George H. Gifford, Jr., M.D.
1930 - 2012
George Hussey Gifford Junior, MD died Wednesday evening, December 19, 2012 at age 82 after a long battle with Parkinson's.
Dr. Gifford had a distinguished career at the Boston Children's and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In the beginning, he worked closely with Dr. Robert Gross and collaborated with him in the operations on congenital heart deformities. He often stated that seeing babies die from their congenital defects or the complications of surgery was too hard on him so that he switched carriers to plastic surgery. Later he became a close colleague of Dr. Joseph E. Murray and remained a plastic surgeon until his retirement in 1995. He was liked and adored by his patients and highly regarded by his colleagues for his skills and for always being a perfect gentleman.
After joining Harvard as an undergraduate Dr. Gifford was a member of the Varsity heavyweight crew that won the Henley Royal Regatta in 1950. He continued to row for Harvard and was named an All-American. He later competed at the top Masters events for many years. Throughout this period, he was a member of the Cambridge Boat Club.
Between 1952 and 1954 he served in the Navy on the USS Monrovia.
Dr. Gifford leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Anisia Allen Gifford. He also leaves 4 children, Allen L. Gifford of Boston, George H. Gifford III of Cumberland, RI, Anisia R. Gifford of Medfield, and John T. Gifford also of Medfield, MA, as well as his 9 grandchildren - Canaan Gifford, Taber Gifford, Anisia Lundberg, Georgia Lundberg, Colden Lundberg, William Gifford, Reuben Gifford, Adelaide Gifford, and Olive Gifford. He is survived by his sister Augusta Gifford of Washington, DC.
Elof Eriksson, M.D.