Jack Wylan Rhodes of Folly Beach, previously of Summerville, a longtime local pediatrician and former chairman of the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina, died Tuesday. He was 91.
Rhodes was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Estill, son of William L. Rhodes and Gussie Worley Rhodes.
He enrolled at The Citadel at age 16 and the Medical College of South Carolina at 18, graduating from medical school at age 21. Rhodes was a medical officer stationed at the Naval recruiting station in Columbia when he married Dorothy Elizabeth McLeod in 1949.
The Navy veteran also served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He co-founded Parkwood Pediatric Group and practiced for four decades. His son, Malcolm Rhodes, continues to practice there, with locations in West Ashley and on Daniel Island. Rhodes also was a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, with additional leadership roles with Roper Hospital and St. Francis Xavier Hospital (now Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital).
In 1953, Rhodes was elected president of the Summerville chapter of the American Red Cross, where he had previously instructed certification courses in first aid. In 1959, Rhodes was elected fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and continued his work with the organization for many years, including service as president of the South Carolina chapter, further continuing his dedication to the improvement of children's health and welfare.
The Presbyterian Home of South Carolina built its first Summerville unit for the elderly in 1958, now known as The Village at Summerville, and as the Presbytery laymen chairman in 1974, Rhodes was part of a statewide campaign to build a unit in Clinton, which still exists today. He served as board chairman with the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina from 1983-1986. In a letter to the editor about Rhodes' retirement in 1991, which included 19 years on the board in some position, Charles R. Tapp, president emeritus of the organization, called him a credit to his profession and thanked him for his "ministry of compassion."
Rhodes is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter Annie Rhodes Lee (Stuart); sons William M. Rhodes (Dee) and Malcolm M. Rhodes (Caroline); five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A graveside service will be held at St. Paul's Parish Cemetery in Hollywood at 10 a.m. Saturday and visitors can meet with the family from noon-1 p.m. at James A. McAlister Funeral Home in Charleston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MUSC's Children's Hospital Fund or the Roper St. Francis Foundation.