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Dixon Clinic Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Jacqueline Weaver
Nearly 70 friends and well-wishers gathered at The Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic Aug. 26 to celebrate the clinic’s 50th anniversary. Philanthropist Edith Dixon chats with Kathy Kraman, a summer resident of Winter Harbor, at the clinic anniversary festivities.

GOULDSBORO — Jean O’Meara, whose husband, the late Dr. Edward O’Meara, founded Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, recalled his thoughts prior to the founding of The Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic.

The clinic celebrated its 50th anniversary Aug. 26.

She said she and her husband went to look at a farmhouse in West Gouldsboro in 1961 that was next door to the property where the clinic now resides.

O’Meara said her husband envisioned the house as a home for the first doctor who would head up the yet-to-be clinic in Gouldsboro. He also wanted a clinic in Southwest Harbor, which also came to fruition.

Dr. O’Meara was concerned “that people in those areas would not have to drive the additional 20 miles for their basic care,” O’Meara said.

The rest is history.

The clinic was built with support from Eleanor Widener Dixon, her son, the late Fitz Eugene Dixon, and his widow, Edith Dixon, Ruth Hawkins, Chandler Noyes, Louise Paine, Harry Stover and the McKay family, she said.

The first doctor to head the clinic was the late Dr. Eliot Stadler, who assumed his duties at the clinic in July 1964.

He remained until his tragic death following a fall in 1971.

O’Meara also credited her longevity — she recently celebrated her 90th birthday — to her care by clinic director Dr. Kerry Crowley and the nursing staff.

Edith Dixon, a philanthropist and summer resident of Winter Harbor, said building clinics in Southwest Harbor and Gouldsboro was “the right concept.”

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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