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Dr John Edward “Jack” Farnham

Dr John Edward “Jack” Farnham

Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 16 Mar 2015 (aged 85)
Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial South Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 115963776 · View Source
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BURLINGTON - Dr. John E. Farnham died peacefully on March 16, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Jack was born in Burlington on Jan. 2, 1930.

He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947, and Norwich University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.

While at Norwich, he received several awards, including Distinguished Military Student and Corps Adjutant.

He served two years of combat duty in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, as Company Commander in the 25th Infantry Division Reconnaissance Unit.

He later received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the College of Dental Medicine at Tufts University, where he was a member of the Honor Society and Class President.

He did his residency in oral surgery at Boston City Hospital.

In Boston, he met and married Patricia Anne Reilly on Aug. 10, 1957.

Back in Vermont, Jack was appointed as an assistant attending in dentistry at Mary Fletcher Hospital and subsequently received an appointment to the clinical faculty in the UVM College of Medicine. In 1968, he was named Clinical Associate Professor.

In 1972, he was promoted to Clinical Professor and Chair of the Section of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 1963, he established a dental residency program at Mary Fletcher Hospital, and for decades served as Program Coordinator and Director.

He also served as Director of the Burlington Dental Clinic, which provided dental services to thousands of patients.

Jack served on numerous committees and held numerous chairs at Mary Fletcher Hospital, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, and Fanny Allen Hospital.

In addition, he was a Trustee of Fanny Allen Hospital, and was first president of the medical staff of MCHV.

Jack served on multiple committees of all the major professional societies in dentistry.

He was president of the New England Society of Oral Surgeons and a delegate to the Association of Dental Schools.

He was former chair of the Hospital Inspection Committee of the Vermont State Dental Society.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont and was a consultant in forensic odontology, representing Vermont, on the Association of Dental Consultants.

Pat and Jack raised four sons in whom Jack instilled a deep love and respect for the outdoors. Jack was especially fond of Lake Champlain.

Jack was predeceased by his siblings, Charles, Richard and Mary Jane; and Pat's sisters, Marilyn and Kathleen.

Arrangements by the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., in Winooski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church on Locust Street in Burlington.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Edward “Jack” Farnham (2 Jan 1930–16 Mar 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 115963776, citing Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Laurie & Nate S. (contributor 47011031) .