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DR. HOWARD RANDALL DEMING - FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dr. Howard Randall Deming died peacefully on May 5, 2013, surrounded by his family. Randy Deming was born to John G. Deming and Isabelle McGovern Deming, April 8, 1932, in St. Albans. He attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and later entered the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., as a post-graduate scholarship student, graduating in 1951. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., in 1955 and the University of Vermont School of Medicine in 1959. This was followed by internship and residency training in Radiology at the University Hospital in Burlington and the Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass. He then entered the U.S. Navy as Attending Radiologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., where he practiced for two years under the Berry Plan. Upon completion of his tour, he joined the Department of Radiology at the Maine Medical Center the summer of 1965. During his thirty years of active practice at Maine Medical, he taught residents, served on multiple committees and chaired the department between 1984 and 1987. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Maine Medical Insurance Co. He was member of the American Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, and Maine Medical Association. He was a member of the Maine Radiology Association and served as its President. He also served as its representative to the American College of Radiology, which subsequently honored him with a Fellowship for his services to local and state medical communities. Randy was a member of the Portland Country Club and Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, Fla. He loved spending free time with his family and friends water-skiing and sailing, playing golf and tennis, skiing, birding, hiking, reading, and watching his beloved Patriots. He was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy Stewart Deming; and his sister, Anne S. Deming, Lt. Col., U.S. Army Nursing Corps. He is survived by his wife, Ann Farnham Deming; his children and grandchildren: Liz, Kent, Jenna, Mandy, Ben and Kit Dauten; Kit, Dave, Ella, Wes and Lauren Farnsworth; Jon, Hannah, Grace and Norah Deming; Laura Deming; Bill, Tylee, Charlie and Dani Kessler; and Chad Kessler and Bob Colquhoun and their twins, Will and Lily. Randy, also known affectionately as "Big Daddy," is remembered for crushing hugs and his great love for his family. He had a gentle demeanor, big heart and a love for familial nicknames. His family will always be thankful for his kindness, wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. Over the last three years, Randy handled his illness with optimism, grace and dignity. Never complaining, he remained grateful for the time he was able to spend with his family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Albans Church in Cape Elizabeth. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Wildlife Dr., Sanibel, FL 33957; or the .

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 9, 2013
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