Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D., dedicated his entire professional life to improvements in the treatment of burn patients. He partnered with Doctors Hospital in Augusta to create the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, one of the world's leading treatment facilities for burn victims.
His care for patients, however, carried beyond hospital walls. Dr. Still also founded the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to helping burn patients and their families with non-medical necessities. The Foundation operates the Shirley Badke Retreat, a place for people to stay while their family members are in the burn center.
Leadership was a way of life for Dr. Still. At 13, he became an Eagle Scout, and numerous honors and achievements led to his nomination as one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America." A Charlotte, N.C., native, Dr. Still attended Shorter College in Rome, Ga., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1965 and completed his residencies at Duke University in 1973. Education was important to Dr. Still; he not only encouraged others to further their education, but financially supported their efforts as well.
Dr. Still was also dedicated to his family. He and Sue have 10 children and 26 grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling the world together, including taking annual trips with their children. They also shared a love for animals, and expressed that through the care of more than 1,000 exotic birds.
Dr. Still was a visionary, seeing the bigger picture that most could not see. Determined, generous, compassionate, hard-working, risk taking, problem-solving are adjectives that only begin to describe this friend and family man who affected the lives of thousands, and was loved by just as many.