James H. Stallings, Jr.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 2, 2020.

James Stallings 1926 - 2020

James H. Stallings, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father,

grandfather, veteran, and pediatrician, died peacefully July
5, 2020 surrounded by loved ones at his home in
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

He was 93 years old. Dr. Stallings is survived by his
cherished wife of 44 years Patricia; his loving children
Robert Stallings, Anne Stallings, Thomas Stallings (and his wife Tracy), Ann Kerrigan, and
Elizabeth Legg (and her husband Jonathan); and his adoring grandchildren Madalyn and
Brady Kerrigan, and Avery, Spencer, and Bramley Legg. Being Gramp was probably his
proudest role.

Born November 28, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Stallings was a proud graduate of
Woodrow Wilson High School (1945) (Washington, D.C.), Duke University, and the George
Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in

He served in the United States Navy between 1944 and 1946. Dr. Stallings practiced
pediatrics for 53 years, primarily at Northern Virginia Pediatrics Associates (Falls Church,
Virginia), which he founded. He also served as the medical director for a pediatric nursing and
rehabilitation center for children with complex medical conditions. He took great joy from
caring for his patients, and his long career gave him the privilege of serving multiple
generations of the same families. Dr. Stallings continued to practice long after most of his
contemporaries had retired because he could not imagine anything else as rewarding as
caring for children.

He served on numerous professional and community boards and was Chairman of the
Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics between 1979 and 1982. He retired
at age 81.

Dr. Stallings was "green" long before that was a thing. In 1995, his zeal for recycling earned
him the Falls Church City Recycling Award. God help you if he found a recyclable item in the
trash can! An early proponent of physical fitness, Dr. Stallings enjoyed tennis, jogging,
swimming, hiking, and biking. He loved playing cards, initially for spending money as a college
student and later as a favorite pastime with his grandchildren, who also relished time with their
Gramp playing charades, scrabble, and beach fun.

Both generations enriched each others' lives beyond measure. Dr. Stallings' wisdom and high
sense of values will remain with them always. Dr. Stallings had a sense of adventure and
endless curiosity. Exploring the world with his wife was one of his most fulfilling pleasures.

His ashes will be interred during a private military service in Crownsville, Maryland. The flag
used to honor Dr. Stallings will be the same flag used at the services of Dr. Stallings' father
and older brother George, who lost his life in the service of his country in World War II.

Although Dr. Stallings is no longer with us, his spirit lives on in his family and the many others
whose lives he indelibly influenced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Delaware Hospice

Please view and sign online family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com