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Virginia Read

August 20, 2012

Virginia Hall Read, 74, left us to be with our Lord Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson with senior associate pastor Rev. Vicki Landrum officiating.
Burial followed at Louin Cemetery in Louin.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 and 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at Christ United Methodist Church.
Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Virginia, the youngest child of Angus and Hassie Bowie Hall, grew up in rural Winston County, close to Louisville, and graduated from Louisville High School in 1955.

After attending the University of Mississippi, she matriculated to the University of Mississippi Medical Center to attend medical school. During her sophomore year she married a classmate, Dale G. Read. After completion of her sophomore year, she transferred to the graduate program in biochemistry at UMMC. She obtained a M.S. degree biochemistry in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1964. She was associated with the University Medical Center until her retirement in June 2000.

Her research focused on thyroid and adrenal biochemistry and physiology and was published in refereed scientific journals such as Endocrinology, Nature, Biochemical Pharmacology, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Hypertension. In addition to research and teaching students and residents, she was Director of Special Chemistry, Division of Clinical Pathology, in the Department of Pathology from 1979-2000.

Of all the positions she filled at UMMC, her most favorite was her work with the Medical School Admissions Committee. She was a committee member from 1986-1991 and was appointed chairman of this committee in 1991, serving as such until her retirement in 2000.

Virginia was a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1970 and found her work on church committees most satisfying. She served on the Administrative Board and was the first female chairman of the Administrative Board. She served two terms on the Staff Parish Relations Committee, chairing the committee for two years during each term. In addition, she served as Youth Coordinator and a member of the Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Christian Homebuilders Sunday School class, as well as a member of a small group since this program began at CUMC.

She considered her three children to be among her best achievements.

The oldest, Laurie, is a physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. She lives in Olive Branch with her husband Trev Sprabery, M.D., and two sons, Read and Nathan.

The middle child, Gil, an electrical engineer, lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Lynette, a sales manager for an office supply firm.

The youngest, Eva, is an architect who lives in Bryan, Texas with husband Robert Warden, Professor of Architecture at Texas A & M, and two daughters, Rachel and Lois.

Virginia and Dale have instilled in their children the love of God and the importance of family, an accomplishment beyond academic and professional achievements.

In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Dr. Read is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Roxene and Charles Atkinson of Starkville; brother-in-law, Don Read; sister-in-law, Kay Edwards and husband Ed Edwards; many nieces, nephews and close friends, too numerous to mention.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the University Medical Center and the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center for their excellent, compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Read’s memory may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6000 Old Church Road, Jackson, MS 39211; or the Louin Cemetery Endowment Fund at the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, P.O. Box 2415, Ridgeland, MS 39158.

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