Alabama Family Physicians Academy President Dies

TUSCALOOSA, AL — Dr. Jimmie Denise Clark, the first black president of Alabama's chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, died at her home in Tuscaloosa. She was 39.

Clark, who had suffered from cancer, died Thursday.

She had a medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine and finished her family medicine residency training at the Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency Program. She was active in the Gov.'s Black Belt Action Commission and the Emergency Response Commission on the Health Care Crisis in Alabama.

"Dr. Clark was one of those rare people who took the time to get involved, whether it was in the lives of her patients, taking time away from her practice to serve on advisory boards or going the extra mile for a friend," Holley Midgley, executive vice president of the state academy, said. "Alabama has lost a person who always made a difference in everything she did. She is simply irreplaceable.

Services will be held Tuesday at Bailey Tabernacle in Tuscaloosa.

Clark is survived by her husband, Curtis Travis, and children Ava and Justin.

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