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Dr. Edward Christy Wolston

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LACONIA—Dr. Edward Christy Wolston, 87, of 21 Ledges Drive, died at Lakes Region General Hospital on Saturday, April 1, 2006.

Ed was born September 20, 1918, in West Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Edward S. and Theodora (Perry) Wolston. He grew up in Connecticut, and visited Hew Hampshire as a boy on a long-distance bicycle trip to Mount Washington. Ed graduated from Antioch College and received his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine in 1943. On September 20, 1944, he married Maxine Louise Askey in Oil City, Pennsylvania. From 1944 through 1946 he served in the US Army Medical Corps, attaining the rank of captain in the Pacific Theatre, where he was stationed in Okinawa.

Following the war, Ed took post-graduate courses at Harvard in the new field of ophthalmology and interned at Syracuse University Hospital in 1947. He did his residency training at Yale-New Haven and Wills Eye Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1949.

When Ed moved to Laconia with his family in 1950, he was one of three board-certified ophthalmologists in New Hampshire. He was the Founding President of the New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and a member of the New England Ophthalmological Society and the Belknap County Medical Society. He collaborated with the Lions Club for years to improve local eye care. He introduced lens implant surgery to Lakes Region General Hospital, and retired in 1990. He was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church, and has been part of the Taylor Community since 1990, both a Past President of the Ledges Association and a Volunteer of the Year.

Ed fathered three sons, losing the first to cystic fibrosis in infancy. His older son Jon is a physician in Providence, Rhode Island. His younger son Bill teaches French in the Northeast Kingdom, following in the footsteps of his mother Maxine, who also taught French for years before her death in 2002. Other survivors include two daughters-in-law, Nancy Laser-Wolston of Providence, Rhode Island, and Susan Wolston of Burke Hollow, Vermont; and four grandsons, Blair, Christopher, Ethan, and Alexander.

Ed was an enthusiastic and creative supporter of the Barnstormers Theatre and of the New Hampshire Music Festival. He will be remembered for his love of family, the clarinet, travel, photography, sports cars, Big Squam Lake, and limericks.

A remembrance service in Ed’s memory was held at the Taylor Community on Monday, April 3, 2006.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Barnstormers, Box 434, Tamworth, New Hampshire 03886.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.

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