|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1902|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 31, 1984|
Dr. Blandina Worcester Brewster, a New York pediatrician and professor of clinical pediatrics at New York University for 38 years, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at her home in Ridgefield, Conn. She was 82 years old.
Known professionally as Dr. Worcester, she was the physician at the Chapin School in Manhattan from 1943 to 1964 and director of pediatrics at the New York Infirmary from 1954 to 1962. From 1933 to 1968, she was on the attending staff of Bellevue Hospital's Children's Medical Service.
She attended Bryn Mawr College, and graduated from Radcliffe College, in 1923 and the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1927. In 1983, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.
Dr. Worcester is survived by two sons, Carroll W. Brewster of Geneva, N.Y., and the Rev. Gurdon Brewster of Ithaca, N.Y.; a sister, Constance Worcester, of Boston, and seven grandchildren.
Extracted from the New York Times November 3, 1984
A respected physician when relatively few women were practicing medicine, Dr. Blandina Worcester was “one of the pioneer women doctors of this country, her example having inspired other women to enter the profession,” The Ridgefield Press reported in 1984 when she died at the age of 82.
Dr. Worcester was not only a leading pediatrician in New York City, but also a professor of pediatrics at a top university.
What’s more, she and her husband established a family that 80 years later, is a significant part of Ridgefield’s life.
A native of Geneva, N.Y., Dr. Worcester was born in 1902, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1923, and from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1927. During her internship at Johns Hopkins, she worked with the Frontier Nursing Service in rural Kentucky, riding to her patients on horseback.
She established a practice of pediatrics in New York City in the 1930s, was on the attending staff at Bellevue Hospital’s Children’s Medical Service from 1933 until 1968, was medical director at The New York Infirmary for many years, and was a professor of clinical pediatrics at New York University’s Medical School for 38 years.
In 1935, she married Carroll H. Brewster, a lawyer and partner of Davis Polk in New York City, and a year later, the couple bought the Farmingville farm that had been “The Hickories,” the home of George H. Lounsbury , governor of Connecticut. When the Brewsters bought the place, it had recently been used as a private girls school.
Dr. Worcester — she used that name throughout her career — lived in New York and spent summers and weekends here until her retirement in 1971, after which she moved fulltime to Ridgefield.
She was a voracious reader but in her last few years, became nearly blind. Nonetheless, she continued to play bridge with some of her many Ridgefield friends.
Dr. Worcester was also a woman of scholarship and a keen mind, and both of her two sons became leaders in academia. When he retired in 1999, the Rev. John Gurdon Brewster had been Episcopal chaplain at Cornell University for 34 years — a position he held longer than any other university Episcopal chaplain in the country. He is also a sculptor and his work is in many collections, including Union Theological Center and The Vatican.
Carroll Worcester Brewster, a Yale Law School graduate, was a dean at Dartmouth, and then president of Hollins College. He was later president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, his mother’s birthplace (she was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters there in 1983).
In 1966, Carroll Brewster became a member of the Ridgefield Conservation Commission. He resigned in 1969 to pursue careers that included legal counsel to the government of Sudan, as well as college leadership. On his retirement, he returned to Ridgefield and rejoined the Conservation Commission in 2000 and is still serving today — a half century after he began the job.
Carroll Brewster lives on the family farm, whose development rights the family deeded to the town in 1996, preserving more than 100 acres in Farmingville.
His daughter, Dina, resurrected The Hickories as an organic farm in the early 2000s, and continues to run the operation, now the largest and one of the last working farms in Ridgefield.
Information from NatureGeezer blog, published Friday, December 02, 2016 and from Who's Who in Ridgefield Connecticut
George L. Rockwell sold [The Hickories Farm] in 1925 and in 1937 it was purchased by Carroll H. Brewster, a lawyer, and his wife Blandina, a doctor, from New York City. Dr. Blandina Worcester Brewster (1902-1984) attended Bryn Mawr and Radcliffe Colleges, graduating from the latter in 1923, and completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1927. She was the physician at the Chapin School in New York from 1943-1964, director of pediatrics at the New York Infirmary 1954-1962, and on the attending staff of Bellevue Hospital’s Children’s Medical Services for 35 years, and a professor of clinical pediatrics at New York University for 38 years.
They hired Fred B. Jones as the farm manager of their 100-acre property, and he remained for over 50 years until his death in 1999; Jones’s brother managed the nearby Starr Estate farm on Farmingville Road. Danbury farmer Otto Gravesen managed the farm during the 1990s.
The Brewsters’ sons were Carroll W. and John. Carroll W., the current owner, graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. He was subsequently Dean of Dartmouth College andPresident of Hollins and of Hobart and William Smith College. In the 1990s Carroll Brewster sold development rights to the town to ensure that the land would remain intact. From the 1930s on for 50 years, the management of the farm by Fred Jones sustained the farmland and buildings as a working landscape. Daughter Blandina (Dina) Brewster returned to the property after some years as a high school teacher, and began farming in 2005. She currently operates an organic vegetable and sheep farm with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) of 200 members.
Information from Historic Resources Inventory, Buildings and Structures, Historic Barns of Connecticut
Elwood Worcester (1862 - 1940)
Blanche Rulison Worcester (1872 - 1940)
John Gurdon Brewster (1937 - 2017)*
Constance T Worcester (1896 - 1986)*
Gurdon Saltonstall Worcester (1897 - 1978)*
Blandina Rulison Worcester Brewster (1902 - 1984)
David Worcester (1907 - 1947)*
Mount Feake Cemetery
Plot: Section H Lot# 1363 Trapelo Road
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Record added: Mar 20, 2011
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