Harold ‘Hal’ N. Burnham Jr., M.D., 86

RAYMOND — Harold “Hal” Nichols Burnham Jr., M.D., 86, died on July 31, 2013, at home in Raymond on Sebago Lake with his family at his side.

Son of Harold Nichols Burnham Sr. and Margaret Beryl Skinner Burnham, Harold was born in Portland on March 21, 1927, and attended Deering High School (1944) and Bowdoin College (1948). After graduating from Bowdoin, he taught at Scattergood Friends School in Iowa, and led by his commitment to Quaker faith and practice, chose to serve nine months in prison as a conscientious objector in 1949. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Harold married Phyllis Dorn in 1958 at the Oak Street Friends Meeting in Portland. After completing an internship at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vt., and his residency at Maine Medical Center, the couple moved to Kentucky and worked at Miners’ Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. In 1963, they moved to Gorham where Harold established a private practice in family medicine. As a young doctor, Harold made house calls, delivered babies and offered hypnotherapy among other alternative and preventive medicine services. After retiring from private practice in 1986, Harold worked for the Mercy Hospital Chemical Dependency Program. Harold and his family spent summers in Raymond at Wind-in-Pines, the Burnham family business, moving there permanently in 1987.

Harold had many passions, some of which he pursued until recently. He was a devout Quaker, a ski instructor at Pleasant Mountain (a/k/a “Doc”), a catch-and-release fisherman, an organic farmer, and loved to play tennis, swim, jog, bike, walk the family forestlands, water ski, sail and row on Sebago Lake. Harold rarely missed a moment to talk with people on topics that mattered deeply to them, and to share his stories and listen to the stories of others regardless of the passage of time or the setting sun.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis; son Jonathan; daughter Margo; two grandsons; brother William; two nephews and a niece.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m., at the Portland Friends Meeting House, 1837 Forest Avenue, Portland. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Casco.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may consider making a donation to the Portland Friends Meeting, in care of Anne Harwood, 1837 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04103 or other charity that supports family health and wellbeing.

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