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William A. Blodgett M.D.

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William A. Blodgett M.D. Obituary
Blodgett, William A. M.D.,

94, died at home on December 14 2014.

He was the middle son of Uri and Frances Blodgett of Watertown, NY, and was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Donald Blodgett of Watertown and Col. Rex Blodgett, U S Army retired, of Arlington, VA.

Dr. Blodgett graduated from Columbia University and Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons after which he trained at St Luke's Hospital where he was Chief Resident. He completed his training in internal medicine as a Captain in the U S Army during and after World War II in Texas and Boston.

He met his first wife, Jean Graves Blodgett, while both were in medical school and in 1952 started his private practice in Louisville, her maternal family's home. She preceded him in death in 1961.

His was a teaching practice affiliated with the Louisville School of Medicine and spanned 52 years of outstanding medicine in Louisville. He was admired by his colleagues and beloved by his many patients for his superb diagnostic ability as well as his exceptional kindness and loving care to all he treated.

Dr. Blodgett retired after 52 years of practice, primarily at Norton Memorial Hospital. His passion for medicine was hard to replace in retirement but his life-long loves of fly fishing and wing shooting filled much of his time, especially with his wife, Weasy, and children, who made it easy for him in his later years. Pursuit of his other passion, golf, was cut short by back problems and an incurably high handicap.

His intellectual stimulation came from voracious reading and the papers given by and to his convivial friends in the Helium Club and the Speakeasy.

Dr. Blodgett is survived by his wife of 25 years, Louisa Kimmel Blodgett; his sons, William A. Blodgett Jr (Libba) and Dr. John Blodgett (Laura) of Billings, MT; his daughters, Jane Pallister (John) of Battleground WA, and Kate Blodgett (James Welch); and step-children, William MacLean and Weasy MacLean; as well as five grandchildren, William Blodgett III, Elizabeth Blodgett, Josephine Welch, Jean Pallister, Robert Pallister; and two step-grandsons, Angus Middleton and Stuart Middleton.

The family is grateful to Sandra Sherley, Nancy Fulton, Anita Swift and Ezell Smith the many other generous caregivers at The Episcopal Church Home, VNA and Hosparus, who befriended him as they helped provide recent care.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Greater Louisville Medical Society Foundation, 101 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY, 40202; Hosparus of Louisville, P.O. Box 35425, Louisville, KY, 40232-9892, The Healing Place at 1020 W. Market, Louisville, KY, 40202; The Kentucky School of Art, 845 S. Third St, Louisville, KY, 40203; or another .

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2014
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