HAMPTON - Brigadier General (Dr.) Donald N. Vivian passed away on June 26 after a brief illness. General Vivian was born in 1922, in Schenectady N.Y., where he graduated from Nott Terrace High School and attended Union College. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree at Boston University Medical School in 1946 and his Master of Science in Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1943 and received his commission as a medical officer in the Army Air Corps in 1946. In January 1951 he attended the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he completed a residency in general surgery. In May 1954 he was transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and served as chief of surgery at the 2750th USAF Hospital. In January 1955 he took Command of the 2793rd USAF Hospital at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. In July 1957 General Vivian was transferred to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland, where he commanded the 4081st USAF Hospital. General Vivian returned to the United States in July 1960 to attend the Air War College. In June 1961 he was assigned as Deputy Command Surgeon Second Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. A year later he became Commander of the 815th Medical Group at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., and in 1965 was transferred to Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., as Commander of the 823rd Medical Group. He again went overseas in July 1967 and took commanded of the USAF Hospital Tachikawa, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan He returned to the United States in July 1970 and assumed command of the USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In April 1972 General Vivian became Command Surgeon for the Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In April 1975, General Vivian became Command Surgeon, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He became Director of Medical Inspection, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton AFB in 1978. His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He held the aeronautical rating of Chief Flight Surgeon. After retiring from the Air Force Dr. Vivian assumed the Medical Director position at El Rio Community Medical Clinic in Tucson Arizona. He retired from medical practice in 1997. He moved to The Chamberlin in Hampton in 2010. He was proceeded in death by the love of his life for 56 years, his wife Maetta Hues Vivian. Internment in Arlington National Cemetery is pending.
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Published in Daily Press on June 29, 2013