Keith A. Buzzell, D.O., 85

Keith Buzzell, D.O.

Keith A. Buzzell, D.O., 85, of Bridgton, died at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Dr. Buzzell was born in 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied music at Bowdoin College and Boston University, and received his medical doctorate in 1960 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Buzzell served as Dean of the Department of Osteopathic Principals and Practices at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He served as Director of Education at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Portland, Maine from 1965 to 1968.

In 1990 Dr. Buzzell was named Maine Osteopath of the Year at the Osteopathic Conference in Rockland, for his involvement as a general practitioner in patient care and community service. As a country doctor he maintained a family practice for forty-two years in Fryeburg, and was a member of the staff at Bridgton Hospital. Over the course of his career he delivered babies, admitted patients to the hospital, made rounds at the hospital, worked in the emergency room and regularly made house calls, a practice he continued until 2010. Keith held the position of medical director and physician at the Fryeburg Health Care Center until October 2017.

Dr. Buzzell was the founder of Hospice Volunteers of Western Maine in the mid-1970s, after having met and been inspired by Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of Hospice, in Montreal where she was lecturing and, together with Robert Doyle, M.D., they trained volunteers in his office waiting room. In 1982 Congress initiated the creation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit which became permanent in 1986. He collaborated in the efforts to establish a volunteer Fryeburg Rescue, standing in as medical adviser, assisting the pioneer community leaders, Riley Wiley, Web Fox, Harold Wentworth and Dick Fox, who established the Charter for Fryeburg Volunteer Rescue.

Keith was a lifelong scholar of the sciences, especially neurophysiology, physics and astronomy. He lectured widely on the neurophysiological influences of television viewing on the developing human brain, and published a book on the topic, titled “Children of Cyclops.” In addition, he lectured on the three-stage evolution of man’s brain. He avidly read science books and journals, as well as novels. As a gifted writer, he combined his spiritual pursuits with his love of science to produce several books published by the Fifth Press. He collaborated in the founding of an international humanities conference; helping to connect people from 13 countries. Held annually at various locations, its purpose is the pursuit of the reconciliation of science and spirituality.

Keith loved, enjoyed and celebrated his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. His two daughters, Zoe and Cheryl, worked with him in his office practice. Cheryl remained with him as his medical assistant for 23 years. He loved creating, designing and growing vegetable gardens, building projects and harvesting firewood.

He is survived by his wife, Marlena (Ryerson) Buzzell; his brother Earl and sister-in-law Eleanor Buzzell; the mother of his children, Carrolle Buzzell; his daughters, Zoe Weizenkail, and Cheryl Buzzell and son-in-law Chris Bigelow; his son Rick Hensley-Buzzell and daughter-in-law, Dawn; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Bridgton. Interment will be at a later date at the North Bridgton Cemetery. Family and friends may attend visitation on Friday evening, July 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Fryeburg Rescue, PO Box 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com

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