2005 April 12: Sterling Edgar Walton: Old-fashioned doctor who spent time with patients

Sterling Edgar Walton: Old-fashioned doctor who spent time with
02:42 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 12, 2005

By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News

Dr. Sterling Edgar Walton was known for the time he spent with his
patients. After he took a leave of absence from his North Dallas
general practice in December to battle Lyme disease, many of them wrote
wanting to know when he would return.

Dr. Walton, 57, died Friday of complications of Lyme disease at his
Dallas home.

A memorial will be at 1 p.m. today at Park Cities Presbyterian Church,
4124 Oak Lawn Ave. He was buried in Capital Memorial Gardens in Austin.

"He was your old-fashioned doctor who spent time with patients," said
his wife, Becky Walton of Dallas. "He was your family doctor."

Dr. Walton had a passion for medicine and never intended to retire, his
wife said.

"People view him as a very humble, understated person, but he was a
perfectionist," Mrs. Walton said.

Born in San Antonio, Dr. Walton was named for his uncle, Dr. Edgar
Dunstan, an internist who was named superintendent of Parkland Hospital
in 1937. Dr. Dunstan was a mentor and role model for his nephew.

Dr. Walton grew up in an Army family, traveling the globe when his
father was transferred. He graduated from Radford High School in
Honolulu, where he was valedictorian.

He received his bachelor's degree from Rice University, where he was in
the marching band. He received his medical degree from what is now the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in May 1973.
He was an intern at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Walton's career included all aspects of family practice. He even
delivered babies early in his career, his wife said.

He began his professional career practicing at Baylor University
Medical Center before moving to Medical City Dallas about 15 years ago,
his wife said.

Dr. Walton was past president of the Dallas Academy of Family Practice.

"He also had a lifelong love of music," his wife said. "He was an
accomplished pianist and had sung with choirs all over Dallas."

Dr. Walton was an active member of Park Cities Presbyterian Church,
where he sang in the choir. He was devoted to his church, gave
generously and welcomed missionaries into his home, his wife said.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Walton is survived by a daughter,
Elizabeth Campbell of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Linda Walton of
Dallas; a brother, Norman Walton of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Park Cities Presbyterian Church Choir.