|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1899|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 1970|
From the Bennington Banner November 3, 1970
Dr. J.C. Armstrong dies, dean of local physicians
Dr. John Cordes Armstrong of North Bennington, dean of the medical community here, which he had served for more than four decades, and an outstanding citizen, died Monday night at Putnam Memorial Hospital after a comparatively short illness. He was 71.
The physician-surgeon, a former chief of staff at the local hospital, had practiced medicine in this area longer than any of his colleagues and news of his passing has saddened a large circle. He had been practicing exactly 42 years to the day at the time he was taken ill on duty in the emergency room at the hospital. During World War II, Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Frank J. Hurley were the only active doctors on the Putnam staff and this required their taking three months on call duty at a time.
Dr. Armstrong was well known in the medical fraternity since setting up his practice in 1928. He had been on the obstetrical staff of the hospital since 1928 and in 1961 said that he had delivered 2,200 babies. Since 1932 he had also been an active member of the hospital's surgical staff. In his general practice he had served thousands of patients and his dedication to their needs was always manifest.
Born in Bennington on March 21, 1899, he was the son of Marcus P. and Alice (Cordes) Armstrong. A 1918 graduate of Bennington High Schools, he received his degree in medicine from the University of Vermont Medical School in 1925. He and the former Nellie Clarke Mason were married in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov 22, 1926.
His internship was at Central Islip, Long Island, the Lying-In Hospital and Wyckoff Heights Hospitals in New York City from 1925 to 1927.
Dr. Armstrong had been plant physician and surgeon at Union Carbide Co. since 1942. He had also been the plant physician at Eagle Square Mfg. Co. in Shaftsbury, Cushman's in North Bennington and the E-Z Mills during his career.
He opened his office in North Bennington soon afterward and had always maintained his office in the North Village. He was a licensed doctor in both Vermont and New York States.
In between his busy schedule, he had managed to serve his community. For 30 years, from 1932 to 1962, he was on the North Bennington School Board and was its chairman several times during that long period. His interest in the school in North Bennington and in education in general was unflagging.
Dr. Armstrong was a great raconteur and his reminiscences were always anticipated. He had a jovial way, but was nevertheless outspoken. In his brief vacations, he had enjoyed travelling. In his younger years, he was an ardent fisherman and usually spent a few days of the season at Averill. His interest in town history and knowledge of it was vast.
He was a World War I Army veteran.
At the time of his death he was one of the physicians at Green Mountain Park in Pownal. He had belonged to the Bennington County Medical Society since its conception, was a member of the Vermont Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was a 50-year member of Mt. Anthony Lodge 13 F&AM, Taft Commandery, Knights Templar and of Cairo Temple, Shriners, Rutland. His other affliations had included Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at UVM and the Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity of Burlington.
Survivors besides his wife include one son, John Armstrong, Jr. of Pownal; one daughter, Mrs. Philip D. (JoAnn) Anderson of Pownal; five grandchildren; one brother, Howard F. Armstrong of Montpelier, former Vermont secretary of state; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Alicia) Percey of Bennington; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be held in the Old First Church, Old Bennington, Thursday at 1 pm. Burial will be in the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Calling hours at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home will be tonight from 7 to 9 and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the J.C. Armstrong Medical Memorial Fund through the funeral home office.
Masonic services will be held at 7 pm Wednesday night.
Marcus Page Armstrong (1864 - 1928)
Alice Cordes Armstrong (1868 - 1953)
Nellie C Mason Armstrong (1907 - 1994)*
John Cordes Armstrong (1899 - 1970)
Alicia Catherine Armstrong Percey (1901 - 1984)*
Howard E Armstrong (1903 - 1983)*
Son of Marcus & Alice (Cordes) Armstrong
Park Lawn Cemetery
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