Photo from www.drleiladenmark.com
Forsyth County Schools is excited to honor the life of Dr. Leila Denmark with the naming of the county's sixth traditional high school. Many of Forsyth County's residents have fond memories of being patients or taking their children to Dr. Denmark.
The best source for information about Dr. Denmark is the website maintained by her family, www.drleiladenmark.com. Dr. Denmark was know for her advice/quotes and her book, Every Child Should Have a Chance.
Over the years, Dr. Denmark was the recipient of many honors and awards:
- The Fisher Award for outstanding research in the diagnosis, treatment, and immunization of whooping cough (pertussis), 1935
- Named Atlanta’s Woman of the Year 1953
- Distinguished Service Citation from Tift College as a “devout humanitarian who has invested her life in pediatric services to all families without respect to economic status, race, or national origin…. Devoted Humanitarian, Doctor par excellence, Generous Benefactor.” 1970
- Honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities, Tift College 1972
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Georgia Southern College 1978
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Mercer University 1980
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Tift College 1980
- Community Service Award, sponsored by television station WXIA, Atlanta, Georgia 1980
- Book of Golden deeds Award, Buckhead Exchange Club, Atlanta 1981
- Citation, Citizens of Portal, Georgia, jointly with her husband, John Eustace Denmark, for Outstanding Achievement and Service 1982
- Shining Light Award, Atlanta Gas Light Company 1989
- Honorary president, Georgia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle 1998
- Heroes, Saints and Legends Award, Wesley Woods 2000
- Honorary doctorate, Emory University 2000 At that time there were only three standing ovations at commencement exercises in the school’s history, Hank Aaron, Dalai Lama, and Dr.Denmark.