HORACE I. CRARY

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CRARYHorace Ingraham, passed away peacefully in his home on February 7, 2014 at the age of 89. A resident of New Canaan for the past 58 years, he was President and co-founder, with Dr. David S. Brown, of the New Canaan Medical Group. From their initial partnership, the Group grew to include 11 physicians and a medical lab at the time of his retirement. House calls were made at all hours of the night and on weekends and were an important part of the practice. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1924 to Miner D. Crary and Edith Ingraham Crary, he was the last surviving grandchild of Jerry, a Civil War veteran, and Antoinette Crary. He was raised in Warren, PA and their family home on Duck Island, in Northport, NY. He graduated from Deerfield Academy and received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1946. During World War II, and while at Amherst, he entered the Navy reserve, which included a year at Williams College as part of the wartime accelerated program. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, interned at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY and did his residency at Rhode Island Hospital. His training was interrupted by the Korean War, during which time he served in Portland, OR as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Following military service, he completed his training with a cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins, before starting an internal medicine practice in New Canaan, CT. Horace was active in the medical community. He was the last volunteer Chief of Medicine at Norwalk Hospital and was instrumental in the founding of Waveny Care Center and was a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, he was chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Visiting Nurse Association. He was also active in retirement, serving as President of the Greenwich Research Partners, a local investment club, and was a board member of the Senior Men's Club. His financial skills and interest in investments defied the common doctor stereotype. Being an avid athlete, he won tennis and squash tournaments in college and after, fly fished for salmon and took up paddle boarding in his 80's. In his later years golf became his passion. He had three hole-in-ones. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Arline G. Crary, his brother Miner D. Crary, Jr. and his sister Winifred A. Valens. He is survived by his four children: Jane, Horace, Jr. and his wife Susan, Dianne and Robert, three grandchildren: Gardner, Nicholas and Ian, as well as his dear friend Margaret M. Campbell. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and former patients. Services will be held at 11am on February 13th at St. Marks Church in New Canaan, CT. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County (www.visitingnurse.net) or Waveny Care Center (www.Waveny.org).

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 9, 2014
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