portrait of Nathaniel W. Faxon

Portrait of Nathaniel W. Faxon, MD

“Dr. Faxon has had an honorable and wonderful career, much of which has been passed within the walls of our hospital. He must, in his own mind, be leaving with the great satisfaction of a difficult job well done and should realize, also, that he leaves with the admiration and love of all who have been associated with him here, and with the respect and gratitude of the entire community…There are only two things in life that really count- friends and reputation- and no man is more abundantly blessed with both than our dear friend.” 

Dr. John R. Macomber 

Faxon (1880-1972) was born in South Braintree, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1905. He had a private practice before entering the Army Medical Corps during WWI. Upon his return in 1919, he was appointed assistant director of the MGH and MEEI, leaving in 1922 to become director of the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. He returned to become General Director of the MGH and MEEI in 1935.