MEMPHIS — Dr. Barry Elmo Gerald, of Memphis, passed away peacefully, at home surrounded by family, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. He was 85.
Barry was born Feb. 10, 1934, in Greenville, Mississippi, and grew up on a cotton farm outside of Leland and finished undergraduate and medical school at Ole Miss, where he also met his future wife, then Marjorie Brown. They wed Aug. 6, 1955, and spent 64 years together as his medical career took them from Mississippi to Houston, Cincinnati, Oakland, Little Rock, Boston, and eventually to Memphis.
Dr. Gerald served as the Chairman of the Radiology Department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis from 1980 to 1995 and again from 2004 to 2009. He was also Medical Director for Radiology at LeBonheur and St. Jude and Chief of Radiology at The Med.
Barry Gerald will be remembered as a good doctor, father and husband, as well as a positive influence on many careers and lives. But mainly folks will say he was just a really nice guy – the same nice guy at home, work or on the tennis court.
He is survived by his three children, Lucy Cook, Lee Gerald, and Paul Gerald; grandchildren, Rebecca Davis, David Cook, Jeff Cook, Jack Gerald, and Max Simpson; and great granddaughter, Josephine Davis.
Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave., with a church service to immediately follow. Lunch and reception at noon at Trezevant Manor, 177 N. Highland. In lieu of flowers, Barry requested memorial donations be made to Church Health of Memphis.