1909 – 2004

LEWISTON – Dr. Merton Newcomb Flanders M.D., 94, of 4 Sheffield Ave. died Thursday, April 1, at Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Pavilion.

Born Aug. 9, 1909, in Hampden, a son of Herbert Allen and Gertrude J. Newcomb Flanders he attended public schools in Portland graduating from Portland High School in the Class of 1928.

He received his BA Degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1932, his MD Degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1936. He interned at Maine Medical Center in Portland and Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He completed his residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary followed by post graduate Endoscopy training at Jefferson Post Graduate School of Medicine, Maxillo Facial and plastic training at Post Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a Captain from 1941 to 1946, including service in the Philippines. Following his tour of duty in the service he took training in Otolaryngology Surgery at the Lempert Endoural Institute in NYC.

He started his private practice in Waterville followed by 35 years in Lewiston.

Memberships included a diplomate’s Certification in Otological, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American and Maine Medical Association, Kennebec and Androscoggin Society, Massachusetts Otological

Society, Chief of Ear, Nose & Throat at Central Maine Medical Center.

He retired from private practice in 1972, to become Medical Evaluation Officer at the Department of Adjudication for Togus Veterans Hospital in Augusta retiring in 1978.

He is survived by two sons, David and Scott Flanders; a nephew, Stephen Loebs.

He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Loebs Fernald.

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