Francis P. Rossiter, Jr., MD
Class of 1960
Associate of Arts in Pre-Medicine
Francis P. Rossiter, Jr. is a native of Savannah. He is the second of six children of the late Savannah Mayor Pro-Tem Frank P. and Inez Coleman Rossiter. He attended Benedictine Military School, Armstrong College, the University of Georgia, and the Medical College of Georgia. After completing his education and Army commitment in 1974, Dr. Rossiter returned to his hometown to open his private medical practice. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, the former Glenda Nelson, for 48 years, and they have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Rossiter entered the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Second Lieutenant. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during nine years of active service. He subsequently served 20 years in the Georgia Army National Guard, the last 15 as a Colonel. When he retired in 2000, he was honored with the rank of Brigadier General.
Dr. Rossiter has served on the staffs of all three Savannah hospitals and as a pediatric consultant at Georgia Regional Hospital. He also served on the Backus Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, the Ethics Committee, was the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. He retired from his medical practice in June 2003. He currently serves on the Mercer University School of Medicine-Savannah Board of Governors, Chatham County Hospital Authority, and Memorial Health University Board of Directors.
Dr. Rossiter is a past president of the Chatham Artillery Association and the Hibernian Society. He served for many years on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home, and currently serves on the Diocese of Savannah Finance Council and is chairman of the Rourke Foundation. He is a former member of the Armstrong Foundation Board of Directors, Board of Directors of Southern Catholic College, Protective Services Advisory Board, and the Georgia Board of Community Health. He was the Grand Marshal of the 2008 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, following in the footsteps of his father who was Grand Marshal in 1972.