ANDREW JESSIMAN M.D.

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JESSIMAN--Dr. Andrew,

M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S., of Nantucket, MA, died peacefully at the age of 93 in Denver, CO, on November 24, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan McIntosh Jessiman; son Alistair Jessiman and his wife Deborah, son Hugh Jessiman and his wife Gray, son Thomas Jessiman; and his nine grandchildren Hugh, Andrew, Margaret, Jane, Joan, Nigel, Cooper, Jack and Tyler Jessiman. He was preceded in death by his sister, Faith Jessiman Lees. He was born in London, England on January 13, 1924, to George Gaston Jessiman and his wife, Muriel Hannen Jessiman. He attended Stowe School in Buckingham, Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge and Westminster Hospital Medical School in England. He was then bestowed the FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons) and was the youngest to deliver the famed Hunterian Lecture to the Royal College of Surgeons. His medical education was accelerated by World War II, during which he served as a Surgeon and Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. His surgical career was enhanced by several research and teaching fellowship positions at Westminster Hospital in England, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and Harvard Medical School. His expertise was in carcinoma of the breast. In Boston, he met his wife Joan, whom he married in 1956. In 1961, he became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 1964, following a serious illness, he transitioned to the role of hospital administrator at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and earned a Master's Degree in Public Health at Harvard University. He made a lasting contribution to the delivery of community health care in his transformational role at the Brigham by establishing a Home Health Program, Neighborhood Health Centers, and a prepaid HMO under the sponsorship of Harvard Medical School. He succeeded in steering the hospital into programs that brought health care out of the parent hospital into the community. He was an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham. He retired as Vice President for Clinical, Diagnostic and Professional Services. He was particularly proud of the Andrew G. Jessiman Travelling Fellowship, endowed in 2004 by the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Foundation, to support a fellow from another country to study at the Brigham for a year as he had been invited to do early in his career. He was a spectacular fly fisherman, a pastime he loved best at his home in Sutherland, Scotland. He loved sharing fishing excursions around the world with his sons - salmon in Iceland, brown trout in Patagonia and rainbows in Alaska. He was also an accomplished, award- winning gardener at his Nantucket home. His passion for gourmet cooking was memorialized in his family cookbook he wrote after taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. He and Joanie loved to travel, and some of their best memories were of adventures shared with their family from a cruise on the SS France to an African safari to many wonderful times in Italy. He was a member of the Harvard Club of Boston, the Flyfishers' Club of Great Britain and the Nantucket Yacht Club. He will be remembered most for his great love and devotion to family, most especially his beloved wife, Joanie. They were inseparable. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts in memory of Dr. Jessiman be made to "Brigham and Women's Hospital" to support The AG Jessiman Travelling Fellowship and sent to Brigham and Women's Hospital Development Office at 116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 3, 2017
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