DAVID M. TORMEY M.D.

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DAVID M. TORMEY, M.D. - BURLINGTON - David M. Tormey, 88, of Burlington, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, with his children at his side. David was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Feb. 24, 1925, the fourth of five sons born to Frank and Molly (O'Neil) Tormey. He attended Aquinas Institute in Rochester and in 1944, graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., with a degree in biology. In 1948, he graduated from New York Medical College in New York City and subsequently did his internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. While at St. Mary's, he met a young nurse named Jane Rogers, who would soon become the love of his life. They were married on June 21, 1952, in Rochester, and soon after started a family. After completing his residency in internal medicine at Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, David entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1953 to 1954 as Commanding Officer of the 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. In recognition of his service in Korea, Major Tormey was awarded the Bronze Star. From 1954 to 1959, he continued his military service as Chief of Outpatient Service at the U.S. Army Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He served next for two years as Assistant Chief of the Department of Internal Medicine at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., prior to moving with his wife and young children back east in 1961. From 1961 to 1965, David served in various capacities in the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington, DC. In 1965, he became the National Coordinator for a program of the U.S. Department of Defense called Medical Education for National Defense, whose mission was to interest young physicians in medical careers in the armed services. During this time he developed an excellent rapport with medical schools throughout the country. For his service during this time, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Army Commendation Medal and was promoted to the rank of Colonel in September 1966. Colonel Tormey retired from the U.S. Army in 1968, after 20 years of service. In 1968, David moved with his family to Burlington and began a second career at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Beginning in 1970, Dr. Tormey served as the Assistant Dean for the College of Medicine and soon after, became the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. During the next two decades, he shepherded hundreds of young physicians-in- training through the ups and downs of medical school. He found this unique and challenging role to be enormously rewarding and satisfying. He was also an Associate Professor of Family Practice, and chaired the medical school's Committee on Instructional Improvement and Curriculum. From 1983 to 1991, Dr. Tormey also served as Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and used his considerable writing and editorial talents to develop the College of Medicine's alumni magazine. In 1991 Dr. Tormey retired from UVM, but continued to serve as Associate Dean for Alumni Relations until 1994. At the time of his retirement, the Alumni Association of the College of Medicine established the David M. Tormey Award for Perseverance in the Pursuit of Medical Education, in appreciation of his years of service to the College of Medicine and its students. Following his retirement, David found more time to pursue his interest in history and travel. In addition to visiting their children, David and Jane traveled to England, Ireland, California and Peru, and usually derived as much pleasure in planning their itineraries as they did in making the trip itself. For several years, he worked as a volunteer at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburg, and was particularly enthused whenever he met a visitor who had no idea that the Battle of Valcour Island had ever occurred, let alone without an idea of its significance. Among his interests, David loved to read, particularly books about American history and the New York Times, and would regularly send articles of interest he had cut from the paper to his children and grand- children. David took great pride and enjoyment in his home overlooking the lake in Burlington, and loved showing off to visitors recent additions which he had made to it, whether that was a new painting, some new historical miniature, or a painted gnome peeking out from between the flowers. During his last years, he took great pleasure in improving and admiring the gardens around his home, and was grateful for the dependable service and friendship of many who helped him in that effort. David was a generous and longtime supporter of a variety of local organizations, including Spectrum Youth and Family Services, COTS, the Lund Family Center, Vermont Special Olympics, the Cabot School Performing Arts program, and Lakeview Cemetery. David was predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Jane Rogers Tormey, whom he devotedly cared for at home during her declining years. He was also predeceased by two brothers, James Tormey and the Rev. Richard Tormey. David is survived by his five children, who were supported by his guidance and love for almost 60 years. They are, Nora O. Tormey of Chicago, Martha Tormey and partner, Jane Goddard, of Burlington, Katherine Tormey and partner, Wayne Pecor, of Burlington, Christopher Tormey and wife, Mary Ann, of Cabot, and Mark Tormey and wife, Carol, of Chicago, Ill. David was enormously proud of his grandchildren, and followed their travels and progress with great interest. They are, Emily, Alina and Sophie DeCarolis; Eben, David and Sam Tormey; and Griffin and Clay Tormey. He is also survived by two brothers, the Rev. Daniel Tormey of Canandaigua, N.Y., and John Tormey and wife, Jean, of Carmel, Calif.; sister-in-law, Barbara Rogers of Rochester, N.Y.; and 12 nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many caregivers who assisted David over the last several months, and in particular the skilled staff at the Vermont Respite House. The family is also very grateful for the compassionate, respectful and supportive care provided to David over the years by Dr. Joe Haddock of the Thomas Chittenden Health Center. Dr. Haddock's experience, professionalism and candor were invaluable to David's family, as well, during the last months of his life. A private burial service will take place at the Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington on March 9, 2013. The family would like to extend an invitation to all who knew him, to join in a celebration of David's life at his home in Burlington on May 4, 2013, at 4 p.m. To view the online guest book or leave a condolence, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. Contributions in David's memory can be made to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, 31 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; or The David M. Tormey Award for Perseverance in the Pursuit of Medical Education, c/o the University of Vermont College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 054050068.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2013
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