BANGOR - Alexander W. Sarjeant Jr., MD, 86, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, from the progression of Alzheimer's disease surrounded by family at a local nursing home. He was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Paterson, N.J., to Alexander W. Sarjeant Sr. and Rebecca Sarjeant Smith.
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Al grew up in Paterson, N.J., where he graduated from Eastside High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Sergeant and served six years. He spent time in the 82nd Airborne as a Paratrooper, which included a tour of duty in the South Pacific.
After the Army, he enrolled in Howard University, Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Zoology. He continued his education at Howard University School of Medicine, and was awarded an American Heart Association Fellowship for research on hypertension, which was later published. Al was the editor-in-chief of the Medical School Section of the University Yearbook, the "Bison" and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Dr. Sarjeant was awarded his Medical Doctor degree on June 9, 1961, and served his internship at Kings County Hospital Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a private practitioner in Nyack, N.Y., for eight years, when he relocated to Bangor, and joined practice with Dr. Stanley Evans. After several years, he opened his own private practice in Bangor, and held privileges at James A. Taylor Osteopathic Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. Al also worked at Bangor Mental Health Institute, now known as Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, for 32 years, retiring in 2004.
Al frequently mentioned that he grew up within five miles of Yankee Stadium and was an avid New York Yankees fan as well as a New York Jets fan. He enjoyed music and playing his trumpet, especially with the Brewer Hometown Band where he was a devoted member for 30 years. One of his favorite past-times, was spending time at his camp in Millinocket, reading and listening to the loons.
Al is survived by his wife, Cynthia Sarjeant of Bangor; ten children, Kenneth Rogers, Michelle Worthy, Maxine Walter, Marilynn, Marlene, and Alycia Sarjeant, Jennifer Sleight, Scott Sarjeant, Kimberly Sarjeant, and Carey Varney; and 15 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Richard; stepmother, Grace; stepsister, Peggy; and an infant daughter.
Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, Hampden.
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Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 1, 2014