D. Vertrees Hollingsworth
D. Vertrees Hollingsworth, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Southern Pines, with a reception to follow. There will be a gathering in honor of Dr. Hollingsworth’s life in Georgetown, Ky., at a later date.
He lived a fortunate life, doing things for which he was reasonably prepared and appreciated, thereby gaining a wonderful family, a happy and adventuresome life, and genuine pleasure in every day granted him.
He grew up on a Kentucky horse farm near Lexington during World War II and learned the value of hard work and how to ride thoroughbreds. He was the last of five children of a playwright and an engineer, and so learned early on to love both sciences and the arts.
He was graduated from Yale University with a degree in American Studies, from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as a doctor of medicine, and completed an internship at Receiving Hospital in Detroit. During that era he met and married the love of his life, Alice Elizabeth Broadbent, with whom he begat four delightful children.
Dr. Hollingsworth served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in the medical corps for two years in the Vietnam era, followed by a resignation of his Reserve commission and an entry into the private practice of family medicine on the same day Medicare took effect: Aug. 1, 1966. After 14 years of care for rural patients (“the skin and its contents”), he took his wife and three of his children off to serve his country (to teach, to travel, and to have some time off) as a Naval officer, first teaching young physician graduates the specialty of family medicine, then medical students at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for nine years.
Dr. Hollingsworth was graduated from the Naval War College and Salve Regina University with a master’s degree in management and went on to serve as commanding officer at three Naval medical treatment facilities.
In 1998, he and his wife retired to Pinehurst, where he spent seven years as a family physician at Fort Bragg and as an emergency physician in Laurinburg. He was active in his church, Brownson Memorial Presbyterian, in Southern Pines, and joined his musical wife in several community chorus efforts in every community in which they lived. He was an amateur actor in numerous productions for more than 60 years.
He was predeceased by the sad loss of a beloved granddaughter (10-year-old Liza Hollingsworth). He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice B. Hollingsworth; and four children, Eben L. Hollingsworth and family, of Georgetown, Ky., Sophia G. Hollingsworth, of Charlotte, Dunn D. Hollingsworth and family, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and E. Piel Hollingsworth and family, of Milton, Mass.; five grandchildren, Eleanor, Caroline and Jordan Hollingsworth, and Maxwell and Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays.
“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.”
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Plowshares Institute, P.O. Box 243, or 809 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneral home.com. Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is assisting the family.