Robert C. Little, M.D. '42

altRobert "Bob" Colby Little, M.D., Scientist, Physician, and Educator, entered the Chapter Eternal September 17, 2010. He was 90 and had lived in Evans, Georgia.

Dr. Little is survived by his wife, Claire Means Little; sons, William Little of Winston-Salem, NC and Edwin Little of Golden, CO; grandson, John C. (Gail) Little, granddaughter, Elizabeth Little (Michael) Glancy of Boston, MA; great granddaughter, Anna Little; sisters, Marjorie Oakman of Grosse Pointe, MI and Ellen Williamson of Kingston, TN; five nieces and four nephews.

Bob was born in Norwalk, OH in 1920, He was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School in Grosse Pointe, MI and Denison University. He received a Master's Degree in Physiology and his M.D. from Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

After additional clinical and research training, Bob served a number of academic and research facilities before joining the Ohio State University as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology. In 1973, he joined the faculty of The Medical College of Georgia as Professor of both Physiology and Medicine, and he served as Chairman of Physiology. At MCG, the students selected him for teaching awards in 1979, 1980, and 1982 and The School of Medicine named him as the Outstanding Faculty Member for the 1985-1986 academic year. He retired in 1989 and was appointed Emeritus Professor.

Bob served as Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII. In addition to Sigma Chi, he was a member of The American Physiological Society, The American Medical Association,The Richmond County Medical Society, The Southern Society for Clinical Research, The American Heart Association, Sigma XI, Alpha Omega Alpha, and other groups. He authored over 100 scientific articles as well as several book chapters and research monographs. His textbook, "The Physiology of the Heart and Circulation" now in its 4th Edition is widely used by medical students in this country and abroad.

Dr. Little was a consultant to the Veteran's Administration, The National Institute of Health, The National Science Foundation and The Pharmaceutical Industry. He served on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Internal Medicine and reviewed articles for other medical and scientific journals and medical book publishers. He was listed in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in Medicine," and "Who's Who in the World."

Bob was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Augusta and served as an Elder. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909, The American Heart Association , 246 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907, or University Health Care Foundation, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901.

All honor to his name.
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