Laconia-----George Farmlett MD, 97, a resident of the Taylor Community, died Monday, January 31, 2005 at Lakes Region General Hospital.
Dr. Farmlett was born on August 18, 1907 in Freeport, NY to Italian immigrant parents, Francisco and Francisca (Rocco) Farmlett. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1925 and Columbia University in 1930, majoring in Zoology, Chemistry and English. He attended the University of Lyon Medical School in Lyon, France, graduating in 1937 with special certification in radiology. He then returned to New York and practiced general medicine at Glens Falls Hospital for several years until enlisting in the army in 1942. At his first post at William Beaumont General Hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, he met and became engaged to a medical social worker, Elizabeth (Betty) Spiess. He was promoted to captain in the medical corps and ran an X-ray training program. Later, he was deployed to Korea and subsequently to Okinawa, where he ran the radiology department of the 87th field hospital on the front lines. After the war ended in 1946, he returned, married Betty and they moved to Chicago IL, where he began a 3 year residency program in radiology.
After completing his residency in 1949, he moved to Laconia, which reminded him of his rural boyhood home. He entered solo practice in general radiology at Laconia Hospital, where he worked for 31 years. In 1971, he took on a partner, Ken DeHart Jr. MD, with whom he very much enjoyed working, until his retirement, at age 73, in 1980.
Dr. Farmlett enjoyed boating, moving rocks and building stone walls on his beloved wooded lot on Mark Island in Lake Winnipesaukee. He also enjoyed woodcarving, listening to music, playing the violin and playing bridge with his friends. After retiring, he spent the winters with his wife in New Port Richey, Florida and the summers in Laconia until 1994, when they moved to the Ledges at the Taylor Community.
Dr. Farmlett was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, in February 1997, after 50 years of marriage. He is survived by his sons, Frank Farmlett and Edward Farmlett, M.D., as well as his daughter-in-law, Mary Jane Farmlett, grandson, Christopher Farmlett and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 4, 2005 from 7-9 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at 11:00AM also at the Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the Laconia Congregational Church, will officiate.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia, NH
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or the American Cancer Society, Gail Singer Memorial Building, 360 State Route 101 Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110-5032.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.