Family Login:

Kenneth Blanchard, MD

Share This Obituary


Memories & Candles

“Thirteen years ago in May 2004, I was struggling to control my hypothyroidism which had been diagnosed some ten years earlier. I was lethargic,...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: David Alesbury - Kissimmee, FL

“I am so saddened to hear of Doc Blancharrds passing! I stayed on the third floor two years when Brian and Scotti were little and needed care! He was...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Heidi Scott - Venice, FL

“I was stunned at the news of Dr. Blanchard's passing. How I looked forward to connecting with him, Barry and Cheryl on my six month visits. My...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Rodrigues - Boston, MA

“It was a great privilege to train with Dr. Blanchard during what would be the final 16 months of his life's work. He was nothing short of a hero in...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Rachel Katz, MD - Newton, MA

“Among other things, had Dr. Blanchard not appeared in my life when he did I might not be married (ten years this year) or have a beautiful daughter....Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark Foster - Arlington, MA

“I've just heard of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I just saw him the week prior. I've been a patient for over 11 years. Wonderful man, the fact that he...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Dorothy Santaniello - Longmeadow, MA

“Very sad to hear about Dr. Blanchard's passing. He was a very brilliant clinician who seemed to practice a rapidly disappearing form of medicine that...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Marietta Brill - Brooklyn, NY

“Just heard of your passing...I was a patient for over 20 years...He helped me back then when no other docs could...Great sense of humor and always...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara Thom - Braintree, MA

“I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Dr. Kenneth Blanchard passing...I was his patient more than fifteen years. He was very professional doctor...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Golda Yelaun - Framingham, MA

“I too was one of the lucky who got treatment from Dr.Blanchard. I was about 30 years old when I first met him. I was desperate to find a Doctor who...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Saundra Grillo - Rowley, MA

“We are all grateful for Dr. Blanchard's ability to be brave with his approaches. Also grateful for the time we had him. To his family, you should...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathryn Hoctor - Becket, MA

“RIP, Dr. Blanchard. You listed when no other Dr. would. Don't know what I am going to do without you. ”
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen Long - Concord, MA

“RIP Dr. Blanchard. It's shocking to think that you were even mortal. You will be missed by so many. You did your duty well and your service was...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Pamela Estey - Duxbury, MA

“As so many others have expressed, my grief and feeling of enormous loss continue. Not a day passes that I don't think of Dr. Blanchard, wishing I we...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Margosian - Needham, MA

“News of Dr. Blanchard's death leaves me desolate. <br />I had the good fortune to be Dr. Blanchard's patient for decades. He was a...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Constance Wilkinson - Brewster, MA

“I am still in shock over dear Dr. Blanchard's passing. It's hard to believe a man so vital and full of life as Ken was is no longer here. I...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Marushka Glissen - Newton, MA

“I am deeply saddened to learn today of Dr. Blanchard's death. He was a remarkable pioneer in his field, and changed my life. I'm so grateful to...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Gail Gang

“Praying for this wonderful man whose dedication and service to his patients gave me new hope and changed my life. I will miss your kind bedside...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Michaela Martini - North Falmouth, MA

“I was so shocked to learn today of our beloved Dr. Blanchard's passing. I was a patient of his for so long that I have lost track. I am sorry...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Cathy Liu - Medford, MA

“Thank you to all those that posted the kind words regarding my father, I take great pride in reading the difference he made in so many peoples lives...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Scott Blanchard - Charlotte, NC

“Dr. Blanchard was a life changing physician whose skills insights about the treatment of thyroid conditions was unsurpassed and scientifically...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Lisa Palmer - Boca Raton, FL

“It's hard to believe that Dr.Blanchard is no longer with us... I saw him on Wednesday and he passed just just 2 days later.He has always been very...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Irene Drabkin - shrewsbury, MA

“How very sad to learn that yet another of the oh so few doctors who genuinely understood how to diagnose and correctly treat thyroid disease is no...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: frances davis - Reading, VA

“Dr. Blanchard was my doctor for many years and I too, feel fortunate to have been a patient. He saved me from a life of misery with a difficult-to...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Lee - Boston, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I had the brief opportunity to call on him a year ago with my Boston sales rep for a women's...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Murphy - Chatham, NJ

“I just heard of Dr. Blanchard's passing yesterday and I am still in shock and so saddened. I have been a long time patient and I can truly say Dr....Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Helen Costas - Boston, MA

