and was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Duttera felt a genuine call to the practice of medicine, and his passion was for his patients and their health and comfort. His family thought it fitting that he spent his last moments in the hospice facility he served so lovingly for so long.

Outside his career in medicine, he was an active member at First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange where he served both as a deacon and as an elder, and was a member of the Fellowship Class. He was a committed member of the Rotary Club and was Rotarian of the Year for 2010-2011. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, taking his family on trips across county and abroad, and he loved going to the beach every summer. He treasured both travel and time with his family. He and his running buddy Taylor Merrill logged thousands of miles on “the flower streets” of LaGrange. He always looked forward to his monthly 10 Club gatherings. He was known to so many as Dr. Duttera, to his grandchildren he was simply Papa. He is survived by Sue, his wife of fifty-four years, his daughters Beth Newman (Brownie), Emily Heeg (Paul) and Ann Council (Greg), and eight grandchildren: Evan, Cole, and Bryce Heeg; Drew, Maggie, and Ben Council; and Tess and Lizzy Newman. He is also survived by his brother, Jim (Pat).

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Home Helpers caregivers and the caregivers at Poplar Creek.

After a private committal service, a celebration of his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, LaGrange on October 12, 2019 at 11:00 with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to First Presbyterian Church, West Georgia Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • FAMILY

  • Sue M. Duttera, Wife
  • Beth Newman (Brownie), Daughter
  • Emily Heeg (Paul), Daughter
  • Ann Council (Greg), Daughter
  • Jim Duttera (Pat), Brother
  • Maurice Julian Duttera Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Margaret Jones Duttera, Mother (deceased)
  • He is also survived by his eight grandchildren: Evan, Cole, and Bryce Heeg; Drew, Maggie, and Ben Council; and Tess and Lizzy Newman.
  • DONATIONS

  • First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange
  • West Georgia Hospice
  • American Cancer Society of Troup County

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Reception following the service Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

Dr. Maurice Julian Duttera Jr.

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Rebecca and Eugene Long

October 11, 2019

Dearest Sue we are so saddened by loss of Julian. He was one of reasons we chose LaGrange to begin Eugene's medical career. It seems like it was only yesterday. We always respected and admired you both . You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fondly, The Longs

Susie Crum

October 11, 2019

Dr D as I knew him by and his Precious wife will Always hold a Special place in my Heart.
I only worked with them for a little while but my Memories of these 2 Sweet people will Always be with me my lifetime
I pray for Sue the girls and the rest of the family during this time.
I pray for His Peace His Comfort and His Strength.
I Love you More than You'll ever know
Thanks for allowing our paths to cross
Lots of Love Hugs and Prayers Susie Crum

Loraine Crenshaw

October 9, 2019

Dear Sue and family : Please accept my deepest condolences. I am so humbled for being chosen by God to be assigned as his nurse in his final hours at hospice. My continued prayers are with all of the family and loved ones. Sincerely, Loraine Crenshaw (Wellstar West Georgia Hospice)

Syd Janney

October 9, 2019

Dr. Duttera was beloved and respected by my mother-in-law, Bernice T. Janney, whose care he oversaw for many years as she battled ovarian cancer twice. If Dr. Duttera spoke, we listened and will forever be thankful for the quality of care he provided to her and to so many in the LaGrange community. We celebrate knowing Dr. Duttera.

Tracy Eley

October 9, 2019

Dr. Sue Duttera,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with you.

Sincerely,
Tracy Sellars Eley
LC '99

Bob Layfield

October 7, 2019

Dear Sue, Beth, Emily and Ann. Each time I think of the Duttera family a big smile crosses my face. Each one of you have made a big impact on our family and we will never forget you. We mourn with you over your loss and will remember each one of you in a special way at this time. Dr. Duttera’s influence will live on with each of you and with all his friends and patients. May God bless each one of you. Bob, Brenda, Heath and Heather Layfield

Lori Tucker

October 7, 2019

As a new RN in 1990, Dr. Duttera was one of the first physicians I had contact with at West Georgia Medical Center. He was such an outstanding and caring physician. I was often amazed at his knowledge and compassion that he shared with patients and staff alike. He was a definite asset to the community he served. A great man is now at rest, but his contributions will live on . Condolences to his family on the loss of a wonderful, dedicated doctor, father and husband.

Kelley Hughes

October 7, 2019

I started nursing school in 1985 and worked 5 south while in school. During this time i had the honor to meet and work with Dr Duttera. Without a doubt, one of the most loving, knowledgeable and compassionate men I've had the pleasure of working with and learning from. He was heaven sent to his patients, loved and respected by the nurses and staff and made a distinct impression on me. Godspeed Dr. D... Godspeed!

Kevin Dunn

October 7, 2019

May God continue to bless you and your family Mrs. Duttera.. I'll never forget those times I saw you and your husband holding hands sitting together at Poplar Creek as you listened to music. A true testament to what marriage is all about!!

Rebecca Shibley Turpin

October 6, 2019

To the Family - As a nurse at West Georgia years ago, I was privileged to encounter Dr. Duttera in the clinical setting. Always so impressed with his professional manner and caring treatment. He took the time to teach and support both staff and patients. Again, with the passing years, a more personal encounter as he became the treating physician for my mother with her first battle with breast cancer, and 12 years later with recurrence. He made the difference in that journey - Anna Shibley trusted and was always at ease with his care, even when the news was not good. I'll never forget his taking the time to make a house call to check on her the evening before she died. Sharing our tiredness and our grief, letting my mother know he was proud of the strength and courage she had exhibited - those gifts made the journey bearable. Dr. Julian Duttera - well done, good and faithful servant!

FROM THE FAMILY