Portrait Honoring Dr. Russell C. McLucas Unveiled
Imogene McLucas, wife of the late Dr. Russell C. McLucas, and children Russell C. McLucas Jr. and Stephanie K. Crouse stand before a portrait of their husband and father moments after unveiling it Monday evening at Fulton County Medical Center. The 24-x-30-inch portrait was painted by local artist Anne Gobin and commissioned by the Medical Center to honor McLucas' many years of service to the hospital and the community. This year is the 10th anniversary of the death of McLucas, who began practicing medicine here in January 1953 and was still practicing when he died in December 1999. About 60 people, including hospital staff and McLucas family members, attended the unveiling, which took place in Remembrance Hall where the oil portrait will hang permanently. Both Medical Center CEO Jason Hawkins and Director of Emergency Services Dr. James Rintoul spoke briefly at the unveiling, Hawkins noting in particular McLucas' many years of service. Rintoul called McLucas' service "unparalleled" and said "nobody is more resp onsible for us being here (in the new hospital) than Dr. McLucas." The McLucas portrait joins two other portraits of deceased doctors who played important roles in the Medical Center's history and in providing healthcare to the citizens of Fulton County: Dr. Edgar H. MacKinlay and Dr. Gerald T. Lorentz. All three doctors were early supporters of the original medical center.