PETER DUNHAM ALDEN, MD - June 12, 1933 - Sept. 23, 2013 - BURLINGTON - Peter Dunham Alden, MD, of Burlington, passed away on Sept. 23, 2013, after a long illness. Dr. Alden grew up in Hempstead, Long Island. He was the third child of Harriet Edwards Dunham Alden and Dr. Ruel Lawrence Alden. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, with postgraduate medical training at New York Hospital and Yale New Haven Medical Center. After serving two years as a captain in the US Army, he moved his young family to Burlington where he practiced Internal Medicine with a specialty in Gastroenterology for 32 years. He was a founding partner of Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington, an Attending Physician at MCHV, assisted in the clinical training of medical students at the UVM College of Medicine, and cared for hundreds of area residents. An exemplary physician, Dr. Alden was highly regarded by his colleagues and students. Bow ties and a humble short white coat, usually reserved for medical students and interns, were his hallmarks. Dr. Alden is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan Everett Bliss Alden; sister, Priscilla Alden Button of Summerville, S.C.; three children, John Alden (Deborah Scott Alden) of Essex Junction, Julie Alden May (David May) of Mechanicsville, Va., and Holly Alden Burns (Stephen Burns) of Andover, Mass.; and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Alden Little of Lincoln, Mass. In addition to his busy professional and family life, Dr. Alden was active with the Green Mountain Club, Camp Abnaki, numerous local and national conservation associations, and local canoe and tennis clubs. He was an avid white water enthusiast, hiker, tennis player and back county skier. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the VNA, the staff at the Arbors in Shelburne, and to the many friends and neighbors who have helped during his illness. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Assisting the family is the Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations ca be made to the Vermont Chapter, American Parkinson's Disease Association; The Nature Conservancy; The Green Mountain Club.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 27, 2013