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Peter B. Blanchard

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Peter B. Blanchard

Virginia Beach - Peter B. Blanchard, M.D. passed away while recuperating at the Westminster-Canterbury Hoy Center on May 13, 2014. He fought a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in New York City on November 20, 1935 to Bernard and Elizabeth Blanchard. Already a world traveler in his formative years, Pete spent four years in Rio Di Janero, Brazil during WWII and a year in Rangoon, Burma following the war.

Pete graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan and completed his Pre-Med studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY where he met his future wife, Ursula. He earned his medical degree from New York University and interned at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT.

Dr. Blanchard proudly served 12 years in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. He completed his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital and was then assigned to the 1st Medical Battalion of the 1st Marine Division where he served one year in Danang, Vietnam. In addition, Peter served a year aboard the USS Boxer and was also assigned to the Suez Canal mine-sweeping operation in 1974.

Dr. Blanchard completed his residency in colorectal surgery at the Alton Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. Following his residency, Pete was assigned to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. He would later set up a private practice in Virginia Beach.

He was a founding member of the Church of the Holy Family, serving on the Planning Committee. He was a past president of the Virginia Beach Medical Society, where he served on the Ethics Committee. From 1982 to 1983, he served as the Chairman of the Endoscopy Committee of Humana Hospital Bayside. In 2000, he was made a lifetime member of the Medical Staff of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He also served on the Board of Directors for Russell House.

Pre-deceased by his parents and sister, E. Sheila Blanchard, he is survived by Ursula, his loving wife of 52 years, his cherished children Mary Alicia Peycelon (Frederic), Christianna Alworth (Robert), Timothy, and his beloved grandchildren, Christopher Peycelon, Mary Elise Alworth, and Isabella Peycelon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or a .

Services will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at The Church of the Holy Family at 11 o'clock. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 15, 2014
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