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“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 is little more that one could desire. When all is done, 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. He graduated from Harvard in 1902 and from Harvard Medical School in 1905. For five years, he had a private practice in Stoughton and then entered the Army Medical Corps during World War I. Upon his return from the war in 1919, he was appointed assistant director of the MGH and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, leaving in 1922 to become director of the Strong Memorial Hospital. He returned to become General Director of the MGH and the MEEI in 1935. Upon his retirement in 1949, Faxon was named Director Emeritus.

Portrait of Nathaniel W. Faxon, MD

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 is little more that one could desire. When all is done, 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. He graduated from Harvard in 1902 and from Harvard Medical School in 1905. For five years, he had a private practice in Stoughton and then entered the Army Medical Corps during World War I. Upon his return from the war in 1919, he was appointed assistant director of the MGH and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, leaving in 1922 to become director of the Strong Memorial Hospital. He returned to become General Director of the MGH and the MEEI in 1935. Upon his retirement in 1949, Faxon was named Director Emeritus.