Stanley B. Sylvester ’46 died on April 14, 2015, in Topsham, Maine.(The following appeared in The Portland Press Herald in April):
TOPSHAM – Stanley B. Sylvester, M.D., 90, of The Highlands in Topsham, died on April 10, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born in Portland, the son of Allan W. and Dora H. Sylvester, growing up near Woodfords corner. He graduated from Deering High School in 1942, where he excelled as a member of the track team, serving also as a cheerleader in the days before it was considered proper for females to perform in this manner.
After three years in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he graduated from Bowdoin College, cum laude, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity.
In 1945, he married the former Patricia Curtis. He subsequently lived in Quincy, Mass., while attending Tufts University Medical School in Boston from which he graduated in 1952. He conducted a suburban practice in family medicine and obstetrics at Allen’s Corner in North Deering, then a rural area, choosing the location because he had heard that the Northgate Shopping Center might be built and that the city of Portland might construct new schools on Auburn Street. At this time, the Sylvester family lived in the historic Partridge-Quimby house on Westbrook Street in Stroudwater.
While in practice, Dr. Sylvester was a member of the medical staffs of the Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, as well as a member of the Cumberland County Medical Society, of which he was president in 1974-75, and of the Maine Medical and American Medical Association. From 1965-68, he served as a member of the Portland School Committee.
Dr. Sylvester later moved to the medical department of the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (now Unum/Provident) where he served 25 years, retiring in 1989, as vice president and medical director. In 1980, he was chairman of the Association of Insurance Medical Directors of New England. He was also a member of the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, by which he was certified as a specialist in the field of insurance medicine.
After retirement from Unum in 1989, while living on Cousins Island in Yarmouth, he developed an interest and skill in using computers, resulting in his conducting a small word processing business in an office attached to his home. In 1992, he was one of the founding members of “Headlighters,” an organization of Unum retirees, a group for which he edited an informative newsletter for seven years.
From 1990 until 2004, he was a member of the technical team which televised meetings of Yarmouth town committees and boards. In 1976, he married the former Jean Lawler whom he assisted in the operation of her pet care business.
For the last seven years, he and his wife have resided in the Maine Lodge at The Highlands retirement community in Topsham. He immersed himself in life at The Highlands and had a deep sense of community and did all he could to bring people together and create new opportunities. He served as chairman of the Board of The Highlands Residents’ Association. He put together books listing those living in the Maine Lodge, along with their pictures and short bios. He also ordered new name badges for Lodge residents and worked on themed picture bulletin boards that changed each week for residents to enjoy. He was a frequent visitor to The Highlands gym and pool, and was unofficially dubbed “The Mayor of the Highlands” by many residents and staff alike.
Surviving are his wife, Jean F. Sylvester of Topsham; and three daughters: Susan Kenney of Bothell, Wash., Ann Billings of Manassas, Va.; and Jane Maxwell of Montague, Calif.; as well as five grandchildren.