Dr. Gibbons Gray Cornwell III
Lyme, N.H. — Dr. Gibbons Gray Cornwell III died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. The son of Gibbons G. Cornwell, Jr. and Eva Parke Cornwell was born Jan. 17, 1933, in West Chester, Pa. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1950 and Yale University in 1954.
He spent four years in the Air Force where he was trained to fly F86F jets. During that time on a trip to Nantucket Island, he met Mary Helen Fortmiller. They were married in 1958 and returned to Nantucket for their honeymoon and many family summer vacations. The following year he entered Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania and did his training in hematology. A year working as a hematologist at Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge, England was a welcome experience. In 1967, he joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School, spending two years as a research fellow in biochemistry before joining the Department of Hematology. He felt fortunate that his career combined patient care, research, and teaching.
In 1976, he and his family spent a sabbatical year in Oslo, Norway. During the 80’s and 90’s he spent time in Uppsala and Linkoping, Sweden while he was doing research in the field of amyloid.
He served as acting Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School and as acting Medical Director at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He retired in 1995 as a Professor of Pathology and Medicine Emeritus. He felt the practice of medicine was a special privilege and appreciated the close bonds he developed with many patients.
During the more than forty years he lived in Lyme, he served on the school board, budget committee and was the town’s Health Officer and chaired the Lyme Foundation. Retirement also included deepening his knowledge of computers. He developed three computer-based animated interactive programs for second-year Dartmouth Medical students. He also volunteered at the Lyme School for many years helping in the computer lab.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Cornwell of Lyme, NH; his son and daughter-in-law, Gray and Kitty Cornwell of Madbury, N.H.; two daughters, Heidi Trout and son-in-law, Bruce Trout of Ellicott City, Md., and Holly Cornwell of Portsmouth, N.H. He also leaves four grandchildren, Betsy and Helen Cornwell, and Peter and Ethan Trout; his sister, Ann Cornwell Hemphill of West Chester, Pa.; and brothers, William Cornwell of Philadelphia, Pa. and Timothy Cornwell of Devon, Pa.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Cornwell of Spring City, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Norwich, Vt. Those wishing to make gifts in Gibb’s memory may do so to The Lyme Foundation, P.O. Box 292, Lyme, NH 03768.