“I was found Dr. Blanchard through the recommendation of one of his patients. I was told he would change my life. And he Did!I consider myself so...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela O'Brien - Melrose, MA

“As one of Dr. Blanchard's long time patients, I am shocked, saddened and heartbroken of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I am one of the many patients whose...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane Weir - West Newbury, MI

“After years of feeling rotten and trying numerous treatments, I found Dr. Blanchard's name in a book about hypothyroidism. It took almost a year on...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Nan McCarthy - Hillsboro, NH

“Doctor Blanchard once referred to me as &quot;his biggest fan&quot;, and I was proud to have that title. After finding him by an act of what...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Ellen Valentine - Chartley, MA

“One of his many patients whose life got better because of his &quot;doctoring&quot;. So sad. ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Elaine MacDonald - Chelmsford, MA

“I am shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I was a patient of his for over 17 years and his amazing treatment of thyroid...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Grace Furnari - Norwood, MA

“Wow, I am shocked and dismayed to read of Dr. Blanchard's passing. His work changed my life for the better. I am so fortunate to have been...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Rita Walsh - West Roxbury, MA

“I heard the very sad news about Dr. Blanchard a couple of days ago and am so shocked and saddened. He was so vital. I was a patient for many years...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Miranda DM - Brookline - friend

“Yesterday I heard the sad news of Dr Blanchard's passing. The world lost a wonderful soul who was kind, smart and funny. I'll miss him as a person...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Daria Reagan - Newton, MA

“Sadly, I learned earlier this week of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I am immensely shocked &amp; devastated by the news. I have been a patient of...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Frances Salvaggio - Toronto, ON

“I was completely stunned and heartbroken to receive the letter from Dr. Blanchard's office to let us know of his passing. I had just been with Dr....Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Pat McCarthy - Andover, MA

“I am one of many patients who respected and loved Dr. Blanchard. He was a devoted physician, always renewing his knowledge and helping us to live our...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie Scanlon - Andover, MA

“So thankful to God for the season He gave me Dr. Blanchard. He was such a blessing to me in treating me. My thoughts and prayers go out to his...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandy Buchanan - Sarasota, FL

“I received the letter in the mail announcing Dr. Blanchard's passing. I know that like many here who are expressing their condolences, they too...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Cathy Bienvenue

“I was stunned and saddened to learn today that Dr. Blanchard had passed. He was truly a rock star in the world of endocrinology focusing upon...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Holly Nelson - North Quincy, MA

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. He truly saved my life and will be missed terribly. When no one else believed me,...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Sandra Maus - Springfield, PA

“Dr. Blanchard, you will be so missed by so many. Your humor, wit and candor. Your ability to make anecdotal, medical skepticism a reality for so many...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Cecilia Howard - Bedford, NH

“Dr. Blanchard was a truly wonderful physician who over the years helped a great many people including my wife. I will never forget the first time I...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Lanning Molleur - Tyngsborough, MA

“My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Blanchard's family. He was a truly gifted doctor with so much to give. His compassionate care will be missed by...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeannette Gagnon - Barrington, RI

“It is with great sadness that I learned of Dr Blanchard's passing. Words cannot express the sympathy I have for the loss felt by his family, friends,...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah Correa - NJ

“I just learned about Dr. Blanchard's passing today, and like all of the people who spoke so lovingly in these tributes, am heartbroken. I was a...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen Hines - Middleborough, MA

“I am so, so sorry to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. He was a wonderful doctor and human being. I've been seeing him for 20 years. He...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Kimberly Hutchins

“I am so saddened at the loss of Dr. Blanchard. My deepest condolences to his family, Barry, and Cheryl. He was the only Dr. who was able to make me...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Cynthia Webber - Milford, MA

“I am shocked, heartbroken, and very saddened to hear of Dr. Blanchard’s passing. This is a tremendous loss to so many people whose lives he touched...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Paula L - Boston, MA

“I'm devastated to hear this news. Dr. Blanchard was THE kindest and most caring physician! He truly listened to his patients and was always available...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracy Milkay - Beverly, MA

“I just learned of Dr.Blanchard's passing and am in shock. I started going to him over 30 years ago and benefitted from his treatment immensely,...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: P Andrews - Leominster, MA

“I am reading many other condolences with similar stories as mine. Stumbling upon Dr. Blanchards book over 10 years ago was a gift from god. Dr....Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Meg Ryan-Giarusso - Worcester, MA

