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Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers, M.D.

Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers, M.D.
  • July 23, 1934 - November 30, 2020
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • St. Andrews Church
    440 Whilden Street
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • The Center for Birds of Prey - Avian Conservation Center
    4719 North Hwy 17
    Awendaw, SC 29429

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“Dr. Rivers was the best. He took care of my Mother and sister! I started seeing him when I was 19 until he retired. He meant the world to me and my...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Rhonda Varner Varner - Ridgeville, SC

“Mary and family I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Rivers I just found out or I would have attended his funeral. Sending many prayers and love to all...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Pat Wallace

“Peace ”
3 of 40 | Posted by: Grange Simons,111 Lucas - SC

“Dear Thomas,Thank you for all that you did for us especially putting me up in The Middleton Hunt Club.I've made a donation to the Avian Conservation...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: William Thomason - Charleston, SC

“I think that Dr. Rivers was not only an OB-GYN doctor. He was also a doctor of the soul, a doctor or nature, a dedicated father and I, for one,...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Carmen Foster - Knoxville, TN

“Dr. Rivers was a great doctor and a wonderful man. Forty years ago, he saved my life! As a young newlywed I was left unable to have children of my...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Barbara Schneider - SC - Friend

“In 1967, at Fort Jackson Army hospital, Dr Rivers saved my life from a prolapsed cord delivery. He had to perform a C-section so quickly the tip of...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Amy Mulvaney - Friend

“Mary, I am so sorry to read about Tommy’s passing. I didn’t even know he was sick. Can’t believe he was 86. A long, good life, 7000...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Patti Evans - Friend

“Dr. Tommy was my OB/GYN for 35 years. He was absolutely the best, but he was the best person, compassionate, thoughtful, and always kept me laughing....Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Denise Moorer - Friend

“I loved him dearly.A wonderful doctor and a great, great friend. The world has lost such a light. ”
10 of 40 | Posted by: Anna Candler Fraser - Knoxville, TN

“Dr. Rivers was a very pleasant, kind and caring man to be around.I thought the world of him. I am so grateful my grandchildren Rutledge and Caroline...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Marjorie Swofford - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“THANK GOD FOR SENDING DR. RIVERS TO DO GREAT THINGS IN OUR WORLD. I MET HIM WHEN I WAS 17 HE HAS HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR LOW COUNTRY. I DON'T...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Beverly Waggoner Lucas - LADSON, SC

“THANK GOD FOR SENDING DR. RIVERS TO DO GREAT THINGS IN OUR WORLD. I MET HIM WHEN I WAS 17 HE HAS HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR LOW COUNTRY. I DON'T...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Beverly Waggoner Lucas - LADSON, SC

“Dr. Rivers delivered both of my children. He was my doctor from the sixties until his retirement. I, also, cried when he told me he was retiring. I...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Toni Kirby - Johns Island, SC

“Dr Rivers was my OB/GYN for many years. He delivered both my children and for that I am truly grateful. When he retired, I cried and told him there...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Winnie Corbin - Friend

“Dr. Rivers was my doctor, as well as my two sisters' doctor, for many years up until his retirement. I loved him from the first visit and always...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Lanora Rogers - Goose Creek, SC

“Dr. Rivers was a pleasure to work with at St. Francis. Sending my prayers and condolences to the family. May God bring you peace during these trying...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Edwina Brewer - Goose Creek, SC

“Dr. Rivers was my OB-GYN for many, many years and he delivered both of my children. He was a great doctor and a good person. He will be missed by...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Barbara Britz - Friend

“Mrs. Williams called the chapel and asked that we share her sympathies with Mrs. Rivers and the Rivers family. ”
19 of 40 | Posted by: Betty Williams Westphal - Reno, NV

“Tommy was such a special person. For years he would drop off enough split fat lighter wood for us to enjoy for a whole year. Very thoughtful and...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Lindsay Long - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear of this sweet man's passing. I was a patient of Dr. Rivers for many, many years. He delivered all three of my children to which I am...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Renate Wyndham Bodo - SC

“I adored Doctor Tommy. When I moved here in 1985, someone told me he was the best, and I called immediately. Many years later, when Tommy was no...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Bonnie Grossman - Charleston, SC

“Dear Mary,I'm so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a special man and I'll always remember him fondly. Keeping you in our hearts,Tom and Sue ”
23 of 40 | Posted by: Tom Kunkle - Charleston, SC

“To Thomas, the girls and their families my heartfelt sympathies. He dated my mother in their early years and delivered my baby sister Heyward ! What...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Reid Simons~Fulton - Summerville, SC

“I worked with Dr. Rivers at St. Francis hospital for over 30 years. He was a joy to talk with and hear about some of his deliveries. He truly loved...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Rebecca Busby - Johns Island, SC

“Heartfelt sympathy to all the family. A beautiful write up in the paper and love the photo. Blessings! ”
26 of 40 | Posted by: Bobbie and Herb Rothschild - SC

