Payson B. Jacobson ’40, an opthalmologist for more than 50 years in Portland, Biddeford, and Bath, died on January 5, 2011, in Portland, Maine.
He was born on December 16, 1917, in East Boston, Mass., and prepared for college at Portland High School, where he was a Brown Medalist. He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1943. He attended the University of Minnesota post-graduate medical school from 1947 to 1950, and interned at Boston City Hospital. He served to captain in the Army Medical Corps in Saipan during World War II. He served on the attending staff at Maine Medical Center and Webber Hospital and was a member of Cumberland County Medical Society and the New England Ophthalmological Society. He also served as senior clinical instructor of ophthalmology at Tufts University Medical School in the 1970s. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Goldman Jacobson; two daughters, Carol Mikoleski and Janice Jacobson; a son, Paul Jacobson; one grandson, and a brother, Dr. Sidney Jacobson. He was predeceased by a brother, Mitchell Jacobson ’46 and a daughter, Susan D. Jacobson ’71, the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin, who died in October 2010.