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Dr Earl Gilbert Merritt

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Dr Earl Gilbert Merritt

Birth
Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death
14 Feb 1983 (aged 82)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Chatham, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada Add to Map
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Dr. Earl G. Merritt had a 'human touch'

Patients liked his gentleness and compassion. He treated them with courtesy and a smile.

Dr. Earl G. Merritt "treated each patient as an individual and took an interest in each one," said Florence Stano, a nurse at Harper Hospital. "To him, his patient was a person, a human being. That was a touch he never lost."

Dr. Merritt, a medical doctor and general surgeon for 60 years, died Monday while working at Harper Hospital. He was 82.

A native of Chatham, Ontario, Dr. Merritt lived in Grosse Pointe. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1922 and joined the staff of Harper Hospital in 1923. He also maintained a private practice in Detroit.

"He was the finest gentleman I ever met," Stano said. "He was the epitome of gentleness. His patients loved him. Nurses respected him. Everybody did. He was very down to earth... a gentleman at all times."

When he wasn't working, Dr. Merritt enjoyed boating, said his wife, Patti. "Every summer he looked forward to our summer trip. He was an avid boater, an excellent boater. He was knowledgeable about the Great Lakes, ships, geography... He thoroughly enjoyed it."

Dr. Merritt was a member of the Wayne County and Michigan State medical societies, past president of the Detroit Academy of Surgery, past president of the Detroit chapter of Roundtable International and a member of Corinthian Lodge 241 F&AM and the Detroit Boat Club.

Besides his wife, Dr. Merritt is survived by four daughters, Jackie Matthews, Patricia Kinzer, Dr. Phyllis Hartroft and Peggy Sontag; a sister; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 15932 E. Warren. Burial will be at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.

[Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI) 17 Feb. 1983]
Dr. Earl G. Merritt had a 'human touch'

Patients liked his gentleness and compassion. He treated them with courtesy and a smile.

Dr. Earl G. Merritt "treated each patient as an individual and took an interest in each one," said Florence Stano, a nurse at Harper Hospital. "To him, his patient was a person, a human being. That was a touch he never lost."

Dr. Merritt, a medical doctor and general surgeon for 60 years, died Monday while working at Harper Hospital. He was 82.

A native of Chatham, Ontario, Dr. Merritt lived in Grosse Pointe. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1922 and joined the staff of Harper Hospital in 1923. He also maintained a private practice in Detroit.

"He was the finest gentleman I ever met," Stano said. "He was the epitome of gentleness. His patients loved him. Nurses respected him. Everybody did. He was very down to earth... a gentleman at all times."

When he wasn't working, Dr. Merritt enjoyed boating, said his wife, Patti. "Every summer he looked forward to our summer trip. He was an avid boater, an excellent boater. He was knowledgeable about the Great Lakes, ships, geography... He thoroughly enjoyed it."

Dr. Merritt was a member of the Wayne County and Michigan State medical societies, past president of the Detroit Academy of Surgery, past president of the Detroit chapter of Roundtable International and a member of Corinthian Lodge 241 F&AM and the Detroit Boat Club.

Besides his wife, Dr. Merritt is survived by four daughters, Jackie Matthews, Patricia Kinzer, Dr. Phyllis Hartroft and Peggy Sontag; a sister; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 15932 E. Warren. Burial will be at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.

[Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI) 17 Feb. 1983]


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