Dr. Frank G. Dudley

Dr. Frank G. Dudley

Frank G. Dudley graduated from Amherst College in 1930 and from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1934. He did his internship at the House of Mercy Hospital in Pittsfield, MA, subsequently starting a general practice in Wallington, VT until 1940. Dr. Dudley then completed a residency at St. Joseph's Infirmary in Atlanta, GA, and settled briefly in Rumney,NH, where he started another general practice. Before long, Dr. Dudley entered the service, with posts in Ireland, England, North Africa, and Italy.

Prior to arriving in Littleton, Dr. Dudley took an anesthesiology course at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Dr. Dudley was the anesthesiologist at Littleton Hospital from 1946 to 1986. According to Sara Dudley, Dr. Dudley's wife, "Prior to his arrival, the hospital's superintendent of nurses poured ether as an anesthetic during operative procedures. This nurse also served as the hospital's administrator, by the way. When Dr. Dudley came, he purchased all the necessary anesthesia equipment with his own money to establish the department. Eventually, the hospital was able to upgrade the equipment on its own." In addition to his duties as anesthesiologist, Dr. Dudley had a general practice and was a popular obstetrician. According to Mary Warren, a maternity nurse, Dr. Dudley "was just a terrific person and physician. His good nature and humor brought humanity to everything he did." Wilbur Willey echoed this opinion in his article in The White Mountain Shopper, citing that "Frank was an amazing, multifaceted person. He was a fine mixture of physician and family man, and beyond those two overriding concerns, he had many interests." In addition to medicine his interests include skiing (Wilbur Willey referred to him as an expert skier), music, and singing. He also golfed and enjoyed playing bridge. Students involved in sports at Littleton Public Schools benefited from Dr. Dudley's support, as he attended as many games as his schedule permitted, and he cared for injured athletes. Dr. Dudley was a member of American Medical Association (AMA), NH State Medical Society, NH Component Society, and he was a Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiologists. On May 26, 1994 Littleton Regional Hospital dedicated the Anesthesia Department to Dr. Dudley.

Sources

(1956, November 8). Littleton Courier
(1993, October 30). The White Mountain Shopper
Interview, February 2019