Dr. Burgin E. Dossett, Jr., age 82, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Johnson City.
A founder of Johnson City Internal Medicine Associates, Dr. Dossett practiced medicine in Johnson City for over 50 years and was still active in the practice at the time of his death.
He was born in Knoxville on September 15, 1930, and was graduated from West End High School, Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Upon completion of medical school, he joined the armed forces and commenced his medical internship at Brook Army Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, followed by an assignment to Germany. For his military service both domestically and abroad, he received a bronze star from the Army in 1962.
Dr. Dossett returned to the U.S. in 1957 for his residency in internal medicine at Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Kentucky, and in 1960 began his professional practice in Johnson City. Dr. Dossett was a Colonel in the US Army Reserve, where he last served as Deputy Commander of the 322nd Medical Brigade of Nashville and Commander of the 912 Combat Support Hospital of Johnson City. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq in late 1990 with Operation Desert Storm.
Academic and Professional appointments include Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine; Chairman of the Board of North Side Hospital; Member, Governor’s TennCare Round Table; and Chairman of Medical Excellence Committee at Northeast TN Rehabilitation Hospital, an association that spanned 43 years. In addition, Dr. Dossett acted as a medical advisor for both the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration; and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Tennessee. He served as Medical Director of Tennessee Caris since 2010.
One of Dr. Dossett’s greatest joys was service to the ETSU community as medical director of the student health clinic and team physician for the football program. A great supporter of the university, he was a distinguished member, President’s Club, since 1960; ETSU Century Club; Pirate Club Athletic Academic Excellence; President’s Trust of the ETSU Foundation and Honorary Alumnus, ETSU National Alumni Association.
Dr. Dossett was preceded in death by his parents, Burgin E. Dossett Sr. and Nell Elizabeth Jennings Dossett.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Valerie Jordan Dossett; two daughters, Harriet Kane Dossett Slavens and husband, Patrick, of Los Angeles, CA, Hunter Dossett-Hickie and husband, Michael, of Johnson City; two sons, Burgin E. Dossett III and wife, Laura, Nashville, and Patrick Kane Dossett and wife, Heather, of Dallas, TX; two stepsons, James W. Hall Jr., Atlanta, and Christopher C. Hall and wife, Jane, of Franklin. Grandchildren include Raven, Jordon and Carly Hall, Sarah and Michael Hickie Jr., Burgin IV, William, Elizabeth and Olivia Dossett, and Kane, Taylor and Hunter Dossett. He is also survived by three sisters, Julie Webb, Knoxville, Genie Matthews, of Somerville, and Ann Blevins, Franklin; and one brother, Thomas Dossett, of Kingsport; along with several nieces and nephews.
The family will greet guests from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, March 18, 2013, at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, TN. Bishop Richard Looney and Reverend Margaret K. Zeller will officiate.
A military committal service will follow at Monte Vista Memorial Park, Johnson City, TN. Active pallbearers will be Burgin Dossett III; Kane Dossett, Mike Hickie, James Hall, Christopher Hall, Michael Hickie Jr., Burgin Dossett IV, Will Dossett. Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Blankenship, Paul Brown, Gary Burleson, Harold Burnette, Emmitt Essin, David Freemon, E.C. Goulding, Frank Johnson, Jim Olinger, Bob Pakrul, Mike Spady, Jerry Wilson, and the late Ira “Strawberry” Daniels.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the ETSU Foundation, P.O. Box 70712, Johnson City, TN 37614.
Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is serving the family.