Orthopaedic surgeon celebrates 80th birthday in Marietta
by Sally Litchfield
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Dr. Paul Payne, an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics, celebrated his 80th birthday on July 23 at Hamilton’s Restaurant at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. Payne is a co-founder of Marietta Orthopaedics formed in 1964, later renamed Pinnacle Orthopaedics in 1997.

Among the attendees were Marie and former Gov. Roy Barnes, Bernie Brown, Lucy and Tom Browning, Lillian and Rep. Buddy Darden, Dr. Jon Day, Sandi and Dr. Mark Diehl, Dot and former Mayor Bill Dunaway, Marci and Dr. Stan Dysart, Pat and Dr. Clark Glass, Patsy and Reynold Jennings, Betty and Tom Philips, Lil and Bob Prillaman, Dr. Tom Sturkie, and Carol and Dr. Scott Swayze.

Payne was born in New York in 1933 and moved to China at age 2. He attended school in Korea. He returned to the U.S. on the last boat before the war in 1941. His family settled in Atlanta and he finished high school at age 16.

Payne received an undergraduate degree from Maryville College in Tennessee where graduated in three years. Following college, he attended Medical College of Georgia. He is the first surgeon to perform a total hip replacement in Cobb County. Payne has served on the Hospital Board at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and WellStar Hospital Authority. In 2006, Dr. Payne received the prestigious Physician of the Year Award for the State of Georgia.

Payne has been a member of the Marietta Rotary Club for many years and served as president. He was awarded the 2007 Congressional Order of Merit.

Payne has four grown children. He loves to travel and has been all over the world. If he could live anywhere besides the U.S., he said he would live in New Zealand. An avid collector, he enjoys collecting Russian and Chinese stamps, a hobby on which his mother started him. Payne also enjoys collecting coins and classic cars.

Payne said the most gratifying part of being an orthopaedic surgeon is you get to fix people and they get well. He loves working with children because they are so motivated to get well. “When you love the work you do, then it is not considered work to go there.”

More than 430 people attended the opening of the Metro Montage XIII and Folk Art Visionaries exhibitions at Marietta Cobb Museum of Art on Saturday night including Paulette Basham, Gary Baughman, Kelli and Tom Borgel, Melinda and Doug Burnett, Laurie and Bob Bush, Debbie Charter, Terri and Steve Cole, Nikki Davidson, Linda Dowdell, Joe Erni, Duncan Fleming, Jennifer Fox, Jackie and Bill Garvin, Len Jagoda, Beverly Kelley, Dave Knoke, Michael Leidel, Anne and W.D. Little, Hugh Macaulay, Booth Malone, Robert Meredith, Valton Murray, Dawn McEachern, Sara and Bill Needs, Patti and Van Pearlburg, Dave Pisik, Lincoln Stone, Trapp and Peter Tischner, Gail Wegodsky, and Ray and Leigh Ann Worden.

To learn more about the exhibits, visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org or call (770) 528-1444.

Fashion spotlight of the week: In a colorful flower print blouse and black slacks — Annette Lee of Marietta — as pretty and nice as can be.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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