Hugh Alexan­der McAl­lis­ter, Jr. MD “Chip” May 26, 1939 - June 15, 2018

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries/news -

Hugh Alexan­der "Chip" McAl­lis­ter, Jr., 79, passed away in his home and went to be with his Lord on June 15th, in Hous­ton, Texas. He was pre­de­ceased by his fa­ther, Dr. Hugh Alexan­der McAl­lis­ter and his mother, He­len Louise Rinde McAl­lis­ter.

Chip was born at Wal­ter Reed Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton, DC and grew up in Lum­ber­ton, North Carolina. He re­ceived his un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion at Davidson Col­lege and re­ceived his med­i­cal de­gree with hon­ors from Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1966. Upon grad­u­a­tion, Chip joined the ArmyMed­i­cal Corps, com­pleted his res­i­dency at Wal­ter Reed ArmyMed­i­cal Cen­ter, and rose to the po­si­tion of Chair, Depart­ment of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Pathol­ogy at the Armed Forces In­sti­tute of Pathol­ogy, achiev­ing the rank of Colonel. Af­ter 22 years of US Army ser­vice, at Dr. Den­ton Coo­ley’s in­vi­ta­tion, he moved to Hous­ton, Texas, where he served as found­ing chair­man of the Depart­ment of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Pathol­ogy (Texas Heart In­sti­tute) and chief of the Depart­ment of Pathol­ogy (St. Luke’s Epis­co­pal Hos­pi­tal). In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the ex­ist­ing chair­men of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Surgery, Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Anes­the­si­ol­ogy, Car­di­ol­ogy, and Pe­di­atric Car­di­ol­ogy, he greatly strength­ened the re­search and ed­u­ca­tional struc­ture of the Texas Heart In­sti­tute. Work­ing in the area of heart trans­plan­ta­tion and re­jec­tion, Chip de­vel­oped a sys­tem for grad­ing car­diac al­lo­graft re­jec­tion, which ul­ti­mately be­came a model for the grad­ing scale adopted by the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Heart Trans­plan­ta­tion. He also held ap­point­ments as Clin­i­cal Pro­fes­sor of Pathol­ogy at Bay­lor Col­lege of Medicine and the Uni­ver­sity of Texas Med­i­cal School.

Dr. McAl­lis­ter re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards for his con­tri­bu­tions to car­dio­vas­cu­lar pathol­ogy, in­clud­ing the Casimir Funk Award, the Dis­tin­guished Achieve­ment Award from the So­ci­ety for Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Pathol­ogy and the Le­gion of Merit Award of the United States of Amer­ica. In the Armed Forces and in his sub­se­quent ca­reer, Dr. McAl­lis­ter was highly re­spected in car­dio­vas­cu­lar pathol­ogy, both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and his in­ter­ests spanned a wide spec­trum of car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions. He was a fre­quent au­thor of books and jour­nal ar­ti­cles and his ex­haus­tive at­las, Tu­mors of the Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Sys­tem (1978) - co-au­thored with Dr. John J. Fenoglio - stands to­day not only as a rec­og­nized clas­sic in med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture but as a work of en­dur­ing use­ful­ness.

Chip "re­tired" in 2000, de­vot­ing tremen­dous ef­fort to giv­ing back to the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina, where he es­tab­lished the UNCMcAl­lis­ter Heart In­sti­tute for re­search and clin­i­cal care. He also served as the pres­i­dent of the UNC Med­i­cal Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and was a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion of North Carolina and of the UNC Board of Vis­i­tors for which he re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Davie Award for his con­tri­bu­tions.

Chip had a deep love of South­west­ern art and his ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion has been gifted to the Ack­land Art Mu­seum at UNC. He also loved na­ture and the outdoors and served on the in­ter­na­tional board and co-chaired the Ma­rine Lead­er­ship Coun­cil of the World Wildlife Fund. He is listed as a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Mon­ter­rey Bay Aquar­ium. The Spirit Waves Foun­tain on the cam­pus of Davidson Col­lege en­sures the McAl­lis­ter legacy there.

Chip is sur­vived by his lov­ing chil­dren, Kim­ber­ley Us­rey (Marty) and Leigh McAl­lis­ter; his grand­chil­dren, Colin and Chase Us­rey; and his sis­ter Elise "Bitsy" Len­non (Fred), his niece, Pa­tri­cia Len­non Ni­co­las, and nephew, Daniel Alexan­der Len­non, and their fam­i­lies. He is also sur­vived by his first wife Bar­bara McAl­lis­ter and his close friends Carol and Richard Hutchens, as well as many friends in Texas, Cal­i­for­nia, and North Carolina.

Chip leaves be­hind his beloved cats, Hansel and Gre­tel, as well as his de­voted care­givers, Steve and Joy.

There will be a me­mo­rial ser­vice in Chapel Hill, NC at the Chapel of the Cross on July 12th, at 2 PM.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests do­na­tions be made in mem­ory of Hugh A. McAl­lis­ter, Jr. to ei­ther: (i) the World Wildlife Fund:­ or (ii) the UNCMcAl­lis­ter Heart In­sti­tute:­lis­terHeartIn­sti­tute.

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