Dr. James T. Bailey
Danville, Vt — Dr. James T. Bailey M.D., 85, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25th, 2013 at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Dr. Bailey was born on June 28, 1928 in Whitefield, N.H. to Walter and Grace (Hanscom) Bailey.
He is survived by his beloved wife Mary of Danville, Vt., their two sons; Ian of Denver, Colo., and Ross of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also survived by six children from his first marriage: John and wife Jean of Burlington; Kathryn and husband William B. Hoyt of Hartland, Vt.; Tom and wife Deborah of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Jody and husband Dr. Christian Tvetenstrand of Binghamton, N.Y.; Anne and husband Lewis Burridge of Middleburg, Va.; Molly and husband David Austin of Surry, N.H.; grandchildren: Andrew and Eric Bailey; Caitlin Bisson-Hoyt; Grace Bailey; Emily, Astrid and Per Tvetenstrand; Amanda, Allison and Sam Burridge; twins Abby and Sophie Austin; a great grandaughter, Nunzi Nelson. He is also survived by a sister, Barbara Ghioto of Leesburg, Fla.; brother and sister-in laws: John and Denyse Daly of St. Johnsbury; Patrick and Jane Dewitt of Lansing, MI; James and Donna Ferguson of Amityville, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother John; brother-in-law, Joseph Ghioto; J.P. Lanctot, and nephew Owynn McGinley.
Dr. Bailey was a graduate of Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River, Vt. He attended Dartmouth College, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 and his Masters in Science in 1952 from the University of New Hampshire. Following his graduation from UNH, he attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before entering medical school at the University of Vermont in 1953. Dr. Bailey received his M.D. from UVM in 1956. Following his internship at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, he completed his two year residency training at Portland’s Maine Medical Center. In 1958 He came to Vermont and started his general practice in Lyndonville above Edmund’s Pharmacy. He became a member of the New England Obstetrical and Gynecological Society in 1962 and in 1972, began a specialized obstetrics and gynecology practice with Joseph C. Bamford, Jr., M.D. in St. Johnsbury. Dr. Bailey briefly retired from his obstetrics practice in 1993 when he returned to general practice in Lyndonville. Upon request from Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) he returned to obstetrics and continued his life long work until 1998.
In his formative years he lived next door to the hospital in Whitefield, N.H. He believed that is where the motivation for becoming a doctor began, and his father’s admonition to choose a profession where “you can be your own boss”. He often recalled charging $3 for office calls, $4 for local house calls, $5 to go to West Burke, and $12 to go to Island Pond. He rode snowmobiles in winter and tractors during mud season to get to his patients. In “those days” it was not uncommon to be paid in maple syrup and chickens.
Jim was a purveyor of life. He was a respected breeder of Golden Retrievers and Connemara ponies. Not only did he bring thousands of children into the world, he raised eight of his own. He enjoyed big band music and loved to sing and dance. He was an avid skier and promoter of Burke Mountain. But above all, he delighted in the simple beauty of the kingdom and its’ people.
There will be a celebration of his life at the Queen of Peace Church in Danville, Vermont, January 11th, at 11:00 a.m.
Contributions to his memory may be made to: March of Dimes, Smile Train, or NVRH.