Dr. John F. Radebaugh
Dr. John F.
Radebaugh, 93
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
Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Published by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jul. 22, 2018.
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Dear John Radebaugh´s family-I graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1992 and was inspired by my house calls elective with Dr. Radebaugh. I was also the first recipient of the John Radebaugh Community Service Award. I would love to share my stories about him with you. It may sound corny but he will always be my hero. Sorry for your loss
Laura Quimby, MD
July 16, 2021
Already wrote an entry. Would love to know when the service will be. Laura Q. Thanks!!
Laura Quimby
August 16, 2018
Dr. Radebaugh changed my world when I did a family practice elective doing house calls and working in underserved clinics in NH in 1990. His passion for his work with the underserved was palpable and he taught me how to care for others using respect and a sense of humor to reach patients. I will never forget his patience, his calm and his love in caring for others.
I am sorry that I did not see him again after I left Dartmouth Medical School.
I know how much he loved his Dotty as he spoke of her often.I send my love and gratitude for a very special man. It was an honor to have known him.
Laurie Zug Quimby, MD 1 Elm St Byfield, MA 01922-please let me know when you will do a celebration of his life.
August 2, 2018
Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.
July 25, 2018
I met John as a fellow attendee of the Portland Friends (Quaker) Meeting where we discovered a mutual history of attending the Hanover NH Quaker Meeting many years before. His strong social justice beliefs informed his actions in working with Cesar Chavez and the American Farmworkers' movement, as well as in his advocacy for health care for all. Read his autobiography and you will be able to take the measure of a good man.
Heidi Johnson
July 22, 2018
A working class hero of the first order! I will never forget his presentation to the Southern Maine Labor Council where he brought the short hoe used by farm workers and played the harmonic.
Peter Kellman
July 22, 2018
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