Pattie Van Hook

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Pattie Jean Warren Van Hook, M.D.

(First woman president of the Louisiana State Medical Society)

Born October 23, 1927
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Died December 8, 1992 (aged 65)
Nashville, Tennessee

Resting place:
Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport

Spouse Robert Eugene Van Hook, D.D.S. (married 1952-1986, his death)

Two children:
Susan V. Williams, M.D.
James W. Van Hook, M.D.

Religion United Methodist

Pattie Jean Warren Van Hook (October 23, 1927 – December 8, 1992)[1] was a professor of family medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in her native Shreveport, Louisiana, and the first woman president of the Louisiana State Medical Society, concluding her term shortly before her sudden death in Nashville, Tennessee.[2]

Van Hook graduated from Clifton Ellis Byrd High School in Shreveport in 1945 and was admitted to the Byrd Hall of Fame. At the time of her death, she was associate professor of family medicine, assistant dean for student affairs and director of the occupational health clinic at the LSU Medical School in Shreveport. She was locally known for her earlier work at the Caddo Parish/Shreveport Health Department. She was a former associate medical director for American Telephone and Telegraph in Shreveport. Her expertise reached into some half-dozen areas: medical education, public health, minority-group health care, drug abuse intervention, occupational medicine, and awareness of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.[2]

Dr. Van Hook was ecumenical in her faith. Though a member of the Noel Memorial United Methodist Church in Shreveport, she taught a Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church, once pastored by the legendary Monroe Dodd. In 1989, she received the "Brotherhood and Humanity Award" from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Her memorial services at the Noel Methodist Church were conducted by clergy from Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish faiths.[2]

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Van Hook, D.D.S. (1929-1986). Survivors included her daughter and son-in-law, the physicians Susan V. Williams (born 1953) and R. Bruce Williams of Shreveport; her son and daughter-in-law, physicians James W. Van Hook (born 1957) and Catherine L. Van Hook of Harrisburg, Illinois, and three grandchildren. She is interred in the section "Daughters of the Cross" at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.[2]

Dr. Van Hook's papers are in the archives of Louisiana State University in Shreveport.


  1. Pattie Warren Van Hook. Retrieved on April 3, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pattie Van Hook obituary, The Shreveport Times, December 10, 1992, p. 16A.