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Dr. George Gifford Jr.

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George Hussey Gifford Jr., MD Boston surgeon and member of the 1950 Harvard Crew that won the Henley Royal Regatta - died Wednesday evening December 19, 2012, at age 82 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Gifford performed surgeries on hundreds of children with congenital deformities, burns, and facial injuries throughout his distinguished career at the Boston Children's and the Brigham and Women's Hospitals. Dr. Gifford was on the faculty of Harvard School of Medicine from 1968 until his retirement in 1995. Dr. Gifford was passionate about rowing. In 1950 during his Harvard sophomore year, he was a member of the Varsity heavyweight crew that defeated Yale and went on to win the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was named an All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Association, and continued to anchor the Harvard Varsity until his graduation in 1952. Later in life he was an accomplished sweeps rower at the Masters level, winning the International Masters event for his age group in the Men's 4 with coxswain at Bled, Yugoslavia. He was an avid member of the Cambridge Boat Club. He served in the Navy on the USS Monrovia from 1952-54. He leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Anisia Allen Gifford. He also leaves his children Allen L. Gifford of Boston, George H. Gifford III of Cumberland, RI, Anisia R. Gifford of Medfield, and John T. Gifford also of Medfield, MA, as well as his grandchildren - Canaan Gifford, Taber Gifford, Anisia Lundberg, Georgia Lundberg, Colden Lundberg, William Gifford, Reuben Gifford, Adelaide Gifford, and Olive Gifford. He is survived by his sister Augusta Gifford of Washington, DC. A Memorial Service is planned later in the Spring 2013. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. For obit or to share a memory of Dr. Gifford please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com

Published in Daily News Transcript from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, 2013
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