Dr. Arthur M. Coddington II
1920 - 2018
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Dr. Arthur M. Coddington

Vestal - Dr. Arthur M. Coddington, II passed away peacefully December 29, 2018 at the NYS Veteran's Home in Oxford, NY after a short illness. His three children were with him. Art was born April 19, 1920 in Johnson City, NY to Marie Corwin and Arthur Michael Coddington. After 64 years of marriage, he was predeceased by his wife Margie in 2012. He is father to Dr. Jane A. Coddington, Norwich, NY, Arthur M. Coddington III, San Leandro, CA and Mary Spezzano (Bill), Livonia, NY. He adored his three grandchildren Patrick, Sean and James Spezzano. He was the last surviving sibling to Carl Coddington, Marie Lowery, Jim Coddington and Anne Gorman. He is survived by in-laws, Mary Grace Coddington, Bette Rae Nealon, Jerry Rollo and Claudia Nealon. He was uncle to 30 nieces and nephews. Art graduated from Johnson City High School in 1938 where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1939, where he was also a standout athlete. He graduated from Princeton University in 1943 majoring in Biology in preparation for medical school. Art played varsity baseball, rugby and was quarterback of the undefeated 150-pound football team. He lettered in all three sports. He was a faithful member of Tiger Inn dining club and visited whenever he was on campus. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1946, followed by an internship at Robert Packer Hospital for two years. He then served as a US Army Captain during peacetime in Japan and Korea as a medic. Upon returning home he completed two residencies, one in Pathology at Robert Packer and another in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 1952, he established a private practice in Pediatrics in Johnson City. He opened Tier Acne Clinics in 1990, with locations in Ithaca, Johnson City and Norwich. At various points in time, he was physician for Johnson City and Binghamton school districts, worked overnights in the ER at Wilson UHS and part-time at the Binghamton University Health Services Center. Art had many passions and interests. He required little sleep and that afforded him 18+ hours each day to pursue these. First and foremost, he loved family and home. Margie and his 3 children were top priorities. Their wellbeing assured, he their immersed himself in their interests and wove them within his endeavors and activities. Though viewed as quiet and soft-spoken, he served in leadership and service roles throughout his life. He was past President of Johnson City Rotary, advocate of PolioPlus, king of the poinsettia sale, instigator of Doc's raffle and strong supporter of the youth exchange program. He served on the Johnson City school board and reunion committees. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul choir and served on parish council. He was active in Princeton alumni work, especially introducing high school scholar athletes to the university. Voted 'peppiest' by his high school classmates, he was happy to be amidst a party or celebration… loudly cheering at a Princeton game…relaxing with friends or close family with laughter and fun… or playing at the beloved Geneganslet cottage, the '7 Cs'. At an early age, he understood the value of recording these special times on many reels of home movies and showing them at camp or during special gatherings. Art was a unique constellation of attributes and characteristics. He was methodical, creative, a visionary, an extreme planner, a compassionate healer, a physician who went as lightly as possible on medication and as strongly as possible on nature - water, sleep and the comfort of love and caring. His thought process could be a challenge for mere mortals to follow and the detail frustrating. Yet the outcome was most often spectacular. Art was an extremely kind and thoughtful man. Throughout his 98+ years, many people have been on the receiving acts of his quiet acts of helping, healing and kindness. If he saw a need and could 'help out,' he did so without pause. These qualities made him the person and physician that he was. A funeral mass will be offered Saturday, January 12, 11 AM at Blessed Sacrament/St. Vincent de Paul Church, 465 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY. The family will receive friends January 11 at the Barber Memorial Home, 428 Main St. Johnson City, 4:30-7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Art may be made to Rotary International, End Polio Now or Doctors Without Borders.

