Harvey J. Proulx, M.D., 92
LEWISTON - Harvey J. Proulx, M.D., 92, of Lewiston, passed away on March 11, 2017, with his wife by his side. He had been in a slow decline from Alzheimer's disease for the last 12 years.
He was born in Springvale, on Dec. 20, 1924, and grew up in nearby Sanford. He was the third child in a devoutly Catholic family of eight children. Despite their meager financial means, education was highly regarded, and Harvey was sent to boarding school in St. Hyacinth, Quebec, Canada, where he received a classical education among the priests and brothers. He was a student there for both high school and college, and then entered medical school at the University of Montreal after a year of post-graduate science coursework.
During his time as a medical student, Harvey met, fell in love with, and married his hometown sweetheart, Jacqueline Watier. Together, they forged a strong union that lasted over 65 years.
Dr. Proulx served his internship as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and in Morocco, as well as other posts stateside. At the end of his service, he enrolled in a residency program at the Eye and Ear Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was part of the last cohort of physicians to be trained in both specialties. In 1958, he moved to Lewiston, where he opened his solo practice specializing in ear, nose, and throat medicine and surgery.
During his career, Dr. Proulx, a member of the Maine Medical Association, served on the staff of St. Mary's General Hospital (SMGH), as well as the courtesy staff of Central Maine Medical Center. He served at various times as SMGH's chief of staff and chief of the Tissue (Surgical Case Review) Committee. In these roles he was well-respected as a leader using a gentle, kind approach that was most effective, and modeled behavior that embraced the mission and values of the staff and committee. Dr. Proulx was a caring physician who treated patients respectfully, shared time in free clinics, and also was known to occasionally barter for services.
As a devoted husband and father, Dr. Proulx treated his family with love and respect. From spending time helping his children with lessons after dinner, to modeling ethical behavior, Dr. Proulx was an excellent example of what constitutes a successful life. He had a keen sense of humor and a joie de vivre, enjoying time with friends and family. He was an optimist and a calming influence to all around him. He had many interests, including skiing, tennis, golf, and music, and he enjoyed tinkering around his beloved Thompson Lake camp.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Watier Proulx; his sisters, Eva Proulx, of Lewiston; and Sister Therese Proulx, of Marlborough, Mass.; his children, Pamela Proulx-Curry (husband, Robert Curry), of Hermon; Francis Proulx (wife, Vivian), of Hebron; Monique Proulx Curtis (husband, Peter), of Freeport; Patricia Proulx-Lough (husband, Alastair Lough), of Portland; Charles Proulx (wife, Elise), of Hebron; Suzanne Proulx (husband, Daniel Schneider), of Gorham; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at St. Mary's D'Youville Pavilion, who gave such loving care not only to our loved one, but to the whole family.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 18, from 9-10:30 a.m. at The Fortin Funeral Home in Lewiston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lewiston, followed by committal services at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lewiston. A service of The Fortin Group, Cremation and Monument Services, 70 Horton St., Lewiston; 783-8545.
Those wishing may make a donation to the
in Dr. Proulx's memory.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 15, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
The Fortin Group
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