Guiding Values Discussed by Local Gentlemen
Being a gentleman in 2021 looks a little different than it did a few centuries, or even a few decades, ago. Long gone are the rigorous rules surrounding courting and dining etiquette – not to mention such “gentlemanly pursuits” as dueling. Yet certain aspects of the gentleman remain constant: a calm spirit, a respectful manner, a giving nature. Perhaps George Bernard Shaw sums it up best: “A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
In their own words, the following six men tackle the concept of the Southern gentleman. Here, they share what principles guide them and how their past experiences and influences have defined and shaped them into who they are today.
By Mary Beth Wallace / Photography by Rich Smith / On Location at Whiskey Thief
R. Curtis McKoy, MD, FACC, FSCAI (Above)
Interventional Cardiologist and CEO/Owner, Consultants in Cardiac & Vascular Diseases
I was raised in rural North Carolina, in a household of very little significant material wealth. Orchestrated by my parents, there was a wealth of knowledge passed down concerning manners, honoring my parents and elders, and a very unique work ethic. At a young age, the vital teachings of performing my chores, acquiring a summer job, and attending worship services were instilled.
Men of integrity in multiple fields of my professional life and Christian faith have helped to guide my course through the trials and tribulations of life. I deem it an absolute privilege to aid in the caring of people with medical crises. My efforts are guided toward seeking not only their physical recovery, but their spiritual healing as well. My quest is to glorify God through the experiences and the deeds of my life.