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FORT SMITH -- Dr. Richard Roy Aclin, 79, died Aug. 10, 2019, in Fort Smith, after suffering a lengthy illness.

He was born in Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 26, 1939, to William Roy and Mildred Pauline Aclin, and preceded in death by his father. He graduated from Hot Springs High School. He attended Hendrix College ('57-'60) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ('60-'64) to earn his Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at UAMS and was board certified.

Dr. Aclin served in the USAF for 11 years, his last assignment was Kessler Air Force Base ('67-'71). He served as chief of outpatient Pediatrics and established the 1st Intensive Care Nursery at Kessler.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he moved to Fort Smith to join Dr. John Watts in private practice. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as Chief of Staff at Sparks Regional Medical Center and Chief of Pediatrics at both Sparks and St. Edwards hospitals. He also supported the NICU and Pediatric Department at Sparks. In 1976, Dr. Aclin was named Assistant Clinical Professor of UAMS and Assistant Professor in 1998. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 1996. In 1998, he joined the staff and faculty at AHEC (UAMS, West) in Fort Smith. He was responsible for outpatient and inpatient care, as well as resident education in pediatrics. He initiated the "Reach Out & Read" program for the clinic.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kay (Morgan) Aclin; and children: Dru Cessna (David Smith), Gregory Aclin (Patti Ann), Amy Reid (Jeff) and William Aclin (Leslie); grandchildren: Matthew Cessna, Katherine Aclin, Sarah Aclin, William Aclin, Andrew Reid (Jessica), Rachel Reid, Evy Aclin and Ellis Aclin; mother, Mildred Aclin; brother, Kenneth Aclin (Connie); close brothers- and sisters-in-law, Carol Pace (Charles) and Windy Morgan (Jane); and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church and a family burial at National Cemetery with military honors. Family will visit with friends following the memorial service in the Narthex. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to First United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Clinic or Community Rescue Mission, would be appreciated.

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