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MANCHESTER, Mass. -- Dr. Roger Francis Greenslet, retired physician, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 at his home in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He was 83.

The elder of two sons, Dr. Greenslet was born on July 22, 1921 in Bennington, Vt. His parents Francis Greenslet and Lula (Lovejoy) Greenslet were longtime residents of Bennington and active community members.

In 1939, Dr. Greenslet was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania where he studied optometry and received his degree in 1943.

The advent of World War II saw Sgt. Greenslet shipped out to England and subsequently to Europe where he spent three years as a medic in the Army’s 45th Field Hospital unit. The 45th Field Hospital was attached to Patton’s Third Army and cared for troops during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Dr. Greenslet enrolled in the University of Vermont to fulfill his dream of becoming a medical doctor. He received his M.D. in 1953.

While at UVM, Dr. Greenslet met his future wife, Kathryn Eaton. The couple was married in June of 1950.

An opportunity to serve his medical internship and residency at Beverly Hospital, brought Dr. Greenslet and his young family to Massachusetts.

In 1955, Dr. Greenslet moved his family to Manchester where he practiced medicine until 1969. During these years Dr. Greenslet was a familiar sight on the roads of Manchester making house calls, on the sidelines of Manchester Jr./Sr. High School football games, and, occasionally, on Singing Beach under his signature red umbrella.

In 1969, due to illness, Dr. Greenslet reluctantly closed his private practice. The following year he accepted Beverly Hospital’s invitation to help design the first emergency room department. Dr. Greenslet served as chief of the emergency room department at Beverly Hospital until 1975 when he was approached by GTE/Sylvania to work in yet another branch of medicine.

As medical director for GTE/Sylvania International, Dr. Greenslet was able to create and supervise medical facilities for GTE employees around the globe. From his office on Endicott Street in Danvers, Dr. Greenslet traveled to GTE facilities in Haiti and Europe.

In 1986, Dr. Greenslet retired from GTE. He and his wife traveled extensively and worked on community projects. Dr. Greenslet contributed his writing skills to two histories of Manchester, focusing on the history of medicine in the town.

Dr. Greenslet had a lifelong love of music, and was never happier than when playing the piano, church organ or singing. Dr. Greenslet was a member of numerous church choirs, university choral groups, and a charter member and lifelong friend of the Helmsman singing group.

Dr. Greenslet leaves his wife of 54 years, Kathryn (Kathy); two daughters, Karen Stewart of Barnard, Vt. and Beth Greenslet of Manchester; a granddaughter, Jennifer Foster of Salem; two grandsons, Stephen Stewart of Berkeley, Calif. and Andrew Stewart of Concord, N.H.; and one great-grandson, Dylan Stewart. Dr. Greenslet is also survived by his younger brother, Howard Greenslet of North Bennington, Vt. and his nephew, David Greenslet of Bennington, Vt.

A memorial celebration of Dr. Greenslet’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish Church Congregational in Manchester. A private burial will be held at a later date in Weston.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Gloucester office of the Visiting Nurse Association of the North Shore, 8 Angle St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or VNA Care Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923; or to Beverly Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are by the Lee, Moody and Russell Funeral Home, 9 Dane St., Beverly.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 23, 2004
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