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Beloved local doctor passes away

Published 7:58pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beloved Dadeville physician Dr. Alan Jerry Swindall passed away Monday at the age of 82.

Swindall practiced medicine for more than 50 years in Dadeville. His protege, Dr. Robert Schuster, said he was “one of the true old-timey general practitioners.”

“He did it all, delivered babies, took out gall bladders,” Schuster said. “(Dr. Swindall) did everything from the cradle to the grave and got to know his patients very well.”

Swindall will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. today at New Covenant Church in Dadeville. Burial will follow at Brownville Cemetery in his native town of Goodwater.

Swindall was “the face of the medical community here for 50 years,” said Schuster, who joined Swindall’s practice at Lake Martin Family Healthcare in 1993.

“One thing I learned from him is, if a patient stops you, no matter where you are, if they have a question you need to answer it,” Schuster said. “He’d give prescriptions on napkins or a scrap of paper for antibiotics of whatever they needed.”

Patty Kerr, who was office manager at Lake Martin Family Healthcare for the last six years, said Swindall was still seeing around 15 patients a day up until last week.

“He never gave up,” she said.

The American Medical Association honored Swindall for 50 years of medical practice.

Schuster said there were a few times when Dr. Swindall literally kept the doors open at Lake Martin Community Hospital.

Twice, he said, Swindall even took over day to day operations to maintain  Dadeville’s local medical center.

Kerr also noted that, despite Swindall’s “old-timey” reputation, he was very quick to adopt electronic record-keeping.

“That’s something I saw him accomplish that’s hard even for younger doctors to do,” she said. “He was determined to make sure it was accomplished one way or another.”

She said the community has been very kind reaching out to the Swindall’s staff and colleagues.

“So many other business owners, patients and residents have called to say we were in their prayers, asking if they could make donations to his favorite charities,” she said.