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Obituaries » Elizabeth Randolph Carmichael

Dr. Elizabeth Randolph Carmichael, M.D., 92, of Rixeyville, passed away peacefully June 28, 2017.

She was born January 29, 1925, in Fredericksburg, to the late Coalter Bryan Carmichael and Mary Baylor Carmichael.

She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1946, then earned master’s degree in chemistry there in 1947. She later attended the Medical College of Virginia, graduating in 1957 as a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Dr. Carmichael’s passing ended a line of five generations of medical doctors serving Virginians since 1792.

After graduation, she practiced in Philadelphia before moving to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to practice with Dr. Philip Gleason.

Her love for animals, especially horses and dogs, was widely known and she was instrumental in starting the Eastern Shore branch of the S.P.C.A.

Dr. Carmichael later moved to Black Hill Farm in Rixeyville, where she fox hunted with the Warrenton Hunt for many years. While in Rixeyville, she practiced at the Culpepper Medical Center, retiring in 2001.

She was an accomplished horsewoman and was invited to ride in the two inaugural parades for President Ronald Reagan. She rode sidesaddle on her beloved horse Petite Etoile, also known as “Twinky.”

Of note was her devotion to her mother, Mary Carmichael, and to her first cousins, Lucy Jeffers and John and Phyllis Gordan, who were equally devoted to her. She also was close to her first cousins, the late Edward and James Wolcott of Norfolk and Edward Holland of the Eastern Shore, Virginia.

She had a keen interest in the U.S. Marine Corps, because her cousin, the late Gen. Lemuel C. Sheperd Jr., served as Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955.

She is survived by many cousins (both humans and dogs) who loved her feistiness, stories of her world travels, and her zeal for a life well lived.

Those survivors include cousins Edward Wolcott Jr., Anne Wolcott, Brooke Sullivan, Edward, Katharine and Anne Holland, James Wolcott Jr., Nancy Bronez, Mollie McCune, Anne Robinson and the late John and Phyllis Gordan’s four children.

She especially appreciated the love and support of her dear friends Laurie and James Kudla of Orlean, Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Shore S.P.C.A., the Culpeper County Animal Shelter, or the House of Wood and Straw (HOWS) Project, Ruckersville.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 22, Christ Church, 95 Green St., Warrenton.

Online condolences may be offered at
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