George's Story

PORTLAND - George W. Bostwick, M.D. died at his home at 223 Harvard Street, Portland, Maine, Sunday, September 28, 2014. He was born June 6, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, to Wallace Robert Bostwick, M.D. and Eunice Ellen Clapp Bostwick.

After his father had completed internship in New Haven and residency in New York City and the birth of a sister in May, 1929, the family moved to Upper Montclair, New Jersey. In 1936, they moved to Blairstown, New Jersey, where George attended public school and then Blair Academy from which he was graduated in 1945 as

valedictorian. He had volunteered for the USNR as a hospital apprentice and was called to active duty shortly prior to graduation. After boot training and Hospital Corps School in Bainbridge, Maryland, he was assigned to St. Albans Naval Hospital and later transferred to the Brooklyn Navy Yard until discharge in February 1947 as

a pharmacist's mate third class. He attended Yale College, graduating in June 1950. He was married to Ann Goodspeed in Wilton Maine in June 1952. Their son Stephen was born two weeks prior to George's graduation from the Yale School of Medicine in June 1954. After internship and residency at Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston, the family moved to Newcastle where George opened his solo general practice in January 1956. He served on the active staff of Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta, Maine 1953-1980. He was a member of the Newcastle School Board for twenty years and occasional moderator of the Newcastle town meeting. He was secretary of the Lincoln-Sagadahoc Medical Society for twenty-one years.

Richard D. and William K. Bostwick were born in Damariscotta in 1956 and 1958 and his daughter, Elisabeth F. in 1963. Ann Goodspeed Bostwick died in January

1977 and George and Mary Ann Coombs Dyer were married that December. George served as president and secretary-treasurer of the Maine Academy of General Practice and of the Maine Society of Anaesthesiologists. He became a Charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice through examinations in 1960, 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984,and 2000 and joined the faculty of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Practice Program in Bangor in 1980. He earned added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine in 1988 and 1998-2008. He served as Chief of Family Practice for over eight years. He earned certification as a nursing facility Medical Director and served Ross Manor in Bangor in that capacity until his retirement in 2007. George and Mary Ann moved to Nobleboro in 2003 and built a house on Moody's Island in 2004. He was an avid reader and stamp collector with major interests in the history of cancellations showing changes in place-names under different administrations and of trade and mail routes by way of the Suez Canal.

George was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Goodspeed Bostwick, by his son, Stephen, his parents, his sister, Anne, and his uncle, Richard Clapp. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Portland and Nobleboro, sons, Richard D. Bostwick of Hallowell and William K. Bostwick of the Merchant Marine, and daughter, Elisabeth Bostwick and her husband, Peter Bradford of Scarborough, brother, Richard C. Bostwick and wife, Tema Hecht of New York City; and sister, Eleanor Crownfield of Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Nanette Dyer-Blake and her husband, and son, Jeffrey Blake, Esq. and Benjamin Jasper Blake and Matthew Colin Dyer, Esq. and his wife, Jeanne Wells of Turner Maine; as well as his daughter-in-law, Candace Clingan Bostwick of Herndon, Virginia and grandsons, Robert of Washington State and John Bostwick of Colorado, his uncle, Theodore Clapp of Alna and his adopted granddaughter, Natalya Grokh of Shanghai, China.

Per George's request there will be no formal services.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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