Woman who became world's oldest doctor dies at 114

ATLANTA (AP) -- Family members say Dr. Leila Denmark, who was the world's oldest practicing physician when she retired at age 103, has died in Georgia. She was 114.

Denmark died Sunday in Athens. A funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Athens.

Her grandson, Steven Hutcherson of Atlanta, says she became the first resident of Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children when it opened in Atlanta in 1928. She also admitted the first patient at the hospital, now part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Denmark began her pediatrics practice in her home in Atlanta in 1931 and continued until her retirement in 2001.

Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records, said Denmark was the world's fourth-oldest living person when she died.


teelee 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow! Hats off to her! I love reading stories like this, what a role model she should be for all of us. Rest in peace you have earned it.


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