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Dr. L. Lyndon Key, Jr.
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    Charleston, SC 29401
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    Charleston, SC 29425-2010
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    Charleston, SC 29403

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“I am saddened at the passing of Dr Key, and extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to Dr Jan Key, the girls and all the family. I have fond...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Lorna Shelton Beck - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Key is held in great honor among his former patients and their families. He gave us HOPE when there was little of that for those afflicted with...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Patrick Birdsall - Asbury, NJ

“I am so very sorry to hear of Lyndon's passing and his last years. My heart goes out to his family - and, no doubt, it is a very large one, for I am...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: John R. Black MD - Bluffton, SC

“Dear family of Lyndon, Becky and I share your sorrow. I trained with Jan and Lyndon. I will always remember 3 things about Lyndon. His keen...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: john and Becky Schreiber - MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Lyndon's passing. He was a friend and colleague and I admired him greatlyy. His gentle leadership during his tenure as...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Warren Derrick - Columbia, SC

“Dr. Key was a wonderful doctor. He did so much to help those of us who suffer from Osteopetrosis. We will all be forever grateful for the work he...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Mary S. Tanner - Kittrell, NC

“I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Lyndon Key's passing. He was always a joy to work with and a gifted doctor. My prayers to Dr. Janice Key and the...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: Susan (White) Lent - Goose Creek, SC

“I am truly saddened to learn of Lyndon's passing. He is gone much too soon. We were classmates together in the UNC Medical School, class of 1977. ...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Francis S Collins - Chevy Chase, MD

“To the Key Family in loving memory of Lyndon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as you celebrate his life with love and sweet memories. He...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Windy Brooks Dickinson - NC

“I am very saddened by Dr. Key's passing. I remember interviewing with Dr. Key back in 1994 before I came to work for Pediatrics and working with him...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Lori Upshur - Summerville, SC

“Leave a condolence or a memory.I will keep you and your family in my prayers ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Leilani Lee - friend

“Dear Jan, It is with great sadness that we learnt about the passing of Lyndon. He was a very kind man who enjoyed playing with kids. In the few...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Mulugeta - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Jan, I want to share our sympathies from Susie (Mahaffey) and me. The Key family, including Lyndon, were a major part of our lives. He was...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Keener - Lewisville, NC

“Jan, I am so sorry about your loss and have been thinking about you and your family. I just saw the video tribute to Lyndon and it was beautiful. ...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Margaret Mays - Charleseton, SC

“Thoughts and prayers of peace for Dr. Key's family and friends. ”
15 of 38 | Posted by: Lindsy Gutierrez

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Dr Key...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Todd Schlesinger - Charleston, SC

“I was saddened to learn of Lyndon's recent struggles and his untimely death. However, it was very uplifting to hear of his great faith and...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Mary Anne Mauldin Howard

“Jan,I was saddened to hear of your loss. Lyndon was a kind soul who accomplished so many wonderful things. I remember most his thoughtfulness as he...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Susan Hocevar Adkins - Atlanta, GA

“Lyndon was a well respected collegue and I am honored to have known and work along side him. He was a brilliant endocrinologist and teacher and cared...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Inger Fyfe(Hansen MD) - SC

“Ron, So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. What a life he lived! I know you are comforted in the fact that he touched so many lives and...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: David Moore - Hickory, NC

“Jan and family, So sorry to hear about Lyndon. As so many have said, he was an extraordinary person. I was blessed to be a friend of his so many...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Kenny Jones - St Louis, MO

“Dr Key, Rebecca and Matt, Mikell and I were so sorry to hear the news about Dr. Key. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult...Read More »
22 of 38 | Posted by: Dorothy Thaxton - Charleston, SC

“Jan,I am saddned to hear of Lyndon's passing. I wish you, your girls, and your grandchildren peace that passes all understanding. ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: Lynn Hicks Barger - Hickory, NC

“I was a classmate of Lyndon's all through grade school and high school, What a kind, loving and genius individual. Lyndon never said an unkind word...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Ann Hamrick - Hickory, NC

“I was so saddened to learn of Lyndon's death. We were high school classmates and ride the same school bus for many years. My heartfelt sympathy...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Ann Brown Jurney - Conover, NC

“Bless you, Lyndon, child of God. Be at peace with all you leave behind. Rest you gently in the lord. I will miss you, sweet man. ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Snodgrass - Hickory, NC

“Dr. Key: You and your family are in my prayers. I read your husband's obituary and was so amazed at all he accomplished in his life. But I am sure...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Beth Franco - Blythewood, SC

“Jan and family, Just a note to let you know I was thinking of you. As you know my father died of Alzheimer Disease. My words are limited in being...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Jimmy Stallworth

