Richard Ingram

Lafayette’s story is America’s story.  It never loses voltage, never becomes cliché.  Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, or even Sonnet 94, out loud; its rhythm and rhyme drives you to corner complete strangers and force your findings on them.  So it is once you know fine points of Lafayette’s life.  Your talent, however meager, wants to take a crack at a blank page, to score lyrics, to script drama.  It’s not just about chronology, though I obsess over dates; it’s about people and ideas.  Telling Lafayette’s story challenges the imagination:  it Inspires, it illuminates, and it unites, all in the spirit of Lafayette.”

“I read,” Ingram says.  “I have read ‘Moby Dick’ three times; now I understand what the fuss is all about.”

He thinks all third graders should learn chess; and all teachers ought to read Franklin’s essay, “The Morals of Chess.”

Men and women, alike, should learn to tie a bowtie; his motto, “I Tie My Own Bowtie.”

Read poetry to stay humble, he says, especially William Stafford’s “Traveling Through the Dark,” and write poetry to forestall Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Ingram is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.  He has been at LaGrange Internal Medicine since 1984.  His wife Janice teaches chemistry and has been a Star Teacher many times. They have two children.  Meredith is a Physician Assistant at Emory Midtown Atlanta.  Richard Thomas manages his own insurance agency in New Orleans.