Dr. Dirk Bartel Vandersloot, M.D.
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March 29, 1948 - May 2, 2014
ROCKPORT - Dr. Dirk Vandersloot, of Rockport, died at his home on Friday, May 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He met his cancer diagnosis with an uncommon courage and inspired many with his progressive approach to blending traditional and holistic medicine.
Born in Paterson, N.J., on March 29, 1948, to Peter and Georgia Vandersloot, Dirk attended Salisbury Park High School in New Jersey and graduated from Miramonte High School in California. He excelled academically and athletically. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1970, he went on to medical school at UCLA, receiving his M.D. in 1975.
Dr. Vandersloot completed his residency at Maine Medical Center in 1977. He taught at the MMC Family Practice Clinic before moving with his family to Newburyport, Mass., where he worked as a physician at Holistic Family Practice.
After 15 years in family medicine, Dr. Vandersloot and his family moved to mid-coast Maine where he started his homeopathic career at The Center for Health and Healing, continuing to see clients until a week prior to his death.
Dr. Vandersloot was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Georgia; and his brother, Dr. Jan Vandersloot. He is survived by his wife Jean Forest of Rockport; and their daughter Julia and her husband Alex Moeckel of Atlanta, Ga. He is missed by all, including his siblings; sister Karen and husband Gilbert Richards, brother Ralph and wife Lucille Vandersloot, sister Diana and husband Michael Gilmore, brother James and wife Sandi Vandersloot; and his accomplished nieces and nephews.
Dr. Vandersloot's service will be held on Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in Camden.
Memorial donations can be sent to Osher Center for Integrative
Medicine, Midcoast Community Chorus or Hope Elephants.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 11, 2014