NEW CASTLE — Dr. Thomas W. Quinn, 87, of New Castle, N.H., formerly of Milton, Mass., died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May, 22, 2011.
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He was predeceased by his wife, Tess Quinn, on Nov. 23, 2008.
Born Jan. 5, 1924, in Springfield, Mass., Dr. Thomas Quinn was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Springfield, Mass., and attended St. Michael's College in Vermont. He attended University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry where, after six months, he requested active duty, enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Medical Corps and worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was then transferred to Port of Spain, Trinidad, where he was responsible for an emergency medical station. After two years of duty, he was ordered to enter Officers Training School at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, received his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1945, and was honorably discharged as Ensign USNR. He entered Tufts University School of Dental Medicine from which he graduated with honors.
In November, 1945, he married his best friend, Thérèse Potvin (Tess), and began a fruitful and happy 63-year marriage. He enrolled in the Oral Surgery residency program at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following the completion of his residency, he received an academic appointment at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Oral Surgery, and later advanced to the position of clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He and his family lived in Quincy, Weymouth, and Milton, Mass.
Dr. Quinn served as the Chief of Oral Surgery at Quincy City Hospital, and Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Carney Hospital, Dorchester. Dr. Quinn also served as Vice President of the medical staff at Carney Hospital. Dr. Quinn established a private practice, and was the Founder and President of South Shore Oral Surgery (a group practice) in Quincy, Mass.
During his career, Dr. Quinn belonged to a select group of oral surgeons who were early pioneers in the development of the safe administration of intravenous anesthesia for ambulatory patients. He received many honors including appointments as President of the Massachusetts Society of Oral Surgeons, and President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was also president of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, where he received the Heidebrink Award for his work in anesthesia. The American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery started an annual lecture in Dr. Quinn's name several years before his retirement in 1988. A lecture in his name was also established by the Massachusetts Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and he won the Horace Wells Award, an annual award given to those advancing the science of anesthesiology.
After retirement, Dr. Quinn took up a second career in painting. He studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and continued his education with outstanding watercolorists throughout the U.S. He painted portraits and landscapes and many of his paintings hang in homes throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
For 40 years, Dr. Thomas Quinn was a marathon runner, and mentored friends and strangers in the joys and benefits of running. He competed in races throughout New England, and ran numerous marathons, including the Boston and NYC marathons. Dr. Quinn continued running 5 miles a day until the late age of 80. He was also an avid golfer.
The Quinns retired to New Castle, where they spent many happy years together. Dr. Quinn's artwork was seen on the New Castle Annual Road Race T-shirts for 13 years. There is a popular sculpture by a local artist of Dr. Thomas Quinn on the Great Island Common overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in New Castle.
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Quinn are survived by three daughters, Christine Quinn-Thibodeau and husband, Robert Thibodeau of York, Maine, Susan Quinn Eckart and husband, Josef Eckart of Anger, Germany, Carol Quinn of Venice, Calif., and a son.
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Quinn are also survived by eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church, 2075 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, N.H. on Wednesday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Oceanside Cemetery, New Castle. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com for directions and on line condolences.
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Published in Fosters from May 24 to May 25, 2011