Dr. Edward Loring Ferguson

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HOLYOKE - Dr. Edward Loring Ferguson died peacefully April 7th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A life-long resident of Holyoke, he was the son of Winifred Rowe Ferguson and William Arthur Ferguson.

He graduated from Holyoke High School with honors in 1942. Dr. Ferguson served in England in the Air Force during World War II and returned to Wesleyan University, where he was a cum laude graduate in 1949. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1953 and was a surgical intern and resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He trained for a sixth year as a Moseley Fellow from Harvard Medical School, attending The Birmingham Trauma and Burn Hospital in Birmingham, England.

Dr. Ferguson returned to Holyoke to start his surgical practice in 1959 at the Holyoke and Providence Hospitals. He continued his association with the MGH as a member of the staff and clinical associate in the Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, teaching Harvard Medical students surgical techniques. He practiced general and vascular surgery in Holyoke from 1959 to 1986 and was chief of surgery at the Holyoke Hospital from 1976 to 1981. He was a member of the Hamden District Medical Society, Massachusetts Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons, New England Surgical Society, New England Society of Vascular Surgery, International Cardiovascular Society, founding member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Surgeons and Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Society.

After retiring from surgery in 1986 he practiced occupational medicine at the Military Entrance Process Station in Springfield until 2007.

He is predeceased by his brother, Lt. William A. Ferguson killed in action in 1945 in the Pacific, and his daughter, Susan Caroline Ferguson in 1982.

He leaves his wife of 55 years, Jane Gile Ferguson; his son, Edward L. Ferguson Jr., and daughter-in-law Elspeth Garnet Ferguson along with their two children, William Hunter Ferguson and Susan Loring Ferguson of Arlington, Va.; and his daughter, Laura Jane Ferguson of New York City.

Dr. Ferguson was a consummate medical professional who treated generations of Holyokers with the utmost skill, care and compassion. He was a mentor, and gave selflessly of his time and talents to his colleagues and his patients. With the exception of his medical training and military service, he lived his entire life in Holyoke and was a life-long member of the United Congregational Church as well as the Boys Club, The Beefers, and the Masonic Temple.

He enjoyed many vacations with his family either sailing or camping, and was an avid gardener, model train collector and student of history. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both The Soldiers Home and Cooley Dickinson Hospital, who cared so wonderfully for Edward in his final days.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke. Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 or Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 30 Locust Street Northampton, MA 01060.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 9, 2013