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Llewellyn Winn "Lew" Stringer, Jr MD
05/26/1939 - 05/16/2023
Llewellyn Winn Stringer, Jr. MD died May 16, 2023.
He was born on May 26, 1939, in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Llewellyn Winn Stringer, an ABC Agent, high school coach football coach and Southern Conference football referee and Margaret Hayden Stringer, the personal secretary to the Chairman of the 5 th District Branch of the Federal Reserve, Richmond. He attended Hermitage High School and was in the first graduation class from Douglas Freeman High School. From the time he was a small boy he showed an interest in medicine, mending the wing of an injured bird to volunteering for the Lakeside Rescue team to working for Allied Ambulance Service and the Medical College of Virginia hospital as an orthopedic tech during college. He was an Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Richmond where he was a student athletic trainer. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, School of Medicine class of 1966. In 2016 he was elected to the MCV chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine leadership fraternity. After reserve duty with the Navy during medical school, internship, and residency he served on Active Duty at Portsmouth Naval Hospital during the Viet Nam War. He settled in Winston-Salem practicing for 35 years, first on the faculty of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University and later Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Medical Director of ICU and Respiratory Therapy and his private respiratory practice. As an adjunct professor, for years, he instructed medical students and residents in Emergency Medicine. He served Forsyth County, North Carolina as a Medical Examiner and Medical Advisor to the Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years teaching the early classes for EMT and Paramedics as well as responding to accidents within the county and state and received the John Burwell Excellence in EMS. As an early advocate for pre-hospital medical treatment, in 1987 he formed the disaster team, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and with his wife Jane, formed and directed the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NC-1 DMAT) and National Medical Response Team (NMRT-East) hazmat group. He developed the concept of the North Carolina State Special Medical Assistance Teams (SMAT). He responded to disasters in the United States and their protectants as a reservist
Captain in the Commissioned Corp US Public Health. He worked as Medical Advisor to North Carolina Emergency Management in Raleigh. After 9/11, Dr Stringer served during the George W. Bush Administration as Senior Medial Advisor to the newly designed Department of Homeland Security, FEMA division. He designed the federal program, Mobile Disaster Hospital (MDH) and continued to direct the project when it moved from Washington to North Carolina until he retired in 2017. Drexdal Pratt, Office of Emergency Medical Services presented Dr Stringer with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from NC Governor Pat McCrory. In retirement, he helped Brunswick County Sheriff and Mecklenburg County Virginia Emergency Management teaching classing and developing operational plans, serving on the board of the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council, and was a member of the Lake Gaston Association, Public Safety Committee. He enjoyed his association with the South Hill Rotary Club and was named the Rotarian of the Year in 2002.
He is survived by his wife Jane Owen Stringer, son Llewellyn Winn Stringer, III and wife Kara who live in Park City, Utah; grandchildren, Llewellyn Winn Stringer, IV of Salt Lake City, UT and Kegan Dawn Stringer of San Diego, California. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to South Hill Volunteer Fire Dept., 114 N. Brunswick Avenue, South Hill, VA 23970, or a charity of your choice.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 19 at their home in Bracey, Virginia. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 pm, Saturday, May 20 at High Hills Cemetery, 215 S Halifax Road, Jarratt, Virginia. The family will meet with friends after the service in the Sharon Room at High Hills Baptist Church. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home, 1504 N. Mecklenburg Ave, South Hill VA. is in charge of arrangements Online condolences may be made through our website, www.crowderhitecrews.com. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Stringer family with the help of Owen Funeral Home in Jarrett, Va. with the graveside service.
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