“I was stunned to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing today. I've always felt blessed to have found him more than 15 years ago, knowing that my...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Smith - Nashua, NH

“I was shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Blanchard's death. It's hard to believe this brilliant physician who turned things around for me, after...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy Swartz - Chambersburg, PA

“My sincerest condolences to Doc's wonderful family, (he spoke of you all at each visit) friends, colleagues, Barry and Cheryl... I am still in...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Dr. Neena Florsheim - Milwaukee, WI

“Dr. Kenneth Blanchard certainly made a immeasurable difference with his life.<br />I am very fortunate to have crossed paths with him and to be...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Marte Smith-Marston - Needham, MA

“What a shock as I heard the message on the voicemail this morning of Dr. Blanchard's passing. What a great asset to the medical field in helping...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Dana A - North Andover, MA

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Blanchard. My sincere condolences to his family, and friends, and to Barry and Cheryl. He...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Liz Graham - Norton, MA

“Dear, Blanchard family, so sorry for your loss he will be missed bye a lot of his family ”
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Spiro - Newton, MA - friend

“With deepest sympathy,Marilyn Pierro and Welton Barker ”
61 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rita and Family: It was with much sadness that I read of Dr. Blanchard's passing. As a past employee, I realized early on that Dr. Blanchard's...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Betsy Spiro - Newton, MA

“I am so saddened to hear of this wonderful man's passing. I was his patient for 8 years and he truly changed my life. He was a great doctor. ”
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Josephine Lee - Cohasset, MA

“I just found out about the passing of this wonderful man and Dr. I will never find someone so willing to buck the medical system and try different...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Rieder - ME

“Dr. Blanchard was a wonderful, one of a kind human being. I wrote him a letter 15 years ago asking to become a patient when I had been suffering with...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Katie Deane DeLaRosa - Boston, MA

“I was so stunned and saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Kenneth Blanchard. Many condolences to his family, who he loved so much and let you know...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Fran Frost - West Boylston, MA

“Dr Blanchard was a wonderful man and caring doctor. My sister and I were both patients and he helped us so much. He loved his family and enjoyed...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Alice Richer - Wrentham, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Dr Blanchard's passing. Condolences to Rita and their children and grandchildren as well as Barry and Cheryl. I was a...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Pollock - Upton, MA

“My condolences to Ken's family as well as to Barry and all those who worked with him over the years. His skill as an endocrinologist is evident from...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Gordon M. - Newton, MA - Friend

“Dr Blanchard was part of a narrowing category of physicians who throughout their career continued to learn and listen and think on the edge....He...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Anne Kelly - Warwick, RI

“I am sorry and sad to hear about Dr. Blanchard's passing. I was one of his many patients whose life was changed for the better through his...Read More »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeremy Swartz - Chambersburg, PA

“I just learned today of dear Dr. Blanchard's passing. I had been his patient for many years. He expertly discovered and treated my thyroid when other...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Marie Gerasimchik - FL

“We are devastated to hear that Dr. Blanchard has passed away. With a familial history of hypothyroidism, both myself and my daughter were patients of...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Meg Glazer - Hingham, MA - Friend

“I was so in shock to learn of Dr. Blanchard's passing. He was an incredibly brilliant, funny man who showed such empathy for all his patients. ...Read More »
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Barbara Donahue - Wakefield, MA

“I was a patient of Dr Blanchard for many years. He was the old fashion doctor who took the time to listen to you and help you understand what was...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Susan Donnell - Framingham, MA

“I am deeply saddened by Dr. Blanchard's passing and want to thank him deeply for taken me on as a patient when I was pregnant with twins. I saw...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Gritzner - Colrain, MA

“I just heard about Dr. Blanchard's passing this morning after being away for a couple of weeks. I saw him for my semi-annual appointment just a...Read More »
77 of 100+ | Posted by: Wendy Damoulakis - newton, MA

“I am heartbroken to hear the news of Dr. Blanchard! He saved my life when no one else could. He truly is a brilliant man! In my eyes he will be my...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Shelly Schweikart - NY

“I am heartbroken to learn of Dr. Blanchard's sudden passing. He was the best, most caring and compassionate doctor on this planet -- and a genius at...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Tracy Breton - Cranston, RI

“My Husband Tony and I are so saddened to hear of Dr Blanchard's passing - we were both his patients and he helped us both so much. Condolences to...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Miriam DiGirolamo - Stow, MA

