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Dixon Portrait Unveiled

Western Maine Health President and CEO Timothy A. Churchill announced that a painting of Dr. Walter G. Dixon, one of the first physicians at Stephens Memorial Hospital, was unveiled and dedicated before the monthly Board of Trustees meeting in September.

At the unveiling, Dr. Harry Harper, a former colleague spoke of Dr. Walter Dixon who was an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital for 45 years.  Dr. Dixon was instrumental in initiating the founding of Stephens Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Harper states, "Without him, it wouldn't have been possible to start the hospital."  Dixon was noted as an all business physician, with a large practice, who was great to work with.  Dr. Dixon retired in 1984, he passed away in 1986. 

WMH President &  Chief Executive Officer Timothy Churchill thanked Dr. Harper for his tribute to Dr. Dixon and noted that as the hospital nears its 50 year anniversary in 2007 it is even more important to have the community recognize those individuals who were vital to the hospitals founding and ongoing success. 

Dr. Dixon's daughter, Pat, was on hand for the unveiling, as was Pat Chandler, the artist who painted the portrait of Dr. Dixon.  Pat Chandler has been painting portraits professionally since the 1950s and always approaches every portrait with great seriousness and respect.

Here, Pat Chandler (Left) and Pat Dixon stand with the portrait of Dr. Walter G. Dixon.

The portrait of Dr. Walter G. Dixon will be hung on the wall on the main floor between the coffee shop and the chapel. 


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