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FIELDS RICHARD LEE FIELDS, M.D. (Age 81) Of McLean, Virginia, died on October 6, 2013, due to complications of cancer at the Hospice of Queen Anne's County, Centreville, MD. Dr. Fields lived in the Virginia area for 53 years. Dr. Fields was born in Andrews, Indiana, on December 10, 1931 to Raymond and Shirley Spencer Fields. He was graduated from Andrews High School in 1948 as the class valedictorian; and was graduated from Indiana University with both an AB (1953) and an MD (1956). His medical internship was at Letterman Army Hospital, CA, 1956-1957 and his residency, otolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery, was completed at the University of Iowa, 1957-1960. Dr. Fields entered the United States Air Force in 1956, and served as the Chief of of Otolaryngology at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Plattsburgh, NY; at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, TX; and as Chief of Otolaryngology at Andrews Air Force Base, Andrews, MD. He was a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology; a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgery; a consultant to the Air Surgeon at Federal Aviation Administration; a consultant in otolaryngology to the National Institutes of Health; and Chief of Otorhinolaryngology, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. In addition to his private practice in Fairfax, Virginia, he was the president of the Fairfax Medical Society; president of the Medical Society of Virginia; chairman, Council on Constitution and Bylaws, of the American Medical Association; chairman, Medical Advisory Board, Fairfax Surgical Center; and Chairman of the Board at The Regency at McLean. Dr. Fields is survived by his spouse of 34 years, Claire Richmond Fields; son, John Bradley Fields and wife, Danelle, and granddaughters, Brooke and Breanne; daughter, Leigh Anne Fields DeCamp and husband, Joe, and grandsons, Spencer and Mark; son, Brian Keith Fields, and wife, Debbie, and grandchildren, Rachael, Michael and Abigail; son, Brent James Fields; children's mother, Betty Champion Fields; and brother, James Earl Fields. A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of Queen Anne's County Maryland or the Humane Society of Fairfax County, Virginia.Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of Queen Anne's County Maryland or the Humane Society of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 20, 2013