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Malcolm W. Finlayson M.D.

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BENNINGTON -- Malcolm Wendt Finlayson, M.D., 88, a resident of Elm Street, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Nov. 5, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Dr. Finlayson was born on Jan. 24, 1917, in Warren, Pa. He was the son of the late Alan Finlayson, M.D., and Anna Wendt Finlayson of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

He was a 1934 graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and a 1938 graduate of Yale University. He completed his medical studies at the University of Vermont and the University of Chicago. Following his graduation he entered the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer, serving aboard ship in the South Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged at the rank of lieutenant.

He first married Marjorie Murray, who predeceased him. He married his second wife, Barbara Dohm, in Seattle, Wash., in June 1960. They relocated to Bennington in 1966 where Dr. Finlayson established his private psychiatric practice. He retired in 1986.

Dr. Finlayson was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Saratoga Sailing Club, Vermont Medical Society, American Psychiatric Association and had been on staff at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He absolutely loved horseback riding and rode as recently as this summer. He and his wife, Barbara, had taken trips to Ireland and Mexico to experience riding there. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed his home, especially gardening and tending to the lawn.

He leaves his wife, Barbara Finlayson of Bennington; a son, Scott Finlayson and his wife Denise of St. Petersburgh, Fla.; a daughter, Barbara Finlayson of Amherst, Mass.; four grandchildren, Ian, Jill and Brie Finlayson and Beth Seretta.

He was predeceased by a son, Bruce Finlayson, and brothers, Neil and Donald Finlayson.

A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Finlayson will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts in memory of Dr. Finlayson may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Malcolm W. Finlayson, M.D., please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2005
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