Dr. Vaughn R. Sturtevant

BANGOR – At 9 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, Dr. Vaughn R. Sturtevant died peacefully at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor Maine. Dr. Sturtevant was born in Jay, Maine, the first child of Norman G. and Ruth E. Sturtevant, on May 12, 1923. He was brought up in Livermore Falls, Maine where he graduated from high school in 1940. In 1941 he graduated from Hebron Academy. Following this, he went to the University of Maine for two years prior to serving in the army in World War II. He was an infantry squad leader in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and received numerous decorations including the Purple Heart and three Bronze Star Medals, one of which was for valor in the Battle of the Bulge. March 28, 1945, he was wounded in action in Germany. Subsequently he was hospitalized for over a year in various army hospitals. This year he regarded as an important year in his life, a year for reading, reflecting, and most importantly for marrying Velva Marcella Morrison. Returning to the University of Maine, he graduated in 1947. He completed his premedical studies and entered Harvard Medical School in 1948, whence he received the MD degree in 1952. For the next four years he participated in an internship and residency program at the Delaware Hospital, Wilmington Delaware, being chief resident his final year.From 1956 to 1990 he practiced medicine in Waterville, Maine. Dr. Sturtevant was a well-known specialist in internal medicine and for 13 years he was the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Thayer Hospital and the Mid-Maine Medical Center, and he served as chief of staff being the last one to serve in that role at Thayer Hospital (1974) and was the first at the Mid-Maine Medical Center (1975-1977). He was on the hospital board of trustees for several terms, and for 20 years was a member of the board of directors of Franklin Templeton (Mutual Series Fund), one of the largest and most successful global investment firms. Among Dr. Sturtevant’s many interests were music (jazz, trombone), chess, and the philosophy of science. He regarded the practice of medicine as a special applied branch of philosophy.He was predeceased by his wife of 73 years and leaves behind two sons, Norman Sturtevant, Md., and wife Cyndee of Shelburne, Vermont, and Thomas Sturtevant and wife Pamela of Naples, Florida, and a daughter, Sally Brooker and husband Rick of Orono, Maine, along with a good number of grandchildren, a sister Marilyn, plus many good friends whose assistance, wit, and forbearance made him more fortunate than most. Those who knew or worked with Dr. Sturtevant will remember him as one of the wisest and kindest souls they have ever met.

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