Doctor to get 'roasted' at Albany Tech

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Technical College Foundation will hold a silent auction and "roast" of long-time Albany orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Gillespie Friday night at the Kirkland Conference Center.

The black-tie-optional gathering and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner and the roast will follow at 7 p.m.

Doug Lorber will be the master of ceremonies. The list of roasters include ATC President Dr. Anthony Parker, First Responder Director Charles Procter, Dr. Duncan Marsh, EMT Elaine Ellington, Dr. John Culbreath and George Chastain.

Dr. Gillispie was in practice with Albany Orthopedic Center from 1966 until retiring in 1997. In 1972, he was instrumental in the formation and later operation of Dougherty County's and the state of Georgia's EMS programs.

"When Jimmy Carter was running for governor, he asked me to help with his platform in regard to health care." Gillespie recalled. "I told him we needed to improve emergency services, especially in rural areas.

"A year after he won he called me to Atlanta and asked what I needed to get the EMS program started. I told him and he gave me a telephone credit card and said, 'Go for it.'"

Gillispie would go on later to write the internationally adopted "E.M.T. Oath" and "E.M.T. Prayer."

Tickets for the event are $50 per person or $500 per table of eight (includes sponsorship recognition). Reservations are required.

For more information, contact Albany Technical College at 229-430-6624.