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Davis W. Baldwin


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Davis W. Baldwin Obituary
Davis Walsh Baldwin, MD was born in Winnetka, Illinois on July 10, 1927 to Margaret "Sis" Couffer Baldwin and John Richard Walsh Baldwin. Davis passed away on November 22, 2016, while gathered for one of his favorite family traditions; celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in Lake Tahoe.

Davis loved being in Bennington. His first visit was to his Great Aunt Mary Walsh's home in 1931. As a child, Davis spent many summer vacations in Bennington, chased the milk train and climbed the Bennington Battle Monument stairs.

Over the years, Davis was able to share and pass on his love of Bennington with his family, bringing his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with him to stay at "Eighteen". This year, Davis delighted in enjoying the peony garden in June and the fall color in October.

Davis spent a happy childhood participating in sports and school activities, delivering Saturday Evening Posts, performing as a choirboy at Christ Church, working as a camp counselor on the Great Lakes and fully enjoying life with his loving and characterful parents and younger brother Peter. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1945.

He attended Stanford University where he pledged Phi Delta Theta. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1949, Davis attended Northwestern University's Medical School where he graduated in 1953.

During the Korean War, Davis served as a Captain in the United States Air Force in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Palo Alto-Stanford University Hospital followed. In 1959 he opened his Obstetrics and Gynecology practice on Welch Road in Palo Alto.

While practicing medicine, Davis was also the director of the Stanford Hospital Gynecologic Pathology Lab and thoroughly enjoyed teaching and the opportunity to mentor medical students and residents as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford Hospital over many decades. He was an active member of various medical societies and peer review groups. In 2011 he was deeply touched to be given a Lifetime Honorary Medical Staff appointment by Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Davis was highly regarded by the legal community as well. He was a founding member and several times the Chair of the Medical Review and Advisory Committee of the Santa Clara Medical Society. He was often asked to review medical cases and testify in the courtroom.

A trusted, compassionate physician, Davis saw each patient and each pregnancy as unique. His patients' pain and joy became a part of him, and he was humbled and touched by the love and faith so many gave back to him in return.

In 1975, a new and important phase of Davis' medical career began when, as one of the first doctors to add a nurse practitioner, he welcomed Patricia Hobbs O'Malley, NP to his practice. Delight and happiness came to Davis and Patricia in 1976 when they also became husband and wife!

Davis was a loving, fun, proud champion of his 6 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Believing in the gifts of procreation, his youngest child is 33 years old, his eldest is 65 years old. In that span of time as a father, he gleefully managed to rarely miss a sports or significant event in his children's lives despite the ongoing necessity to be available to his patients around the clock. To them, their father had a knowledge base that was infinite and inspiring. He made curiosity, self-reliance, humor and compassion constant companions they can turn to forever.

Davis is preceded in death by Marie N. Baldwin of Old Bennington.

Davis is survived by his adored wife Patricia H. Baldwin, of San Francisco; son L. Blake Baldwin of Kennebunk, Maine, daughters, Lucy K. Baldwin (Jack Sweeney, Jr) of Palo Alto, Laurie A. Baldwin (Mark D. Mickelson) of Palo Alto, Bridget O'Malley Baldwin (Matthew A. Nathanson) of San Francisco, son Christopher H. Baldwin (Heather) of San Francisco, daughter Blythe B. Baldwin (Gina Ferrante) of Oakland; grandchildren Bretney Walsh Johnson (Meggan) , Prentiss W. Johnson (Nigel Mesta, Jr), Willa A. Nathanson, Sierra Baldwin, and great grandson Xander Walsh Johnson; brother Peter D. Baldwin (Terry) of Pebble Beach, 3 nieces and nephews and 5 grand nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: A memorial service for Davis will be held at Stanford Memorial Church on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. A gathering will be held at the Menlo Circus Club following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Bennington Museum, Hildene or The Old First Church.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 17, 2016
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