Albert Farmer Aiken ’56

Dr. Albert Farmer Aiken, 81, of Summerville, South Carolina, husband of Mary Ruth Lesesne Aiken died Monday, May 9, 2016.

His Funeral Service will be held Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street at 3:00 pm. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 pm until time of service in the church fellowship hall.

Albert was born May 22, 1934 in Greenville, South Carolina, son of the late Hugh Kerr Aiken and the late Alberta Corinne Farmer Aiken. He attended Greenville schools and was graduated from Davidson College in 1956.

He served in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a 1963 graduate of MUSC. In the late 1960’s he started his practice of neurology in Charleston and worked at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC and President of the staff at St. Francis Xavier Hospital.

He was President of Charleston County Medical Society from 1979-1980 and President of South Carolina Neurological Association. Albert was a member of the AMA, SC Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Academy of Neurology.

In retirement he was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Dr. Aiken was a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder. For over 50 years, Dr. Aiken was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America serving as troop leader, troop committee member and cub master. He was an Eagle Scout and also earned The Silver Beaver Award. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Lesesne Aiken of Summerville, SC; daughter, Ruth Aiken Owens (Tim) of Summerville, SC; two sons, Arthur Kerr Aiken (Bea Hightower) of Columbia, SC and Albert Farmer Aiken, Jr. (Donlyn) of Spartanburg, SC; former daughter-in-law, Dr. Jill Cater Aiken (Michael Smith) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; eight grandchildren; brother Hugh Kerr Aiken (Clairene) of Greenville, SC.

He was preceded in death by his son Dr. Hugh Thames Aiken and a granddaughter, Allyn Fox Aiken.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1025 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407.


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