Dr. Francis Stanford Massie Sr.
1935 — 2014
MIDLOTHIAN, VIRGINIA — Dr. Francis Stanford Massie Sr., 79, of Midlothian, passed away June 26, 2014.
Dr. Massie was born and raised in Waynesville, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate, as well as for medical school. His pediatric internship was completed at Duke University. He trained in pediatrics and allergy at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, where he was a chief resident.
Dr. Massie served two years in the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. He was recruited to VCU/MCV, and from 1967 to 1977 he taught general pediatrics as a full-time academician. He developed the first board-approved training program in pediatric allergy in Virginia. In 1977, Dr. Massie went into private practice for allergy and was part-time director of the Newport News Family Practice Clinic in allergy. He was a clinical professor of pediatrics at MCV from 1983 to the present. He was a co-founder of the Virginia Allergy and Asthma Society and served as president twice. He served on many hospital and academic committees. He maintained a vibrant clinical practice for 37 years, first in solo practice, then for the last 12 years with Richmond Allergy & Asthma Specialists. He was passionate about caring for his patients and continued to see patients up until weeks before his death.
He also enjoyed gardening, music, playing piano, traveling and hiking with his children and grandchildren. Dr. Massie has two sons, F. Stanford Massie Jr., M.D., who graduated from MCV and is professor of internal medicine at the University of Alabama School Of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tristan S. Massie, who received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from MCV and works for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Maryland.
He is survived by his sons, Francis Stanford Massie Jr. (Nicole), Tristan Shaw Massie (Tammy); grandchildren, Francis Stanford Massie III, Harrison Austin Massie, Madeline Amelia Massie; his brother, Thomas Clement Massie (Nancy); and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville with the Rev. Sanford L. Giles officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Wells Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.