A new Sandy Springs street will be named for the late Dr. Leila Daughtry Denmark, a pediatrician renowned for her common-sense treatment and her long life.

Dr. Leila Daughtry Denmark at a young age in a photograph included in a city of Sandy Springs presentation about the street naming.

The new Denmark Drive will connect Roswell Road and Boylston Street, running alongside the Bank of America at 6087 Roswell. The road is under construction now and is scheduled to open in January.

The doctor, who died in 2012 at age 114, began her practice in the Glenridge Drive area before moving elsewhere. She had a role in developing the whooping cough vaccine. In the 1970s, she wrote a book about child care called “Every Child Should Have a Chance.” She practiced medicine until age 103.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

2 replies on “New Sandy Springs street named for legendary doctor”

  1. Dr. Denmark was the pediatrician for my children. I could not have raised them with out her. She was the most amazing woman I have ever met. Even all these years since she retired we continue to say Dr. Denmark said..

  2. Dr. Leila Denmark was great for so many things. She was first female graduate for the Medical College of Ga. Her patients knew she was closed on Thursdays, because she donated her services one day a week to the poor children who were brought to the clinic at the church across from the capital. I don’t believe any doctor in Georgia volunteered to help the poor anything at a like she did. I saw a Time Life documentary on her.It was facinating!

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