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Leila Denmark
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Doctor
    (February 1, 1898-April 1, 2012)
    Born in Portal, Georgia
    Birth name was Leila Daughtry
    Pediatrician
    Co-developer of the vaccine for whooping cough
    Treated an estimated 250,000 patients over seven decades
    She originally trained as a teacher, but decided to go to med school when her fiancé, a State Department official, was posted to the Dutch East Indies and no wives were allowed.
    At her 100th and 103rd birthdays, she refused to eat cake because it contained sugar. (You've passed the century mark and it's only one day. Live it up a little!)
    She told reporters, 'If all you want to talk about is how old my office is and how old I am, then I don't want to talk to you.'
    She and John Denmark were married for 62 years until his death.
    She would see patients any time of day or night.
    She also volunteered at clinics treating the poor.
    She dispensed common sense advice to parents.
    She was the world's oldest practicing physician, finally retiring at age 103.
    She said, 'Doing what you don't like is work. Doing what you like is play. I have never worked a day in my life.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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