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Phillip Reeves (Phil) Aaron, M.D. 70, Adair Co., KY (1945-2016)

His life profoundly impacted medical care delivery in Adair County. His scope of knowledge of health care was enhanced by a broad education, with degrees from Lindsey Wilson College and Centre College, a Medical Degree from the University of Louisvillle, a Masters in Public Health from Yale University, and a law degree from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. With the help of his father, the late Dr. Oris Aaron, he ushered in the era of Primary Care Centers in South Central Kentucky. He was active in politics, and was on a first name basis with many of America's most powerful leaders; he was on the staffs of US Congressman Tim Lee Carter, US Senator Marlow Cook and John Sherman Cooper in their Washington offices, and treasured his longstanding friendship with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell. He was widely published, not only in the field of health, and made presentations in 12 different states. Dr. Aaron was an active member of the Columbia Baptist Church and was known everywhere as a doctor with great compassion for his patients and never turning a sick person away... even if there was no money for payment.
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Phillip Reeves "Phil" Aaron M.D., 70 of Columbia, KY passed away Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:36pmET, at the Kindred Hospital in Louisville, KY after several month's illness.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11amCT, at the Columbia Baptist Church, 201 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. Public visiting and receiving friends by the family will be from 2pmCT until 9pmCT, Friday, at Columbia Baptist Church, 201 Greenburg Street, Columbia, KY. At the request of Dr. Phil Aaron his remains were cremated and scattered according to his wishes. Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Phillip Reeves "Phil" Aaron M.D. 70, Adair County, KY (1945-2016)


He was born September 10, 1945 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY.

He was preceded in death by one brother Dr. Steve Aaron. After attending Lindsey Wilson College in 1970, Dr. Aaron went on to earn an AB degree from Centre College, a bachelor of science degree from Campbellsville University; a master of Arts degree in American history from University of Kentucky; a law degree from the University of Louisville School Brandeis School of Law; and a masters degree in public health from Yale University.

Dr. Aaron completed residency training at the Trover Clinic-Hopkins County Hospital in Madisonville, KY, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stamford, CT, the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Aaron was a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and a member of the Kentucky Medical Association, Adair County Medical Society and the American College of Preventative Medicine. He served as a director of the Lake Cumberland Health Department and served as director of the Dr. Phil Aaron Medical Center in Columbia, KY for several years.

Dr. Aaron was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Abraham Flexner Ward and the Tim Lee Carter Award from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The National Rural Health Association recognized Dr. Aaron's practice the "Outstanding Rural Medical Practice in America", and he received the Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Phil Aaron's early employment included being a staff member for US Congressman Tim Lee Carter, US Senator Marlow Cook and John Sherman Cooper in their Washington offices.

He gave medical presentations in 12 different States and wrote articles that appeared in 27 publications. He also published an article in the Courier -Journal on the American Chestnut tree of which he had a great interest.

Dr. Aaron was an active member of the Columbia Baptist Church and was known everywhere as a doctor with great compassion for his patients and never turning a sick person away... even if there was no money for payment.

Survivors include:
  • His daughter: Sarah Aaron-Bromley of Milford, CT

  • Two sons: Trent Aaron of San Pedro, CA; and Blake Kennedy Aaron of Lexington, KY

  • Two grandchildren: Emma Jane and Aaron Rayford Bromley

  • Two sisters: Jane Aaron of Lexington, KY and Susan Remick of Chicago.

  • Several other cousins and a host of friends
Send condolences to the family of Phillips "Phil" Reeves Aaron, M.D.

Expressions of sympathy to Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728 or Columbia Baptist Church 201 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728.

Stotts-Phelps- McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY in charge of services for Dr. Phil Aaron.

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Remembering Dr. Phil Aaron -- Jessie's little boy



2016-08-12 - Photo from family collection.
Dr. Phil Aaron was Jessie and Oris Aaron's second of four children. At right Jessie poses by the sign for the Kentucky community that shares her son's name.

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