April 8, 1946 – February 11, 2020
Erwin Bruce Elliston ’72 died on Feb. 11, 2020, after a sudden illness while traveling in the Philippines, where he was grateful to visit and share his boundless love. He was born on April 8, 1946, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to the late Margaret and M.B. Elliston.
Dr. Elliston received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Missionary College in Tennessee and went on to earn his medical degree. He then completed a residency at Duke University in North Carolina. In 1975, he became the first faculty member of the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, where he subsequently founded the Asheville Family Health Centers and cofounded multiple other wellness enterprises.
Along the way, Dr. Elliston served as a volunteer and leader of several organizations, including the Asheville Rotary Club, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, the North Carolina Arboretum, the Nature Conservancy, and the Henry’s Fork Foundation among others. He delighted in family, partnerships, photography, sports, fly fishing, travel, farming, and the splendor and protection of nature.
Dr. Elliston is survived by his beloved wife, Melba; his children, Jon (Jen), Brian (Laurie), Joel, and Jennifer; his grand-daughter, Jude; and his brothers, Leon and Roger. For 43 years, he was married to his first wife, the beloved and late Judy Whitman Elliston, who shared Dr. Elliston’s love for their children.
(Source: Family of Dr. Elliston)