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Doris Jean Stewart Pennoyer, M.D., 83
PORTLAND -- Doris Jean Stewart Pennoyer, M.D., 83, of Portland, died on Sept. 4, 2011, at home surrounded by her entire family, following a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Douglass C. Pennoyer, M.D. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2011.
Doris was born on Aug. 14, 1928, the only child of Marguerite Bates Stewart and John Howard Stewart of Latrobe, Pa. She grew up during the great depression and lost her father at age 10. She attended school in Latrobe, Pa., where she was classmates and close friends with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Fred Roger's mother, Nancy, who knit his legendary cable zipper sweaters, adored Doris and provided a full scholarship for Doris' entire college and medical school education.
Doris attended Smith College where she majored in mathematics and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in 1950. At Smith she lived in the German House where only that language was spoken on the first floor and was very active in music and Smith's student life. Her senior thesis was solving the then novel mathematical 'ring' equations.
Upon graduation she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1954. There she met her future husband, Douglass Pennoyer. He asked her out on a date during their Gross Anatomy Class and said he knew she was 'the one' in their first five minutes of their first date. She married Douglass on Sept. 1, 1951, at Christ Church Methodist in New York City.
She did her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. During her residency she had three of her six children. As one of the ground breaking women residents at Roosevelt, she took only three days of maternity leave with each child. She practiced internal medicine in Portland from 1959 to 1971 with a special interest in endocrinology. Her family recalls her making house calls to her patients. She also served as Employee Health Physician for Maine Medical Center from 1962 to 1967 and Student Health Physician for University of Southern Maine school of Nursing.
Perceiving a need for better rural health care delivery she developed and directed the University of Maine Family Nurse Associate Project to provide primary care in underserved rural and urban areas from 1970 to 1975. She drove all over the state working with her family nurse associates at each of their sites throughout rural Maine.
She was Associate Medical Director and Second Vice President for Union Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1975 through 1980 as well as serving there as director of the company wide Beta computer automation project.
At the age of 52 she did a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School from 1980 to 1982 and continued on as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine with Harvard from 1982 to 1985 authoring and co-authoring numerous papers and textbook chapters.
She served on Maine Medical Center's computer committee for several years. She established a private practice in Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Portland from 1982 onwards and was joined in practice by her daughter Marguerite in 1987.
She continued to practice allergy and immunology up until her illness. From her daily phone hour for patients to her attention to every detail of their illness and their lives, she was a devoted and caring physician dedicated to the practice of medicine.
Active in community service, she was elected to the Deborah Morton Society of University of New England/Westbrook College and a member
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of the Maine's Women's Forum.
She served on the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Portland, the Professional Advisory Committee for Community Health Services in Portland, Board of Directors of Tri-County Coordinated Child Care and the Women's Advisory Board for Casco Bank and Trust.
She served on the Joint Advisory Committee on Ambulatory Care for Southern Maine Comprehensive Health Planning Association and Maine's Regional Medical Program and was on the Board of Corporators for Primary Medical Care Center and Maine Savings Bank of Portland. Her professional memberships included the Maine Society of Internal Medicine and American Society of Internal Medicine and Cumberland County Medical Society, the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, the American College of Physicians, the New England Society of Allergy, Maine Society of Allergy as both Vice President and President and the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, and College of Allergy and Immunology.
Raising six children with her medical office and her husband's surgical office in their own home, she kept everything in motion. Her organizational skills were unsurpassed. Color coding her children and filing everything under its proper category she was able to balance multiple career demands, volunteer activities and her six children. Her children were each assigned a night to do their own laundry and to cook dinner for the entire family. Her boys' wives have all appreciated their superior cooking and cleaning skills.
She did all of her home's painting, wallpapering, sewing and even cut her children's hair. Her hobbies were her work and her close knit family of children and 15 grandchildren.
Never wanting children to feel excluded, she would throw giant birthday parties and Halloween parties for her child's entire class or even primary school. She loved doing the New York Times crossword puzzles and Scrabble with her children.
She loved to study and certified as an American College of Life Underwriter while at UNUM and then continued her studies in her mid 50s in a fellowship at Harvard in immunology/allergy. She enjoyed reading books on mathematics and astronomy.
Surviving family includes her husband, Douglass Conklin Pennoyer, M.D.; daughters, Marguerite 'Peggy' Pennoyer, M.D. and husband Donald Endrizzi, M.D. of Scarborough, Nancy Pennoyer Lynch and husband John of Morgantown, W.Va., Hildred Pennoyer, M.D. and husband Michael Kinchla of Dover, Mass., sons, Grant T. Pennoyer and wife Susan of Yarmouth, John S. Pennoyer and wife Donna of Falmouth, and William P. Pennoyer, M.D. and wife Jennifer Pennoyer, M.D. of West Hartford, Conn.; and 15 grandchildren.
At Dr. Doris Pennoyer's request, there will be no public service. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home. Condolences and messages for the family may be expressed by visiting
Her family would like to express their special thanks to Joel Botler, M.D. and to Steve Belanger, SLP for their tireless care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris' memory may be sent to
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical School Scholarship Fund.
Checks made out to:
'Trustees of Columbia University' College of P&S, Care of Anke
Nolting, Dean of P&S
100 Haven Ave., Suite 29D
New York, New York 10032
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11, 2011
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"To the family, My sincere sympathy on the passing of this extraordinary human being. She was a..."
- Kathy Eliscu
"Doug, I was very sorry to learn that Doris had died. You have my deepest sympathies. I remember first..."
" Dear Pennoyer family, I was so sad to read of the passing of the wonderful Dr. Pennoyer. I had..."
- cindy Johnson-lunt
"Dear Pennoyer family. I had the pleasure of meeting Doris several times during my Timanous years. She..."
- Dave McElhinny
"Dear Doug, Although I have never been close, I always admired your family, and Doris played such a..."
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