In Memoriam: Dr. George Sedding Trotter

In Memoriam: Dr. George Sedding Trotter
Dr. George Sedding Trotter

It’s not often that someone lives a life so well and long to find themselves recognized as a legend. Still, Dr. George Trotter had that privilege, and those who knew him would agree that the “Energizer Bunny” was a dynamo of fun-filled activity. Many can attest to his humor, warmth, wit, joie de vivre and loving personality: his patients – many of whom spanned 50 years – his friends, tennis buddies, ballet besties, his loving family, and his devoted wife of 65 years, Ann, to whom he referred to jokingly as Saint Ann for “putting up with him.”

Every phone conversation ended with an abrupt “Love ya, bye.” (Perhaps even while you were still speaking…) His cheery whistle and “be of good cheer” admonitions will be missed by all who knew him, as well as his oft-outrageous antics and fashion flair. As a former Best Dressed Man in Jacksonville award winner, he was usually spotted with an ascot and matching hanky tucked cavalierly into his jacket pocket.

Dr. Trotter loved the limelight and gave his all to everything he did, including the legendary Trotter family Halloween parties. His dance performances – from classical pas de deux to Captain Hook in “Peter Pan” – as Vincent van Gogh, a dandy in “Bus Stop Boogie,” a king or a giant rabbit were endless, and he would don a costume at the drop of a hat (and he had many!)

Dr. Trotter’s medical practice of 60-plus years was old-fashioned doctoring at its best. He loved his patients and treated everyone like family. His generosity knew no bounds, and his loving concern did not stay at the office when the day was over; Dapper “Ole Doc Trotter” would happily arrive for a house call with his expert care, humorous banter and antique physician bag in tow.

A native of Jacksonville, Dr. Trotter was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Riverside, where he later did his medical residency in 1959. He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School and was active at St. Matthews Catholic Church. He traveled the world, showed interest in those around him, was enthusiastic, hardworking, dedicated to excellence, and a true gentleman. 

A friend remarked, “George lived life to the fullest. He set the bar for all of us for how to live our lives.”

Dr. Trotter adored his wife and children George, Junior, Kathleen (Dr. Eduardo Balbona,) John (Kris Fallin,) Susan (Michael Perkey,) Mary Ann (Douglas Moran), and nine grandchildren, and he was proud of their many accomplishments. His influence in the community is long-reaching and multifaceted: Duval County Medical Society, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northeast Florida Aids Society, the American Cancer Society and other medical-related boards of directors.  He also founded We Care Jax, which annually gives the George S. Trotter, M.D. Founder’s awards for medical professionals, philanthropy and service, He has planted the seeds for many organizations that continue to bring blessings to many people.

Dr. Trotter dancing
Dr. George Sedding Trotter

His passion for the arts and dance helped establish the Community Nutcracker Ballet in 1992 and the “Dancing Doctor” performed many roles in the Nutcracker, while also serving as president and CEO from 2005-2012, during which he helped move the organization forward and raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Vision is Priceless, Dreams Come True, and others.  He performed the role of Herr Drosselmeyer for so many years that the role became synonymous with his name. A lifelong athlete who enjoyed snow skiing, swimming, basketball, and tennis, he began ballet classes in his 40s. He then performed with the Jacksonville Concert Ballet in classical and comedic roles. His repertoire even included hilarious skits at Ye Mystic Reveller’s Ball.

Dr. Trotter was dedicated to walking the walk of his Christian faith by helping the less fortunate and sowing kindness to all. He was beloved by a multitude of people, and his friends and family have wonderful memories to carry them onward. We can all rest assured that Ole Doc Trotter is setting things straight in heaven and “dancing before the Lord with all his might.”

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