Gilbert F. Douglas II

Gilbert was Treasurer of the Clan Douglas Society of North America.

Gilbert Franklin Douglas, Jr., M.D., F.S.A (SCOT) was born May 7, 1916, in Meridian, Mississippi, the son of the late Gilbert F. Douglas, Sr. and the late Mary Rachel Griffin Douglas. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1936 and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1940, and did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Hilima Hospital in Birmingham. Answering his country's call, Dr. Douglas joined the United States Navy Medical Corps. After serving in a hospital and a minesweeper squadron, his final tour
of duty was spent aboard the USS Columbus (CA74) in the Pacific Theater. Sarah Amanda Phillips and Dr. Douglas were married in 1946. He spent two years in Boston, MA as a research fellow and medical resident at the Joseph Pratt Diagnostic Hospital. Dr. Douglas practiced internal medicine in Birmingham and Vestavia Hills for over 50 years. He served on the medical staffs of South Highland (now Health South), Brookwood Medical Center, and UAB.
Dr. Douglas was a man who loved God, family and country and was instrumental in establishing Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (where he served as an elder), Christian Heritage School, and Heritage Academy in Vestavia Hills. Dr. Gilbert co-founded the Clan Douglas Society of North America, serving as Secretary and Archivist for 20 years; he was also active with the St. Andrew's Society of the Middle South, the Caledonian Society of Alabama, and Heritage Pipes and Drums (he played the snare drum). In recognition of his contributions in preserving Scottish heritage, he was honoured with the title of Fellow of Scottish Antiquaries.

Dr. Douglas was a true American patriot who sought to restore America to her Christian foundation. He was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police and founded the Support Your Local Police Committee of Birmingham. He was a member of the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge and received the organization's Congress of Freedom Award in 1970. Dr. Douglas earned his Eagle Rank in 1934 and established Boy Scout Troop l05. He helped found the Heart of Dixie Railway Historical Society.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sarah Amanda Phillips Douglas; two sons, Gilbert Franklin Douglas, III (Cynthia), Herbert Wesley Douglas (Flora "Tad"); four daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Douglas Martin (Daniel), Mary Amanda Douglas Owings, Alma Helen Douglas Gaudette (Peter), Dorothy Frances Douglas Taft (James).
He is survived by nineteen grandchildren: Paul Joseph Owings, Rachel Elizabeth Owings, Wesley Crosby Douglas, Gilbert Franklin Douglas, IV, Sarah Amanda Martin, Phillip Edwin Douglas, Douglas Colwell Owings, James Dennis Nettles Douglas, William Gray Douglas, Robert Daniel Martin, Rosemary Amanda Douglas, Douglas Lamon Martin, John Herbert Cornelius Douglas, Daniel Carmichael Douglas, Heather Elizabeth Martin, Samuel Lessley Ardis Douglas, Laura Elizabeth Douglas, Stephen James Gaudette and Andrew Winston
One great granddaughter, Taylor Nicole Owings.  (Now 9? - May 2016)
Dr. Douglas is also survived by  two sisters, Lillian Douglas Berg and Sarah Frances Douglas, and two brothers, George Capers Douglas and William Wesley Douglas.
Dr. Douglas was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father at 4 PM, February 28,2002. Contributions in his memory will be graciously accepted by: Reformed Heritage Presbyterian, 1401 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216; or Scholarship Fund, Clan Douglas Society of N. A., Suite 209, 701 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.



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