WITH CONNALLY’S DEATH, AN ABILENE LEGEND IS LOST

Editor’s Note: Loretta Fulton’s biography, “Virginia Connally, M.D.: Trailblazing Physician, Woman of Faith,” is available at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St., Abilene, or by contacting Loretta Fulton, editor@spiritofabilene.com

Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally, Abilene’s first female physician, died at 7:34 a.m. Sunday, March 31.

A grandson, Sid Roberts, texted that Connally had died in an inpatient hospice center in Waco. Since October 2018, Connally had lived at Stoney Brook of Hewitt, a retirement facility near Waco, where her daughter, Genna, lives. Connally was 106. She opened her office in Abilene in September 1940.

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Virginia Connally

Born Ada Virginia Hawkins in Temple Dec. 4, 1912, she enrolled in Hardin-Simmons University as a sophomore in 1930. After graduating in June 1933 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and education, she married Fred Boyd that September. Both enrolled in the LSU School of Medicine that September. Virginia earned a bachelor’s degree in medicine in 1937.

Connally served an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and earned a doctor of medicine in 1938. After serving a residency at Charity Hospital, she returned to Abilene to open her office in the Mims Building.

Read Loretta Fulton‘s complete story in the Reporter-News.

 

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