Ann Caldwell Gettes

Born: August 15, 1932 

Died: April 1, 2020 

Ann Caldwell Gettes was born on August 15, 1932 in West Palm Beach, FL She grew up moving around the country helping to build and manage a motel, flip houses, and grow flowers. She attended Florida Southern College and Tulane Medical School- one of only four women in her class. She met her husband, Leonard Gettes, in Vermont where they were both medical residents at Mary Fletcher Hospital, UVM. Following a rheumatology fellowship in Scotland and a two year stint in Newfoundland Canada, the young family settled in Lexington, KY where she worked as a physician at the UK student health center.

Ann had a lifelong passion for community service. After moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 1978, she found her life's work as a physician at the Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service, where she worked until her retirement in 2001. Her newfound passion was caring for her grandchildren, a task she relished with great joy.

Ann is survived by her husband Leonard, daughters Edith and Gretchen, and grandchildren Monica, Sophia, Hannah, and Zoe. She is preceded in death by daughter Susan.

Published in The News & Observer on April 5, 2020

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