Two Marietta men follow in their dad’s professional footsteps
by Sally Litchfield
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Kennestone Hospital Emergency Room Physician, Dr. John Knox III, gets his blood pressure checked by his father, orthopedist Dr. John Knox Jr., on Friday, as the two share a moment with each other in the trauma center. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Kennestone Hospital Emergency Room Physician, Dr. John Knox III, gets his blood pressure checked by his father, orthopedist Dr. John Knox Jr., on Friday, as the two share a moment with each other in the trauma center.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Moore and his father John Moore at Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
Moore and his father John Moore at Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele.
Staff/Laura Moon
Editor’s Note: On this Father’s Day, we celebrate all fathers by looking at those sons who follow in their father’s footsteps.

Dr. John Knox III and father Dr. John Knox Jr.

Dr. John Knox III and his father, Dr. John Knox Jr., share many of the same passions like sports, jogging, Georgia Tech and time at Lake Allatoona.

“We found things that keep us bonded,” said Knox III, an emergency physician with WellStar Kennestone Hospital for 14 years.

It seems only natural that Knox III followed in his father’s footsteps. But Knox III’s calling did not surface until he was 29.

“I was a little bit surprised because it was late in his life that (Knox III) made the decision to go into medicine. Rosemary and I asked him why he didn’t think about it while he was at Wake Forest (University),” Knox Jr. said, laughing. “But we were glad to hear it —delighted.”

In nine years, Knox III completed pre-medical studies at Emory University and Kennesaw State University; commuted from Marietta to Emory for medical school where he graduated with honors; completed his residency in 1999; and had his first child, Margaret Rose, now 21 with wife Eleanor. They have two other children, 19-year-old John IV, and 15-year-old Graham.

“I always admired my dad and emulated him. He went to Wake Forest Medical School. I went to Wake Forest undergraduate school. He trained at Emory University. I went to Emory. He did his residency at Grady (Hospital). I did mine at Grady. There were some footsteps laid out for me,” Knox III said.

Though Knox III and his father share the same careers, their specialties are different.

“(John III) is high energy and quick on his feet. That’s what it takes to be an ER doctor — quick, accurate decisions he can make,” said Knox Jr, who practices general orthopaedics.

Knox Jr. came to Marietta in 1967 from Decatur with his wife, Rosemary, after completing his residency and at the invitation of prominent General Surgeon Dr. John Hodges.

He stopped his surgical practice at age 74 but continues his office practice with Resurgens Orthopaedics in Marietta. He and Rosemary have two other grown children, Ansley and Elizabeth.

Knox Jr. was a model for his son.

“I’ve always heard for years what a compassionate physician my dad was. I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about him. He sets a great example with his work ethic and his compassionate care,” Knox III said.

“(Dad’s) such a giving person. He’s always been there for us. He helped me get through med school, helped me basically with everything I have,” said the 1980 Marietta High School graduate.

Both doctors agree that their wives make their careers possible.

“It was awfully hard to be away from so many events that the children were experiencing because I was on call or at the hospital. None of this would happen without our wives plugging the gaps,” Knox Jr. said.

“It takes a very special wife to get through the demands of practice of medicine and parenting,” Knox III said. “You find your times. You adjust your schedule and find time with your family when you can.”

“I am blessed to have lived in a great city and great location to bring up my family and practice medicine,” Knox Jr. said.

Kevin Moore and father John Moore

Kevin Moore and his father, John, not only share the legal profession - they share the same office. Both specialize in commercial real estate, zoning and land use and utility law at the law firm of Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele LLP in Marietta.

“My initial reaction was that I did not want (Kevin) in the legal profession. I think anyone in any business or profession knows all the bad parts of that business or profession,” said John Moore, managing partner of MIJS. He has practiced law for 43 years.

John Moore, who grew up in Albany, met Marietta lawyer Hylton Dupree in law school at Mercer University. After graduating, he moved to Marietta in 1970 to practice with Dupree’s firm. In 1984, he established MIJS.

“In the legal profession, the saying that ‘the law is a jealous mistress’ is absolutely true. The profession requires an immense amount of time which takes away from your family and other endeavors. I did not want Kevin to have to experience that,” said John Moore, who is married to wife Robin.

When Kevin Moore approached his father about law school, John encouraged him to work a year to make sure he wanted to be a lawyer.

“My dad greatly influenced my decision to become a lawyer, despite the fact he vigorously tried to talk me out of it. I think he was trying to protect me from what he viewed as a time-consuming career, but I also think he just needed to be sure that it was my decision, not his,” said Kevin Moore, a Marietta native who graduated from Marietta High in 1988.

“I still can’t think of anything I would rather be,” Kevin Moore said.

It is always a challenge following in the steps of a father in the same profession, but the Moores make it work. “Working with Dad is an experience that I value each and every day. My relationship with Dad is not better or worse necessarily than any other father-son relationship,” said Kevin Moore, father of Lauren, 12, and Lindsey, 10.

“We just have the right kind of relationship where we can work with each other. In short, we know how to argue, apologize and love each other, all at the same time,” said Kevin Moore, who has practiced law for 17 years.

“I admire my Dad for many reasons, but mostly, because he is uncomplicated in his devotion to family and friends,” he said.

Kevin Moore also admires his father’s humility.

“(Dad) founded a firm, by himself with two secretaries, which has been blessed to grow and be very successful, yet he still considers himself a country lawyer from Albany, Georgia. We would all be better people if we could have such humility,” he said.

John Moore said, “It has been an immense pleasure as a father to watch him grow as a lawyer and as a person. Kevin is now an outstanding attorney and an even better person. … “I have heard that the father-son relationship in the workplace either works or it does not. Fortunately, in our case, it has worked.”

John Moore has two other children, Traci M. Shropshire and Bradley A. Moore. He has three other grandchildren in addition to Kevin’s daughters 8-year-old George, 7-year-old Miles and 5-year-old Sara Shropshire.

“Being a father, even in the best of circumstances, is a position of utmost responsibility. You are responsible for your children’s upbringing, trying to teach them the right way to approach life, and to hopefully guide them during their journey from childhood to adulthood,” John said.

“On the other hand, being a father brings great joy in seeing your children grow and mature. From the funny things they do as a child, through the teen years, and then the very close relationship as adults. Then they give you grandchildren, and that is even better,” he said.
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