Mims Aultman, a physician who spent 25 years in the Army Medical Corps, died Dec. 11 at the Knollwood Military Retirement Residence in Washington. He was 85.

He had dementia, said a nephew, Bill Crowell.

Dr. Aultman entered the Army as a doctor in about 1957 and had many assignments to military medical facilities in the United States and overseas. He was commander of the 12th Evacuation Hospital in the Cu Chi district of Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.

In the 1970s, he held training and education positions with the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington. He later commanded military hospitals at Fort Jackson, S.C., and in Panama before retiring from the Army as a colonel in 1982.

After a year in private practice in Texas, Dr. Aultman settled in Washington. From 1984 to 1993, he was director of health-care services at the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington.

He also served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University and was chairman of the board of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia.

Mims Crowell Aultman was born in Meigs, Ga., and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta in 1949. He was a 1953 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, which presented him with a distinguished alumnus award in 2004. He received a master’s degree in health administration from Baylor University in Texas in 1971.

He volunteered at the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He had no immediate survivors.

— Matt Schudel