|Birth: ||Nov. 3, 1878|
|Death: ||May 5, 1969|
[excerpts from obituary published Tuesday, May 6, 1969, Springfield Union]
Dr Amber Angelia Starbuck, 90, of Middlefield, for 30 years a physician attached to the Springfield District Court probation office, a former superintendent of Wesson Memorial Hospital and a general practitioner in Springfield for many years, died Monday in Pittsfield General Hospital...
operated a health farm in Middlefield called "The Big House" since 1928; was chairman of the Middlefield Planning Board since it was organized in 1938; was fired by Judge William J Granfield in 1948 amidst a heated controversy in District Court circles, ending a 30-year career for alleged "political meddling," a charge she strenuously protested; continued with her regular practice, driving her own car on her daily rounds; on her father's side she was a direct descendant of Mary Starbuck, dau of Edward Starbuck and Tristam Coffin, first white child born on Nantucket; on her mother's side, the Jewell family were the first settlers of Wollaston, and the Holmes family, linen weavers, settled Jaffrey and Peterborough, N.H.; graduate Turners Falls High School, specia study at Tufts College for one year, received AB degree; came to Springfield in 1907 as a pathologist and anesthetist at Wesson Memorial Hospital, for next two years was superintendent of the hospital and then began the general practice of medicine in 1910; largely through her efforts that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children set up a branch in Springfield; an incorporator of the Children's Aid Society; in 1928 bought property in Middlefield and turned it into a health farm, for years, many persons, most of them from the Springfield area, spent their summer vacations there at what she later called "The Big House" in the center of town; in 1945 Cody Cottage, part of the health farm was destroyed by fire; she turned the land over to the town for use as a playground and donated another plot containing a small pond to the Middlefield Conservation Committee for future development; was a member of the Middlefield Grange; retired from active practice five years ago [age 85] and since that time lived with a housekeeper in her home in Middlefield, spending winters in St Petersburg, Fla; continued to maintain her strong interest in all affairs of the town and the Middlefield Congregational church, her home always open to church groups; since last November, when many friends and town residents gave a party in honor of her 90th birthday, has been confined to the hospital twice; was a member of Homeopathic Medical Society, Mass. Surical and Gynecological Society, Springfield Academy of Medicine, Mercy Warren Capter DAR, the College Club of Springfield, Boston University Alumni Assoc., Springfield League of Women voters, member for many years of Church of Unity in Springfield; never married, leaves a nephew Dr George N Starbuck of New Bedford; funeral at Dickinson-Streeter funeral home, burial in Springdale Cemetery Turners Falls.
[contributed by Anonymous]
George Starbuck (1849 - 1932)
Elizabeth Josephine Holmes Starbuck (1855 - 1934)
Amber Angelia Starbuck (1878 - 1969)
Joseph Nathaniel Starbuck (1880 - 1943)*
George William Starbuck (1882 - 1929)*
Created by: Dale & Patti
Record added: Oct 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118761740
thank you for caring for George and his children. Peace and blessings be with you.|
Added: Mar. 25, 2015