“Dr. Key was a very brilliant man who used his knowledge to help so many people in many different ways. He was pleasant, kind, and a very good man. He...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Yaw Appiagyei-Dankah - MI

“Dear Jan , Rebecca, Emily and family.My heart is so saddened by the struggle that you all have endured . Lyndon was such a brillant and great...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Jann Owens - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dr. Key was the most caring and genuine doctor I have ever known and worked with. He taught me so much about Endocrinology. I loved working with him....Read More »
31 of 38 | Posted by: cindy scanlon-cook - charleston, SC

“To one of the smartest men I ever knew. He was a wonderful Division Director, and he created a strong and respected Pediatric Endocrine Division....Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Nancy Wright MD - Tallahassee, FL

“Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
33 of 38 | Posted by: Joe and Shernette Tolley

“A wonderful man. Caring and kind to all. ”
34 of 38 | Posted by: Ellen Debenham

“Lyndon was one of the most brilliant and kind men I will ever know. His caring nature benefitted all of us who worked with him. I am forever...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Mike Southgate - Charleston, SC

“I remember Dr Key's brilliance, his kindness, and his strong advocacy for children. He recruited me to MUSC, and I am grateful for his support of...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Mia Amaya Kilby - Charleston, SC

“My sincerest condolences to the Key family. Dr. Key touched the lives of so many during his distinguished personal and professional life. ”
37 of 38 | Posted by: Scott Stuart - Austin, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. He will be sorely missed. ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Melissa Carlucci - Chattanooga, TN


Dr. L. Lyndon Key, Jr. died November 29, 2015 after a long, dignified, and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Lyndon was born July 13, 1952 in Hickory, NC to Lester L. Key and Vivian Rebecca Abernethy Key. Lyndon prioritized his life to praise God, care for his family, and work as a pediatrician. He was a devout Christian and a very gentle man who adored and was adored by his family. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dr. Janice Dixon Key, his children, Rebecca (Matthew) Johnson and Emily (Christopher) Davis, and grandchildren, Kenneth and Mary Lou Johnson, all of Charleston. Other family includes his brother, Dr. Ronald (Janet) Key of Hickory, NC, his sister, Sarah (Curtis) Clark of Chapel Hill, NC, and father-in-law, Charles Dixon, of Hickory, NC, as well as a loving circle of extended family and dear friends.

Lyndon graduated from Hickory High School in 1970 as valedictorian. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English with highest honors and academic distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1973 and an MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 1977. He completed his pediatric residency at Duke University and his endocrinology fellowship at Harvard Boston Children's Hospital. After faculty appointments at Boston Children's Hospital and Wake Forest University, Lyndon joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1991 as the Division Director of Pediatric Endocrinology and as the Director of the MUSC General Clinical Research Center. He was honored to serve as the Chairman of Pediatrics from 2001-2009 and was named a Distinguished Professor in 2010. Lyndon was a gifted clinician, researcher, and teacher. His research focused on pediatric bone disease and vitamin D, and over the course of his career he authored 85 journal articles regarding these subjects. His many professional honors include being named to Best Doctors of America, the William Weston Award, the SC Academy of Pediatrics Career Achievement Award and special recognition by the Paget Society and the Osteopetrosis Society.

Lyndon was a man of many interests and talents. He was an active member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church where he sang as a baritone in the Kirk Choir from 1996-2014. He performed with his daughters in several plays at Dock Street Theatre, he held a pizza eating record at the University of North Carolina and a rollerblading record at Camp Thunderbird, he authored a country music song, he was a great slalom water-skier, and he was the inaugural Key Family Athlete of the Decade. He loved fishing with his friends in Canada, laughing at clever puns, singing old hymns, eliciting smiles from countless babies with playful games of peek-a-boo, cheering for the Boston Red Sox, and savoring the glass-like water of early morning water-skiing with family at Lake Hickory. He most especially enjoyed playing with his beloved grandchildren.

In the last years of his life, Lyndon and Jan benefited greatly from the unfailing love of many devoted family members and friends, the Christian love of the First (Scots) Presbyterian church family and Stephen Ministry, the support of Respite Care of Charleston, the medical care of Dr. Don Fox, and the compassionate care Lyndon received at the Villages at Summerville, especially from the staff in the Pride Unit and by Dr. Russ Blackwelder.

Private Inurnment will be at Magnolia Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., Charleston, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held in the First (Scots) Fellowship Hall after the service. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway.

Donations in honor of Dr. Lyndon Key may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., Charleston SC 29401; the MUSC Children's' Hospital Fund, 59 Bee St. MSC 201, Charleston SC 29425-2010; Respite Care Charleston, 405 King St., Charleston SC 29403, or Presbyterian Communities of SC, 2917 Ashland Rd., Columbia SC 29210.