Obituary of Gloria Graham (1935 – 2021) – Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina


Gloria graham
March 3, 1935 – September 30, 2021
Pine Knoll Shores, NC – Dr Gloria Graham, 86, of Pine Knoll Shores, passed away peacefully at her home on September 30, 2021.
A celebration of her life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at All Saints Anglican Church, 292 McCabe Road in Newport, North Carolina. A live broadcast of the service will be available on
Gloria was born in 1935 to Dr. James Meigs Flippin and Ida Mae Flippin of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina. Growing up on Pilot Mountain, she played piano, clarinet, and studied ballet during her high school years. She also had the unique perspective of seeing her father, a country doctor, and her mother, her nurse, caring for thousands of patients at their homes and when she traveled with them on home visits. His father, born in 1863, continued to practice medicine until his death in 1961 at the age of 97.
In 1957, Gloria graduated from Wake Forest College Magna Cum Laude. During her interview for Bowman Gray Medical School, now Wake Forest School of Medicine, she was asked why she wanted to get into medicine. Since her grandfather, father and half-brother were all doctors, she replied, “Well, if I’m not doing medicine I’m going to have to figure out how to get out of it. She received her MD from Bowman Gray in 1961 as one of six women in her class. In 1962, she interned at Vanderbilt University as the only female intern at the hospital, then began her residency at the University of Virginia.
In 1958, Gloria Flippin married Douglas Graham after they met as students at Wake Forest College. In the mid-1960s, they moved to Wilson, North Carolina and opened the Wilson Dermatology Clinic in 1966. Two years later, they welcomed their only child, Wayne Meigs Graham. She married a second time in 1989 to Dr James Graham, a dermatopathologist. Doctors Graham moved to Pine Knoll Shores in the mid-1990s where they practiced medicine together until his death in 2012.
Gloria co-founded the Country Doctor Museum at Bailey NC in 1967. She has worked tirelessly to bring together a historically significant collection of materials used in the practice of rural physicians. It is considered the oldest museum in the United States devoted to the history of American rural health workers like his grandfather and father.
Early in her career, she began to take a particular interest in cryosurgery and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers in this field. She has lectured on the subject in countries around the world. She was one of the founders of the American College of Cryosurgery and was vice-president of the International Society of Cryosurgery. She has written over 100 publications and two books on cryosurgery. In addition to being a faculty member at Wake Forest Hospital, she has also been a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and Duke University. She has held over 100 professional positions and, in 1973, was part of a group of women who created the Women’s Dermatological Society. She has served on the Board of Trustees and Visitors Council of Wake Forest University and the Board of Wake Forest Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Graham has received numerous honors and awards, including the Rose Hirschler Prize from the Women’s Dermatological Society in 2001 and the Everett C. Fox MD Prize, Memorial Lectureship Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003. In 2007, she was awarded the received the Distinguished Achievement. Wake Forest School of Medicine Award. Perhaps one of the biggest accolades came in 2015 when she was named Doctor of the Year in North Carolina.
Gloria has lived a rich and beautiful life. She loved her family, friends and the thousands of patients she was fortunate enough to care for in eastern North Carolina. Her greatest joy was her relationship with Jesus Christ, which continued to deepen over the years. She passed knowing that she would spend eternity with Him and those close to her who came before her.
She is survived by her son Wayne Meigs Graham, her fiancé Michele; grandson, Matthew Coleman Graham and granddaughter, Margaret Elizabeth Graham; stepchildren, James Herbert Graham Jr. and his wife Susan, John August Graham and his wife Cathy, and Angela Joann Woodworth and her husband Bill; step-grandchildren Grayson Howell, John Howell, Scott Graham, Laura Felix (Michael), Kendall Guzman (Alfonso), Michael Graham, Amber Giles (Mitchell), Sarah Parker (Tyler), Angela Graham, Deana Rosaia (Danny) and Luiken Woodworth (Danielle); and step-great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Lachlan, Mia, Santino, Avelina, Jouquin, Alejandro, Finley, Jonah, James, Lydia, August, Enzo and Adelina.
She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Flippin; and his parents, Dr James Meigs Flippin and Ida Mae Flippin.
The family would like to especially thank their friend and personal physician, Dr. Mary Katherine Lawrence. Staff from Carteret Health Care, Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Hospital and SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House. Dr. Margaret Merrick, Jennifer Stephenson, her palliative care nurse Natalie Kennedy and caregivers Matilda Milburn-Jones, Letricia Harris and Dianna Godette. Special thanks to his church family at All Saints Anglican headed by Reverend David Linka.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in her honor at All Saints Anglican Church 292 McCabe Road, Newport NC 28570 or online at Condolences and respects of life can be sent to the family at or by mail to Wayne Graham 106 Cypress Drive, PKS NC 28512 or by email at [email protected]
Condolences and respects of life can be sent to the family at
Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, North Carolina.

Published by The News & Observer on October 7, 2021.


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