Nashville native James Allen Whitaker graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1928, earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Temple University in 1933 and graduated from the UNC School of Public Health 1934. His medical career began as a health officer, a position he held in Rocky Mount for a decade. Then he served in various Rocky Mount area hospitals as a urologist from 1948 until his retirement in 1987. Concerned about public health, Dr. Whitaker introduced many programs that are still active today. He was active in medical associations and community groups such as Kiwanis and Elks Clubs. Dr. Whitaker also operated a farm in Nash County all his life and was very interested in preserving local history.
Inducted into Hall of Fame 2006