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Dr Dwight “Kip” William Wait, III, 77, died April 16, 2023, in Charlotte, NC following a long battle with Parkinson’s, glaucoma & other significant medical issues. He was surrounded by his wife and friends.
The son of Dwight W. Wait, Jr and Virginia “Ginnie” Lee Adair, Kip was born Sept 16, 1945 in Denver CO. He attended Shayler High school in Glenshaw PA. His summer job in high school and college was working as a lifeguard at the Shayler community pool. Years later he would reflect upon being a lifeguard as perhaps one of the very best jobs in the whole world.
His career goal however was set from a young age. He knew by middle school he wanted to be a physician and this goal never waived. Kip was an excellent and dedicated student, always sitting on the front row whenever possible. He attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 8 years, was the youngest President of the Epsilon Delta and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his BA in Chemistry in 1967 followed by his M.D. degree in 1972.
Following completion of his MD degree, Kip completed a one year internship at University of Alabama Birmingham and a three year residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Atrium Health)in 1978. He began his Emergency Room practice at Mercy Hospital in 1980, serving as chairman of the department for many years. Two of the skills he was best known for were being a stellar diagnostician and perfection of suturing skills. He later served as Medical Director of Randolph Clinic (now Anuvia), Amethyst, McLeod Center and several other substance abuse programs. His love of learning inspired him to become board certified in Addiction Medicine. He was known for his compassionate care, working with thousands of clients suffering from the stigma and disease of addiction.
Kip’s prodigious allegiance to his beloved Alma Mater was obvious in multiple ways, from encouraging children of friends and neighbors to seriously consider applying to UNC, multiple annual trips to UNC, and supporting the university through his financial contributions. An avid Tarheel basketball fan (even in a bad season), he collected UNC paraphernalia and owned what must’ve surely been the most clothing with UNC designs.
Many knew him as a Porsche aficionado, who sequentially owned nine 911’s, but always hoped to find the perfect #10. He loved a good martini, fine food and clothes shopping. He adored traveling with his wife, Jeanette, especially to anywhere with sand and salt water. He loved Snoopy and was nicknamed “The Snoopy Doctor” by Charles Schultz.
Above all this he was the kindest of men, a loyal friend, a loving husband and a physician who dedicated his life to helping others.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Jeanette Day.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kip’s honor can be sent a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be updated on Carolina funeral.com where online condolences may be shared.