CHARLES COOLIDGE CUNNINGHAM - LEBANON, N.H. - Charles Coolidge Cunningham, 88, of Lebanon, N.H., died peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2013. His four children, Donald D. Cunningham, Joshua E. Cunningham, Lydia C. Cunningham, Sarah T. Cunningham, and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer C. Cornwell, were with him at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marion, (1925-2010). His brother, Thomas, died on May 23, 2013. Charles Cunningham was born in Denver, Colo., in 1924, to Thomas D. Cunningham and Isabel Coolidge Cunningham. He graduated from St. Georges School, Newport, R.I., in 1942, and then served in the European Theater during W.W.II. He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1949, and went on to earn his medical degree at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. He completed a residency in Pathology at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H. He made his home in Springfield, Vt., in 1958, and practiced at Springfield, Mt. Ascutney, and Rockingham hospitals, until his retirement in 1992. He served as a Vermont State Medical examiner for Windsor and upper Windham counties, until his retirement. During his career he was active in the Vermont Medical Society, serving as president in 1972, and receiving the societies Distinguished Service Award in 1990. He also served on the Vermont State Board of Medical Practice. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, both of Springfield, and later was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Chester, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church of White River Junction. He served his community through the United Way, The Springfield Development Corporation, and the Community Chest. He and Marion lived on Parker Hill in Springfield for over 50 years, where he enjoyed cutting wood and restoring a three bay timber frame barn. He and Marion traveled widely, visiting every continent and major land mass except Africa. They canoed throughout Canada and the U.S., and they explored every inch of the northern Connecticut River. He was a devoted member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, returning every summer for 20 years to canoe the St. Regis Lake region. He moved to the Woodlands at Harvest Hill in 2010, where he became a member of a vibrant, welcoming community. He enjoyed attending and debating new ideas in classes at the ILEAD and Institute of Livelong Learning at Dartmouth. He remained healthy and active in the Upper Valley until very shortly before his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, White River Junction, VT.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 13, 2013