Denis W. King ’55

Denis W. King ’55 died on April 19, 2019, in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

(The following was published in the Lowell Sun on April 23, 2019:)

Well known retired surgeon, Denis W. King, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away peacefully April 19, 2019, at the age of 85, surrounded by family after a long illness.

Born November 18, 1933, in Lowell, MA, a son of the late Dr. Leo F. and the late Alberta (Wholley) King, he was educated in the Lowell school system, graduated from Bowdoin College and Boston University Medical School.

After graduation, Dr. King joined his father, Leo F. King, MD, in private practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Denis was the family physician and surgeon to generations of families. He was associated with St. John’s Hospital and later the Saints Memorial Hospital. His private practice was interrupted by service in the Army during the Vietnam War, earning an honorable discharge as Lieutenant Colonel. A gifted surgeon, he will always be fondly remembered in the medical community for his quick wit, compassion, empathy and a legacy of mentorship of medical students and young physicians.

A member of Vesper Country Club, he had a love–hate relationship with the game of golf; he was passionate about the Boston Red Sox, but his true devotion was to his family. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of sixty-two years, Ann Marie (Kelly) King; his children: Ellen King McLaughlin (Robert) of Vienna, VA; Kathleen King Anderson (Mark) of Westborough, MA; Amy King DeMilt (William) of Bernardsville, NJ; and Michael W. King (Pam) of Portland, ME; sister-in-law Phyllis (Crotty) King; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Leo F. King and Peter J. King.

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