Dr. Carlton E. Swett ’50

Dr. Carlton E. Swett ’50 died January 14, 2012, in Lakeland, Fla. He was born in Wilton, Maine, on May 3, 1929, and prepared for college at Wilton Academy. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated from the George Washington University Medical School in 1954, interned in Wilmington, Del., and completed his surgical residency at Dartmouth Affiliated Hospitals in New Hampshire. He also served from 1954 to 1959 as senior surgeon at the Littleton, Colo., Juvenile Federal Prison with the U.S. Public Health Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He moved to Skowhegan in 1963 to begin his private practice as a general surgeon. He was a member of the medical staff at Redington-Fairview General Hospital from 1963 to 1990, served as medical director from 1975 to 1990 and was a board member of both the Fairview Hospital and Redington–Fairview General Hospital from 1964 to 1990. He was board certified by the American College of Surgeons, a member of the New England Cancer Society and the Maine Medical Association, chairman of the Ethics Committee of the MMA, and liaison officer of the American College of Surgeons for the Cancer Program and Tumor Registry at RFGH from the mid-1970s through 1990. He joined the Masons at the Wilton Lodge #156 in 1951 and received his 50-year pin in 2001. He became a member of Kora Shrine Center in Lewiston in 1965, served as medical director from 1994 to1990, and was appointed Outer Guard of Kora Divan in 1990 and elected Potentate in 2000. He was an emeritus member of the board of governors at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass. from 1994 to 2003. He was also a member of Somerset Lodge #34 in Skowhegan, Central Maine Shrine Club, Valley of Augusta Scottish Rites, Valley of Portland Scottish Rites, and Sunset Chapter #53 of the Eastern Star, as well as a member of Jester’s Put Stevens Court #107 and the Lake Region Biliken Club of Florida. He was Skowhegan’s Man of the year in 1993. He was a member of the Federated Church of Skowhegan and an affiliate member of the North Lakeland Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Kathy Adams Swett; a son, Jeffery Swett; two stepsons, Donald and David Knight; a stepdaughter, Leah Dostie; a brother, Keene Swett; one grandson; and four step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan Jean Swett; his wife, Beryl Cox Swett, whom he married in 1950; and his wife, Joyce Young Swett, who died in 2001.

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