Prominent V.I. doctor James Clayton dies at age 60


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ST. THOMAS - The doctor behind one of the territory's most well-known medical practices has died.

James Clayton, owner and medical director of Red Hook Family Medical Group, died in his second home in Canmore, Alberta, on Sunday, after battling lung cancer for seven months, according to a statement provided by his practice associates.

Clayton, 60, was born and raised in New York City, though he lived in the Virgin Islands for 24 years.

He began visiting St. John in 1980, spending weeks at a time on the island, then eventually spending months at a time.

He moved to St. John in 1990, working as a physician for the V.I. government until 1997. While working for the government, he opened Cruz Bay Family Practice in 1991.

The practice eventually expanded into the Cruz Bay, Red Hook and Yacht Haven centers, all of which will remain open.

"It's going to continue for sure," said Anne Brandt, operations manager for the practice. "He just wanted his legacy to continue and his practice to carry on."

Clayton specialized in family medicine and dermatology.

He studied neuropsychology before attending medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut in family medicine and subsequently did post-graduate training in both emergency medicine and dermatology.

Clayton also was an adventurer who explored the outdoors in whatever capacity he could.

Clayton enjoyed sailing, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and adventure motorcycling.

"James was a fiercely loyal friend whose main passion in life was to provide the best medical care possible to those who crossed his path," said Lani Clark, finance manager for the Red Hook Family Practice.

Those who worked with him said that he was a generous and honest man who wanted his practice to be of the highest regard.

"He had his vision of what he wanted his medical practice to be. Nothing was ever able to lower his standards or his vision of what he wanted his practice to be," Brandt said.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Lee Eng Khauv; his sister, Vivian Clayton; and his friends, according to the statement provided by the practice.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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