Dr. John F.
FALMOUTH - Dr. John F. Radebaugh, 93, of Falmouth, departed this world on July 3, 2018. He was an amazing human being. With a sharp intelligence, keen sense of humor, and heart full of compassion, John pursued "The path of heart" in his life. Deeply beloved by his family, friends, patients, and students, John leaves behind a legacy of love and service.
During his long career in pediatrics, family medicine, and teaching, John dedicated his life to providing quality health care to the poor and underserved. After serving as a surgical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II, John studied at Bates College and then Harvard Medical School. During this time, he married his high school sweetheart.
He often made house calls to families in need and played his harmonica to put his patients at ease. John spent his life in community service, and volunteered his services to Biafran refugee camps in Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa. Upon returning to the states, he helped develop migrant farm worker health care clinics and moved to California to work with the United Farm Workers' Union and Cesar Chavez. He was inducted into the Farm Worker Advocate Hall of Fame for his many years of service helping to improve living and working conditions for migrant farm workers. John worked in other community health care clinics before teaching and mentoring medical students at both Stanford and Dartmouth Medical Schools. He was recognized for his excellence in teaching and selfless loving service and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maine Health Care Association. His book 'House Calls With John' tells the story of his life's work caring for the poor.
After a long career practicing and teaching medicine, John continued to advocate for human rights, universal health care, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament. He lived with integrity holdings to his convictions, with a vision that embraced nonviolence and respect for all life. He was an avid reader, writer, and gardener, and loved playing harmonica. He had an adventuresome spirit and deep appreciation for nature. John told many hilarious stories of his fly-fishing experiences.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years; two sons and a daughter; and two granddaughters. John's life is an inspiration to all of us.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the:
United Farm Workers
of America, La Paz
PO Box 62
Keene, CA 93531, or
The American Friends
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Published by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jul. 22, 2018.