“To the Rivers family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss.I know how difficult these times can be.I hope all of your memories comfort you for...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Jimmy Hayes - Friend

“Dr. Rivers was a doctor that cross all racial lines to care for the women's in Charleston sc. RIP DR. RIVERS Patient since 1975 Linda Powell ”
28 of 40 | Posted by: Linda Powell

“He was so special. Delivered my son. The day he told me he was returning we both cried. Rest In Peace Dr. Rivers ”
29 of 40 | Posted by: Mary Shriner

“It was an honor to work with him. He always had a smile to share. He will be missed dearly by those who knew him. ”
30 of 40 | Posted by: Lynn Adams - Charleston, SC

“He was one of the best...he will be sorely missed. Early in my nursing career, he took me under his wing to help me through some tough spots. Early...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Carolyn VanCleef - Johns Island, SC

“Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for ALL of the family. What a special Dr. and friend to so many. RIP Tommy Rivers. ”
32 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Kennedy - Johns island, SC

“Such a sweet man. He was my ob when I was 14, I am now 52. He and my mother Nancy were at MUSC together many years ago. So sorry for your loss! to...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Laura Schwach - Friend

“Dr. Rivers was a good man as well as a good doctor. My mother was nurse's aide and worked with him at Roper Hospital. He also helped a young friend...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Lawrence Wertan - Tocco, GA

“Mary, I was so sad to read of Tommy's passing. He delivered our oldest daughter, Meghan, and was my ob-gyn for many years. He was a delightful and...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Nancy Jordan - Charleston, SC

“Mary and Family, I will always cherish the many years of working with Dr. Rivers in the O.R. He was always a joy to work with and was a true...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Darla Wier - Charleston, SC

“To the Rivers family,My thoughts and prayers are with you. My mother, Mary Holladay, worked for Dr. Rivers for the majority of her nursing career. ...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Jackie Holladay Lawrence - SC

“To Franny and family: We were sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was a great man and will be missed by so many people. Dr. Rivers was a...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Bernice Martin - Charleston, SC

“I worked for Dr. Rivers at Charleston OB/GYN for many years and he was a one of a kind wonderful person. I have many wonderful memories of him and...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Rhonda Huckabee - Summerville, SC

“My heart is broken . You will never know how much this man meant to me. I have and share so many memories. He gave me my backbone for ultrasound ....Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Debbie Walker - Yonges Island, SC


Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers M.D., 86, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Mary West Rivers, entered into eternal rest Monday, November 30, 2020. His funeral service will be held graveside Friday, December 4, 2020 in Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Avenue at 1:00 p.m. To view the funeral service video please visit the following: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/3F3K6D9D7FR3KWGS. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Tommy was born July 23, 1934 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late George Lamb Buist Rivers and Ethel Rutledge Rivers. He graduated from Episcopal High School and graduated from Davidson College where he served in the Army ROTC and was a Southern Conference champion swimmer. In 1961, he graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina. Prior to beginning his OB/GYN career, he fulfilled his Army obligation as a physician at Fort Jackson. Beginning in 1968, he became one of Charleston's most prominent OB/GYN's delivering more than 7000 babies over the course of 40 years. He also served as the Chairman of the OB/GYN Department of Bon Secours St. Francis.

Tommy was a member of St. Andrews Church of Mt. Pleasant, where he served as a member of the vestry. He was a member of the Middleton Hunt Club, a charter member of the Bachelor's Society of Charleston, a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and a founding member of The Sportsmen. He was a senior member of the St. Andrews Society of Charleston and was a member of the St. Cecilia Society.

Anyone who knew Tommy knew his contagious passion for birds, wildlife, wildflowers and shrimping in the creeks. Known as an amateur ornithologist, he helped to rediscover the Bachman's warbler in South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary of Charleston, SC; seven children: Elizabeth Rivers Meadows (Glenn), Frances Rivers Slay (Brian), Elise Rivers Kennedy (Sean), Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers, Jr. (Lisa), Caroline Pinckney "Cacky" Rivers (Angelo), William Thomas Rivers (Charlotte) and Ellen Rutledge Rivers (Taylor); twelve grandchildren: Charles Heath Heyl IV, Anne Heyl Kody, Eliza Turner Heyl, Alston Rivers Slay, Richard Andrew Slay, Kyle William Kennedy, Madeleine Elise Kennedy, Charlotte Elizabeth Lazarus, Moultrie Rutledge Rivers Williams, Caroline Pinckney Williams, William Alexander Rivers and Abigail West Rivers; sister-in-law, Carroll W. Rivers; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Lamb Buist Rivers, Jr.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Church of Mount Pleasant, 440 Whilden Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or The Center for Birds of Prey - Avian Conservation Center, 4719 North Hwy 17, Awendaw, SC 29429.