MOULTONBOROUGH — Ellen Townley Cook "Cookie" Jacobsen, MD, 94, of Cazenovia, NY, and summer resident of Moultonborough, NH died on August 28, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. She was born June 25, 1919, in Painted Post, NY, the daughter of Charles "Doc" Cook and Mary Belle Miller Cook. Her mother was an early graduate of Cornell Law School and served as Justice of the Peace and Judge in Corning, NY. Her father, also a Cornell graduate, was a founding engineer for Ingersoll Rand. He imparted his love of sailing, fishing, and storytelling to Cookie as her mother imparted a life-long interest in books and reading.
Cookie graduated from The Knox School for Girls (currently the Otesaga Inn) in Cooperstown, NY where she excelled both academically as well as in swimming and equestrian events. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology. Her thesis was entitled "Experimental pancreatic diabetes in the calf." (Cornell, Ithaca, NY 1945). In a surprise move her thesis professor believing she would make a superb physician submitted an application on her behalf to the Syracuse College of Medicine. She was accepted immediately and entered Syracuse University College of Medicine that became Upstate Medical Center.
After graduation in 1950, Dr. Cook became the first woman resident in Internal Medicine. She joined the faculty in 1953 as the first woman in the department of medicine. She was part of the first cardiac catheterization team with Dr. J. Howland Auchincloss. After observing cases of infected valvular heart disease she was motivated to focus on infectious disease. Collaborating with Dr. Paul Bunn, the Chief of Infectious Disease medicine, she published numerous papers, made presentations, and served as consultant to USAID. The Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Richard Lyons, asked her to establish the first Student and Employee Health Service for Upstate Medical Center. This position led to appointment of the AAMC committee on Student Health Services that influenced the development of student health services throughout U.S. Medical Schools.
In 1958, Cookie met and married the love of her life, Carlyle F. "Jake" Jacobsen, PhD., an internationally known neurophysiologist, leading figure in medical administration, and the newly arrived President of Upstate Medical Center. Jake and Cookie worked tirelessly and effectively to promote academic excellence and a strong sense of community during a period of exceptional growth. As "First Lady" of the medical school, Cookie hosted numerous students, faculty, and visiting dignitaries before catering was readily available and without assistance of household staff. She was incredibly supportive but made it clear she would not be a path to the ear of the president. Due to their joint expertise they were asked to represent USAID on several assignments in Lebanon, Iran, and India. Cookie maintained a lifelong interest in Middle Eastern culture, politics and cuisine and while traveling, developed a worldwide network of friends and admirers. She further extended her network while traveling with Jake on NIH Study section reviews. This knowledge helped enabled her to place students and residents in optimal assignments around the country.
In the role of Director of Student/Employee Health, Dr. Cook recognized the need for additional training in psychological counseling. In 1967 Dr. Cook took a leave of absence from the faculty to pursue a Residency in Psychiatry. Subsequently she established the Liaison Consultation Service for Psychiatry that provided an interface between Psychiatry and all other clinical services at University Hospital. Drawing on her creativity, ingenuity, and expertise she developed innovative and cogent interaction among departments that improved the effectiveness of delivering good patient care. Additionally, Dr. Cook served on the Psychiatry Committee of the CALGB Cancer Research Group.
As a physician and educator, Cookie has served as an institutional role model for women. She served on the Admissions Committee and Student Affairs Committee helping assure access and fair treatment of women. To commemorate Upstate's preeminent role in the education of women physicians, Dr. Cook was instrumental in helping the medical school's chapter of the American Medical Woman's Association commission a painting of Elizabeth Blackwell, a graduate of Geneva Medical College (now Upstate Medical University) the first woman physician educated in America. At the unveiling of the Blackwell portrait, "Jake" announced the official naming of Elizabeth Blackwell Street and the creation of Elizabeth Blackwell Day.
Ellen Cook Jacobsen was a "legend" often referred to as the "Matriarch" of Upstate even after her husband's death in 1974. She served in many capacities: educator, clinician, and advisor to all. She was a wise counselor to her colleagues, Deans and Presidents of Upstate. Many would say a meal shared with Cookie was better than any professional counseling session. Few students, residents or clinicians have not benefited from her insight and wisdom. She was a holistic physician before the term was popular. She believed in taking a thorough history, including the individual's personal and social narrative and complete physical exam. This enabled her to make unique recommendations considering the patient's values.
Dr. Cook retired in 1990 as full Professor of both Medicine and Psychiatry. She received the SUNY Upstate President's award for Distinguished Service as well as the Upstate Medical Alumni Association's distinguished Alumna Award. The Medical Alumni Foundation established the Ellen Cook Jacobsen Psychiatry Fellowship in recognition of her lifetime contributions to resident and student education. During her retirement she continued her avid support for Upstate in many areas. She assisted New York State Senator Nancy Lorraine Hoffman on health issues affecting prison populations, capitalizing on her previous service on the NY State Prison Health Commission and her expertise in the management of tuberculosis.
Cookie's life has been defined by complete selflessness, fierce loyalty, unparalleled listening skills, and lifelong intellectual curiosity. She always had time to help a friend, patient, or colleague. She had a special gift for nurturing trusting relationships with people of all ages and ethnicities. She has made such extensive contributions to the lives of so many, to say she will be enormously missed, would be a colossal understatement.
There were no services.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make contributions to the Upstate Medical Alumni Association, Carlyle and Ellen Cook Jacobsen Fund, Setnor Building #1510, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210.
