Dr. William Leslie MacVane Jr.

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Dr. William Leslie MacVane Jr., 95
PORTLAND -- Dr. William Leslie MacVane Jr., 95, passed away on Aug. 1, 2010, surrounded by family.
Born in Portland on June 12, 1915, the son of Dr. William L. MacVane Sr., a prominent Portland dentist, and Bertha May Achorn, he attended Portland public schools and graduated from Hebron Academy, Williams College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In his boyhood, he spent many happy summers at the family cottage on Long Island, the summer house in Raymond, and as a camper and counselor at Camp Conesca on Crescent Lake.
Following medical school, Bill was an intern and then assistant resident in surgery at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md. During World War II, he served as an Army officer with the 61st Portable Surgical Unit attached to various divisions, including the 25th Infantry Division, in the Philippines and Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for performing major surgery under adverse conditions.
After his discharge from the Army as a major in 1946, Bill was the first surgical resident at Maine General Hospital and then attending surgeon at the V.A. Hospital, Togus; Maine Medical Center; Mercy Hospital and Portland City Hospital. From 1953 to 1955, he was a resident in thoracic surgery at the V.A. Hospital in Oteen, N.C., and a fellow in thoracic surgery at George Washington University Hospital. Returning to Maine, he continued with general and thoracic surgery and, in 1959 at Maine Medical Center, assisted Dr. Emerson Drake with the first open heart surgery performed in the State of Maine. Bill served as a consultant in thoracic surgery at several hospitals and was also a member of the executive committee of the Mercy Hospital Medical Staff for 18 years, serving as its president and chairman for four years.
In addition to his private practice, Bill served as the Director of Medical Education, Mercy Hospital from 1965 to 1978. From 1967 until 1976, he also was on the Portland City Council, serving as Mayor in 1971, member of the Portland School Board and Portland Transit Authority, chairman of the Portland Bicentennial Committee, and chairman of the Reiche School, Temple Street parking garage, and Portland Public Library building committees. After retiring from surgery, private practice and Mercy Hospital, he then worked ten years as a physician surveyor with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, surveying hospitals in the eastern United States, Hawaii, Europe, the Middle East and U.S.
Dr. William Leslie MacVane Jr.
Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba. For several years, Bill also interviewed physicians for the Maine Medical License Board.
Bill's professional affiliations included the American College of Chest Physicians (Fellow, Governor for Maine), American College of Surgeons (Fellow), American Thoracic Society (Eastern Section), Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Directors of Medical Education, Cumberland County Medical Society, Maine Medical Association, Maine Thoracic Society (former president), New England Surgical Society, Portland Medical Club, The Journal of the Maine Medical Association editorial board, Maine Medical Association - Maine State Nursing Association Liaison Committee (chairman), and the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association.
Bill had been a trustee of Mercy Hospital, Portland Public Library and Hebron Academy, on the boards of the Portland YMCA and Portland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and member of the Portland Yacht Club, Portland Country Club, Portland Rotary Club, the Cumberland Club, the Western Maine Torch Club, the Masons, the Sigma Phi Society and the Pithotomy Club (Johns Hopkins).
Bill enjoyed reading, swimming, boating, skin diving, and playing tennis and badminton. In 1990, he was the New England seniors badminton doubles and singles champion. For 50 years, he and his family summered at their camp on Little Sebago Lake. He had a love of learning and for over a decade, in his 80s and 90s, attended courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine. His family will miss his sense of humor, wise counsel, humming and whistling.
Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret; and his brother, John, the well known TV and radio journalist. He is survived by his daughter, Lesley MacVane of Portland, his daughter, Margaret Murray and her husband David of Falmouth, his son, Captain Forbes MacVane, U.S. Navy, and his wife Maria of Maryland, a son and daughter from his first marriage, William Harris and Patricia MacVane; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
His family wishes to thank the staffs of 75 State Street, OceanView's Falmouth House and the Maine Medical Center for the wonderful care provided to their father.
Funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to Mercy Hospital
or American Red Cross
of Southern Maine.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 3, 2010
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