Dr. Bertrand “Bert” Victor Gue Jr. of Orangeburg died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday.
He was 85.
Gue retired as an internist in 2007. He and his wife Jeanne then founded the Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic in August 2009.
Dwight Frierson knew Gue for over 50 years.
He described him as, “an outstanding physician, a better person more than anything.”
“He gave until the end,” Frierson said.
“He was such an integral part of the medical community and gave so much back,” he said.
Frierson said that his father, the late Dr. Henry Franklin Frierson, and Gue were good friends.
“He’ll be sorely missed,” Frierson said.
Curt Campbell described Gue as, “always a friend and good doctor for years and years.”
Campbell described himself as Gue’s “evening driver” to and from Citadel alumni functions.
He first got to know Gue in the 1970s. Campbell was coaching at Wade Hampton Academy and Gue’s son played football there.
Campbell said Gue was, “always the first one at the sidelines to look at any injured football player.”
Campbell also served with Gue on the board of the free clinic.
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Gue was a woodcarver, creating fish and birds, Campbell said.
“He was a fine Baptist gentleman. He always had this sly smile and he was a friendly guy,” Campbell added.
Gue was the great-grandson of a physician.
He had a calling to become a physician himself when he was a student at Orangeburg High School.
He later attended The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Gue interned and then became a resident physician in Charlottesville, Virginia, before becoming chief resident of internal medicine at MUSC.
In 1963, he began to practice in Orangeburg.
At the start of his practice, many of his patients didn’t have the money to pay him for his services. Gue often received payment in the form of homegrown vegetables and fruits.
When drafted into the U.S. Army, Gue served in the internal medicine department at Fort Jackson.
He served for two years and returned in 1968 when Gue and Dr. Lawton H. Salley re-established their practice.
Then-S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley honored Gue with the Order of the Palmetto in August 2014. The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor.
The Gues have two children, First Circuit Family Court Judge Anne Gue Jones and Bert Gue III.
Dukes-Harley Funeral Home will announce his arrangements at a later date.