Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Dr. Alfred W. Haskell

This week's obituary is for Dr. Alfred W. Haskell, who was the nephew of my great grandfather, Frank Owen Haskell. This obituary was transcribed from a clipping in my grandmother's scrapbook and is dated Nov. 29, 1957, newspaper name is unknown.

     Dr. Alfred W. Haskell, 81, of 142 High St., former director of the Maine Institution for the Blind, died last night.
     Dr. Haskell was one of Portland's earliest medical eye specialists. He was widely known in this field throughout Maine and had a distinguished record in eye surgery in army hospitals in France during World War I. He remained active in the Medical Officers Reserve Corps, achieving the rank of major in 1924.
     He was born in Portland, Feb. 8, 1876, the son of Charles A. and Mary S. Haskell. He attended local schools and graduated from Bowdoin Medical School in 1900. He was a member of the Maine Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Portland Medical Club, the Portland Club, and a former member of the Portland Board of Health.
     Dr. Haskell was a Mason and a former president of the Past Commanders Association of the Harold T. Andrews Post, American Legion.
     He was appointed director of the Maine Institution for the Blind in 1931 by Gov. William T. Gardiner.
     Surviving are a sister, Miss Louise F. Haskell, with whom he lived, and a cousin, Merrill Haskell of Yarmouth.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the State Street Congregational Church. The Rev. James W. Lenhart will officiate. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

© 2011, copyright William C. Haskell

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