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Dr. David Lovejoy

1949 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Dr. David Beaton Lovejoy of Marblehead, Massachusetts, 64, respected physician, community leader, and proud and devoted father and husband, died unexpectedly on May 27 in Salem, Massachusetts. Born to Martha Smith Lovejoy and David Beaton Lovejoy, Sr., on May 12, 1949, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dave graduated from the University School of Milwaukee in 1967, where he played varsity sports, edited the school newspaper, was a prefect, and was awarded the schools Trustees Cup. During the summers of his youth, he attended YMCA Camp Manito-Wish in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. He was an avid canoe-tripper, participating inand later leadingthree-week trips in Wisconsin and Canada. Dave went on to Yale, from which he graduated cum laude in 1971 with a BA in History and honors in his major. While at Yale, he played intramural sports and led enrichment activities with New Haven schoolchildren through Dwight Hall, Yales public service center. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 1975, and continued his training with both a medical internship and surgery residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, after which he completed a second residency in orthopaedics at the Harvard Orthopaedic Combined Residency Program in Boston, specializing in rehabilitation for amputees. Following completion of his formal training, he became a founding partner of New England Orthopaedic Specialists on Bostons North Shore. In 2010, Dave accepted a position at Littleton Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire, practicing there for three years before returning to the North Shore as a fracture surgeon at Sports Medicine North. An avid student and voracious reader throughout his life, Dave was expert in a wide range of fields: from that of his Yale honors thesis, entitled China, Turkey, and the Rise of Nationalism; to that of his essay The Hospital and Society: The Growth of Hospitals in Rochester, New York in the Nineteenth Century, awarded the 1974 William Osler Medal by the American Association for the History of Medicine; to the intricacies of recycling, expertise he gained while serving, from 2010 to 2012, as chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. In his relatively brief time in Bethlehem, he assisted in projects that benefited the community, and was known as the Mayor of Bethlehem. His almost boundless knowledge and his hunger to learn endeared him to his book club in Marblehead and to anyone who had the pleasure of more than a passing conversation with him. As a teacher (among others, as a clinical instructor in orthopaedics at Harvard Medical School), he was a trusted adviser and mentor to many members of the medical community. Throughout his career, he excited students and young doctors about the wonders of medicine (sometimes teaching and operating to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, or Buckwheat Zydeco). He volunteered countless hours at the amputation clinic he established at Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital, and was one of the few doctors still making house calls. Direct and deeply principled, selfless and caring, he was a man whose name suited him perfectly, because he loved the joy of life. Daves thoughtfulness continued after his death. As an organ donor, he was able to provide treatment for burn victims, as well as the gift of sight. Dave is survived by his wife, Diane Hayes Lovejoy of Marblehead; their children Danielle and David Lovejoy; and Daves children from his previous marriage, Alice (Igor Tchoukarine) Lovejoy, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Martha (Nicholas Bomba) Lovejoy, of Arlington, Virginia, and Nathan (Jamieson Bunn) Lovejoy, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his mother, Martha Smith Lovejoy, of North Branford, Connecticut; his three siblings, Helen Lovejoy of McLean, Virginia, Stow (Beth) Lovejoy of Summit, New Jersey, and Mary (John Whistler) Lovejoy of Barrington, Rhode Island, and his AFS brother Roger Reyes of Bacolod City, Philippines. A celebration of his life will be held at Abbot Hall, Washington Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts, at 11 am on June 8, 2013.Assisting the family with the arrangements is The ODonnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem. Dave recently traveled to Senegal, andalong with his daughter Danielleworked in a clinic. In his honor, a memorial fellowship is being established for doctors who wish to share their knowledge and expertise with colleagues and patients overseas. In lieu of flowers, those interested in contributing to this fellowship may email dblmemorial@gmail.com. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.

Published in The Salem Gazette from June 4 to June 11, 2013
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