Kent, Dr. Edwin
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Dr. Edwin Head Kent died peacefully on December 18, 2012 at home in Greenwich, CT. Born August 1, 1916 in the Province of Ontario Canada,he was the son of William Kent and Eileen Frances Head, Dr. Kent was a direct descendent of Jamcs Kent (b. 1763), an important figure in American Judicial History. Edwin graduated from Westminster School in Simsbury, CT in 1935. He was captain of the swim team in 1932 and was theirhigh-point scorer while breaking the school's 100-yard backstroke and breaststroke records. Dr. Kent earneda Bachelorof Science degree from Columbia University, graduated from New York University Medical School with a degree of Ophthalmology in 1943, and completed his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1944 he served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the south of Franceduring World War II. Upon his return, Dr.Kent practiced Ophthalmology in Greenwich CT. He served on staff at the Greenwich Hospital in the department of Surgery, Section of Ophthalmology and was Section Head of Ophthalmology for a number of years. In 1982, Dr. Kent was appointed Vice President of the Medical Society at Greenwich Hospital with Dr.J. Brooks Hoffman (President) and Dr. Philip McWhorter (Secretary). In 1989, Dr. Kent retired after many years of private practice in Greenwich Dr. Kent had many passions including sailing, woodworking and swimming. Dr. Kent's passion for sailing stemmed from his family's legacy and followed him throughout his life. In 1951 he joined Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and remained the second longest member to date. In 1976 he became a member of the Storm Trysail Club and in 1985 joined the Cruising Club of America. Dr. Kent's sailboats all carried the name "Gorilla" after his grandfather William Kent's boat, the first of the Forty Footers in 1889. The original "Gorilla" was the first of the centerboard forty to be flush deckedgiving it a tremendous ability to carry sail. In addition to sailing, Dr. Kent was an avid furniture maker in the Queen Anne style, making Grandfather clocks, highboys, side tables, all enjoyed by friends and family. Lastly, Dr. Kent continued to love swimming and swam at the YMCA of Greenwich into his 90's. Dr. Edwin Head Kent was predeceased by his wife Evelyn Endresen Kent and is survived by their daughter, Siri Lorillard Kent of Greenwich, CT. In addition Edwin Kent is survived by his two children, William Kent of Norwalk, CT and Amanda Kent Breaznellof Chester, CT and granddaughter Lisa Breaznell of Chester, CT and two great grandsons, Tomas Kent Dahl and Mathew L. Dahl of Chester,CT as well as two step sons,Bruce Buckner Allen of Ridgefield, CT and Dexter Endresen Allen of Rowayton, CT and four step grandsons. A private memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Church, Tuxedo Park, NY where the Lorillard and Kent family plot is located. A local memorial service will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Kent may be made to the Greenwich Hospital Home Hospice Care, 500 West Putnam Avenue, Suite 150, Greenwich, CT 06830.
Published in GreenwichTime on Dec. 28, 2012