Fred Payne Sage, M.D. 1923-1999
S. T. C.

Dr. Fred Payne Sage died on March 20, 1999.

He was born in Drew, Mississippi, on December 13, 1923. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Mississippi State College in Starkville, but his undergraduate studies were interrupted by World War II. In 1943, at the age of twenty, he left college to join the United States Army Air Corps. For two years, he piloted a B-24, towing gliders and dropping Allied troops behind enemy lines. For his bravery and skill, he was awarded an Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters and an ETO Campaign medal with nine Battle Stars. In 1945, he returned to Mississippi State, where he served as student-body president. After completing his college education, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he obtained his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He then returned to his hometown of Drew and hung out his shingle as a general practitioner. In 1952, he decided to further his education in orthopaedic surgery; four years later, he graduated from the Campbell Foundation-University of Tennessee Orthopaedic Surgery residency program and …


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