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April 14, 2019
I was one of his patients, amazing man. He identified a hip defect right after I was born in 1961. He even custom designed a brace to form a hip socket that I was missing. I am walking today because of Dr. Coddington. I am forever grateful.
Karin Tripp
January 16, 2019
I had worked for Dr Coddington for over 20 years. He was by far the most knowledgeable person I have ever known. My son Troy was his very last pediatric patient, back in 1995. For several years my whole family including my Mother and Father would get our flu shots along with Dr C Thanksgiving time and wish each other the best for the holidays. His calling hour was certainly unique and most helpfull to his patients and families. He took such wonderful care of my family (along with everyone elses) and helped me forge the wonderful grown up children I have today. My sincere condolences to the Coddington family. I am so proud to have spent 20 plus years working with him. God bless
tammi scales
January 15, 2019
I am 51 yrs old, Dr. Coddington was my pediatrician and I absolutely have memories of a kind man. I remember my mother especially appreciated "call in" hour from 8am-9am (I believe) when he would take calls from parents about their child's illness and advise them in order to avoid an office visit if possible. This showed sincere care for his patients. We were privileged to be under his care.
Wendy Weintraub
January 15, 2019
For my 50th birthday, my mother presented me with the original bill from Dr. Coddington for my delivery at Ideal Hospital in 1962. Only $20! As an infant, I suffered pneumonia twice and was doctored back to health under his care. You brought me into this world and kept me here, thanks Dr. Coddington!
Eric Ruehlman RPH
January 13, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Coddington's passing. He was our daughters' pediatrician for many years. He was kind and gentle with all 3 of them. He was definitely "old school" , but always had sound advice from simple sore throats to caring for a facial injury. His calling hour every morning (always with the same greeting "ahemm..Dr. Coddington") was unique and very helpful every time we used it. He was a great man and doctor. We were fortunate to have known him. Denise and Bruce Kellett, Carly, Kara and Kimberly
denise kellett
January 13, 2019
Dr. Coddington provided acne care to my children about 10 years ago when they were adolescents and I fully appreciated his conscientious and very detailed approach which happened to be very effective. He was a kind and concerned man. So sorry for your loss.

Janice Pegels MD
Janice Pegels
January 11, 2019

Deepest sympathies on the passing of your Dad. He and my Dad were buddies in high school and I used to love to hear the stories about their time on the JC football team. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda G.
January 10, 2019
We trusted the welfare of our childrens' health to this wonderful man. He was a wonderful children's physician. A model for all pediatricians! RIP, Doctor Coddington....
John Tobias
January 10, 2019
Dr. coddington, was a good and honorable man.
Dr.and Ispent many Saturday afternoons, on the side lines of Johnson City football, with the Dr, I as the athletic trainer, as we cared for not only our own injured but the opponet injuries, as well. I allways marveled, at his love for the player, no matter the color of the uniform. My sincerest condolences, to the family. God Bless Dr. rest in peace. Tony Cleary retired athletic trainer.
January 10, 2019
I do remember Dr Coddington. He would call every year to ask if my office would buy a Poinsettia for the JC Rotary. I always agreed. Our community ils better because of his presence.
Dr Joseph T. Hogan
January 9, 2019
Jane and Family: Sorry to hear about your loss and know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Mark and Cindy Gardiner
Cindy Gardiner
January 6, 2019
Dr. Coddington was the best. He was my pediatrician when I was a child. I used to see him and his wife at Pierce's Restaurant in Elmira every so often and we would talk about our families, as we are cousins.
He will be sorely missed and remembered fondly as a soft spoken, gentle man.
His family will be in our prayers.
Pat Harding
January 5, 2019
I was Dr. Coddington's very first patient. He treated me for my first 18 years at no cost. Later in life I became an R.N. in the Binghamton school district and he did school physicals on our children. He was a sweet man.
Roseanne Massara-Tyler
January 5, 2019
Dr. Coddington was a kind, gentle man and a wonderful neighbor. It was a joy to watch him tending to his garden, always wearing his huge-brimmed hat. His family has our sympathy.
The Karres
January 4, 2019
Dr. Coddington was me and my sister's pediatrician and doctor for many years. He was a great doctor and a really caring and kind individual. I have a lot of fond memories of him. Please accept our condolences.

The Briggs Family
Sarah Anzalone (Briggs)
January 3, 2019
My late father, Dr. Morris Goodman, was a pediatrician here in Binghamton and a long-time colleague of Dr. Coddington. I met Dr. Coddington several times, including at Dad's funeral in 2010. Please accept my condolences.
Philip Goodman, M.D.
January 3, 2019
I wasn't sure that I would recognize Dr. Coddington, I haven't seen him since I graduated from the practice at 18 years old. But sure enough, I recognize that gentle smile that hovers on a smirk. I'm now 48 years old with a 16 year old daughter and a 20 year old son. We remember him fondly as a very practical, cautious and kind man. We knew we were in good hands and he had our trust. I hope that his life was as blessed as those of us in his care.
Julie Shoudy Holland
January 3, 2019
To. Jane & Family , please accept our deepest sympathy & prayers ..
Gordon & Lorraine Campbell
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