After a long illness, Dr. John Mitchell Sorrow, Jr., 93, died peacefully at UniHealth of Durham. Dr. Sorrow was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1943 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Alpha Chi Sigma Honorary Societies. He completed his first two years of medical school at UNC (then a two year school) and his M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946 where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. After his internship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital he served as Lt. (jg), M.C. USNR, U.S. Navy and then Commander, M.C. USNR, U.S. Navy. Dr. Sorrow was the first Chief Resident in Medicine at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital. After a Fellowship in Cardiology at UNC, he joined the faculty as an Instructor in 1954, and over the years rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine in Cardiology. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. He became Associate Dean of Student Affairs in 1970 where he served until his retirement.
Dr. Sorrow was predeceased by his parents and his close friend Dr. William D. Huffines. He is survived by his good friends Henrietta Huffines of Chapel Hill, Dr. and Mrs. George Summer of Chapel Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Dewey D. Dorsett of Charlotte as well as his many devoted caregivers at Home Instead and UniCare.
Condolences may be directed to his friend and long time physician Dr. William J. Yount (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interment is by The Cremation Society of North Carolina. Memorials may be directed to The Medical Foundation of North Carolina.
A memorial service will be held in Chapel Hill at University Baptist Church on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Dr. Mitchell Simpson officiating.
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