Dr. Thomas Anton ’43, who practiced medicine in Southern Maine for more than 40 years, died on January 5, 2009, at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Maine.
He was born on July 21, 1922, in Biddeford, and graduated from Biddeford High School in 1939. After Bowdoin, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, he graduated from medical school at McGill University in Montreal in 1947. He served his internship and residency at the former Maine General Hospital in Portland, where he met his future wife, Carolyn Parsons, who was a nurse there. They were married in 1951. He served as a battalion surgeon in the 179th Regiment’s First Battalion and 45th Infantry Division of the Army Medical Corps in Korea and Japan during the Korean War and was awarded three Battle Stars. He attained the rank of captain. In 1953, after two years of military service, he opened his own medical practice in the Biddeford/Saco area and practiced there for the next 41 years. In 1961, he was named director of the medical division of the Old Orchard Beach Civil Defense organization. He was a member of the Webber/Southern Maine Medical Center hospital staff for many years, where he served as chief of internal medicine as well as a member of the hospital’s board of directors. He was a member of York County Medical Society, the Maine Medical Association, and the American Medical Association and was a medical examiner for the State of Maine for many years. He was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, and had a great love for animals. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Parsons Anton; a son, Charles Anton; a daughter, Eleanora Robert; a brother, Dr. Alexander Anton; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Anton Lund.