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Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013 10:04
SPRINGVALE, Maine — Thelma Poulin Vincent, 99, of Springvale, Maine died in Springvale on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Mrs. Vincent was born on January 2, 1914 in North Vassalboro, Maine, the daughter of J. Dominique Poulin and Germaine Verkruysse Poulin. When Thelma was a child her family moved to Springvale, Maine. Her earliest memory there was the delight she felt when she learned Springvale had a library. All her life, she loved to read. Thelma was a graduate of the 1931 Class of Sanford High School and the 1935 Class of Bates College. All the friends she made in those years lasted throughout her life. Following graduation, she taught English and French at Stratton High School and Sanford High School and supervised extracurricular activities. In 1940 in Seattle, Washington, she married Walter Michael Vincent, a pilot in the U.S. Navy. They lived all over the United States, including Alaska. After Cmdr. Vincent retired, they settled in Springvale where she taught French at Nasson College until she retired.
Mrs. Vincent always believed in giving back to the community. She was a Girl Scout leader in Washington, D.C. and a leader of the Tri-Hi-Y Girls Club in Sanford. She was a member and president of the Sanford College Club, a member and president of the IOTA Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma International, a member of Search Light Club, a member of the Goodall Hospital Auxiliary and a faithful volunteer at Books Revisited in Sanford.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her brothers Dominic and Alwin Poulin and grandson Michael Vincent, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Maggi Vincent and husband Patrick McLaughlin of North Berwick, Maine; son Michael Andrew and wife Susan Vincent of Belmont, NH; daughter Dr. Miriam Vincent of Boston, Mass.; son Robert and wife Elaine Vincent of Lebanon, Maine. She is also survived by her grandchildren Caitlin Vincent McLaughlin, Colin Vincent McLaughlin and wife Jen, Deborah and husband Bob Krick, Randy Davis, Brian and Emily Vincent as well as four great grandchildren. She also leaves behind dear friend and cousin, Muriel Poulin and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6 at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home located at 580 Main Street in Springvale, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church, located on Payne Street in Springvale. Interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Springvale Public Library, 443 Main Street, Springvale, Maine 04083 and/or Nasson College Alumni Association, P.O. Box 416, Springvale, Maine 04083.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:04
SANBORNTON — Thomas Howard Ochs, 70, of Sanbornton, passed away at Mountain Ridge Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 with his loving wife by his side due to injuries sustained in an accident.
Born in Boston, MA, on September 22, 1943, he was the son of Howard and Marion (MacKinnon) Ochs. Thomas was raised in Quincy, MA attending local schools. He furthered his education by earning an Associate's Degree from the Wentworth Institute of Electrical Engineering, in Boston and also attended Northeastern University.
A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Thomas loved snowmobiling and playing volleyball. He was also a talented gymnast. He had a successful forty plus year career with Grass Instrument Co., working at both the Braintree and Rockland, MA plants. He was a resident of Weymouth, MA for thirty one years, raising his family there before retiring with his wife to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thomas spent many summers growing on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Lillian R. (Chiano) Ochs, of Sanbornton; daughter, Julie Dempsey and husband Ryan, of Norfolk, MA; grandsons, Zachary and Nathan Holmes, both of Norfolk, MA; sister, Janet Ochs, of Quincy, MA; sister-in-law, Maria Martell, of Bourne, MA.
Donations may be made in his memory to the: Brain Injury Association of America
P.O. Box 7416, Merrifield, VA 22116-7416 (www.biausa.org)
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave, Milton, MA. A memorial service will be held at Dolan Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Margaret Clapp will officiate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be private.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family with the arrangements. For Thomas's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:00
BARRINGTON — Richard J. O'Brien, 84, a longtime resident of Barrington, NH, passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Friday November 29th, 2013 at the Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover.
He was born November 23rd, 1929 in Portsmouth, NH. Growing up, he was active in high school sports, before serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean War. He worked for Shell Oil Company and owned his own private business consulting firm, before retiring to Barrington.
He celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary, this year, to Joan (Sawyer) O'Brien with whom they had six children, 17 grand children, and five great-grand children.
He loved building furniture, wood carving, playing bridge and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an active volunteer in the Town of Barrington, involved in many town activities and projects, including serving as the town Treasurer.
Richard had two sisters, Kathleen Prindeville, of West Roxbury, MA and Jean Mason, of Atlanta, GA and a brother Edward O'Brien of Portsmouth, NH.
His children, Beth LaSalle and her husband Brian of Yarmouth, ME, Dr. Richard J. O'Brien, Jr. and his wife Anne of Laconia, NH, Theresa Maxwell and her husband Richard of Penacook, NH, Allan O'Brien and his wife Christine of Concord, NH, Michael O'Brien and his wife Norma of Loudon, NH. Grandchildren, Megan Kinsman, Erin LaSalle, Seamus O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Timothy O'Brien, Benjamin O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Susannah O'Brien, Michael O'Brien, Colleen O'Brien, Grace O'Brien, Christopher Maxwell, Andrew O'Brien, Lauren O'Brien, Patrick O'Brien, Rory O'Brien, and Hannah O'Brien. Great-grandchildren, Jacob and Miles Kinsman, Logan Sargent, and Liam and Lisette O'Brien.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Christine.
Visiting hours will be 4-5 p.m. on Friday December 6th followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. at the Purdy Memorial Chapel, 2 Concord Rd., Rte. 4, Lee, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barrington Community Food Pantry, PO Box 617, Barrington, NH, 03825, or call 664-9007.
To sign our online guestbook, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00