“I am so sad to learn of Dr. Blanchard's sudden passing. It has been an incredible honor and pleasure to have been one of his patients over the years...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Betsey Yeats - Lincoln, MA

“I am saddened and heartbroken to hearing of the passing of Dr. Blanchard. I have been a patient of his for 23 years. He has been my savior when no...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Monica Corcoran - Framingham

“My heart breaks. Dr. Blanchard was such a huge part of my life. I always told him that because of him, I can enjoy my life again. He always spoke...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Meg Sullivan - Hingham, MA

“Sorry to hear of his passing. His energy and intelligence was commendable. I truly appreciate all of his thyroid knowledge and care. ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: L V - Hingham, MA

“I am very saddened to hear of Dr Blanchard's passing. As one of his patients, I am indebted to him for helping me to heal and feel well again. I...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Vhari Neale - East Greenwich, RI

“I just want to express my deepest sorrow to the Blanchard family. I pray that the each of you are comforted with peace and love. I also want to...Read More »
86 of 100+ | Posted by: April Crider - Cleves, OH

“I was one of Dr. Blanchard's many fortunate patients. He was not only an incredibly compassionate and caring practitioner, he was a brilliant...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Krueckeberg - MA

“I can't express how so very very sorry I was to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I was to meet him this week for my yearly visit. He has been...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa Hsieh - Medway, MA - friend

“Dear Dr Blanchard' family, Cheryl & Barry, Dr Blanchard was a wonderful Dr & treated me for about 20 years. His care changed my life. I had energy &...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Vincent - Wakefield, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. He was a lovely, kind and compassionate person and a terrific doctor. I will forever be grateful...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: carol taylor - hull, MA

“Ken was my little brother of whom I was extremely proud. More so when I read these many comments by those who were helped by his unconventional...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Fred Blanchard - Brunswick, ME

“I am deeply shocked to learn of Dr. Blanchard's death. I just saw him in February for our regular 6-month review. He was energetic, engaged and...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Daryl Every - BRAINTREE, MA

“He was a wonderful Dr. and helped me a great deal. We talked about knee replacements and how he like to crew and all sort of exercise. He will be...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronney Traynor - Chestnut Hill, MA

“I am truly sorry to learn of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I believe Dr. Blanchard saved my life more than 30 years ago. He was a wonderful physician,...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Catherine Hogan - Needham, MA

“He was a wonderful Dr. and helped me a great deal. We talked about knee replacements and how he like to crew and all sort of exercise. He will be...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Ronney Traynor - Chestnut Hill, MA

“Words can't express how sad I am to learn of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I had just spoken with him on April 11th. I am so grateful I was able...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Debra Shultz - New york, NY

“I am so very sad to learn of Dr. Blanchard's passing. My sympathies to his family as well as Cheryl and Barry. He was a wonderful and charming man...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Lou Gaglini - Wayland, MA

“Absolutely devastated by the loss of the best doctor ever. As with so many others on this page, I can honestly say that he made a huge difference in...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Lyn Abissi - Boston, MA - Friend

“Dear Dr Rita Blanchard, Brian, Scott and Family,We are so saddened by the loss of our dear colleague, Dr. K Blanchard. He was a refreshingly...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathleen ONeil Smith - Newton, MA

“I am so saddened to hear of Dr. Blanchard's passing. I am so grateful for his great knowledge and care for his patients. I truly believe he changed...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: maureen obey - Westwood, MA


Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, of Newton, April 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife Dr. Rita (Campbell) Blanchard, two sons, Brian Blanchard and Scott Blanchard, three grandchildren Grace, Rose and Cole Blanchard and his brother Fred Blanchard.
Born in Perth Amboy New Jersey, he was the son of Fred and Edith Blanchard. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD from Princeton University and after a brief teaching stint at Vassar College where he married his wife of over 50 years, Dr. Rita (Campbell)Blanchard, he then entered medical school. Both Rita and Ken graduated from Cornell Medical College with doctorates in medicine. Ken then interned at New York Hospital followed by a fellowship in endocrinology in Boston. After completing his Fellowship, he entered private practice in Newton Massachusetts. At the time of his death, he was still seeing patients and had earned a worldwide reputation for his success in treating those with thyroid disease and had authored two books on his methods of treatment. A Memorial Service will be held in the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St, Newton, on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Ken's memory