- June 12, 1930 - December 19, 2012
- Medfield, Massachusetts
of George 's Passing
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“I was so saddened to read of Dr. Gifford's passing. My mother, Alice, worked for him, as his office manager and medical secretary, while he had his...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ginnie McCarthy - FL - friend
“in 1985 Dr Gifford operated on my Cleft Palate and lip. Without sounding superficial or self absorbed my cleft turned out the best i have ever seen....Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Lindsey Perez (formely Lindsey Blake) - OK
“Dr. Gifford saved my life on several occasions back in the late 60's and early 70's. I was born with a severe lymphatic malformation and he performed...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Francis Morley - Lenox, MA
“How sad I was to hear of Dr. Gifford's death. As a parent of one of his patients so many years ago I learned first hand that his skill as a surgeon...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Ellen OConnell - Boca Raton, FL
“I realize this is late, but I have only just heard of Dr. Gifford's passing. I offer you my deepest sympathy - he was an amazing man. I truly would...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Emily Berman - Franklin, MA
“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Gifford. He was a very kind man who helped me when I was in Children's Hospital back in 1981. Later...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Deborah Desmond Meserve - ME
“Dear Dr. Gifford's Family,
I was 16 years old when a drunk driver hit me, head on, in a car accident, in which I went through the windshield,...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Psm Barker - Needham, MA
“dear mrs. gifford,
i was born in troy, ny and the next day i was at the children's hospital. i was there almost yearly for operations for...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: ron finn - chittenden, VT
“To the Gifford Family -
It was only tonight that I learned of Dr. Gifford's passing away last month. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Christina Lemmo - Burlington, MA
“Dr. Gifford helped to make my cousin Brenda Pelrine as beautiful on the outside as she has always been on the inside. There is a special place in...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sandy - NH
“Dr. gifford was an amazing man. He reconstructed my cleft lip at Children's hospital after dr. Swanson only closed my cleft lip half way. He was...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda Lee - Burlington, MA
“Thank you Dr. Gifford for your service to me and my family as my first plastic surgeon for my bilateral cleft lip and palate. Putting my parents...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Kara - Braintree, MA - Patient
“Dear Anisia, My prayers are with you and your family. I have been in contact with you through our friendship with Evelyn Mitchell. I will call her...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Liz Collins - Salem, OR - friend
“Dear Anisia and the Gifford family,
You have our condolences in the loss of George. He was a great friend and doctor to our family. We greatly...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Corinne Crowell - Needham, MA
“George and Anisia were close friends during the rigors of medical school and then some of us took different paths to practice our crafts. They...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Cal Collins - Salem, OR
“Anisia. I was so sorry to learn of george's passing. I met you at briarwood and shared the table with you at lunchtime but I just wanted to write...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Linda greene - MA
“TO THE FAMILY OF DR. GIFFORD,I EXTEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR YOUR LOSS.WHEN I SAW DR. GIFFORDS OBITUARY PICTURE,I REMEMBERED HIM IMMEDIATELY..HIS...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: maureen mancinelli - RAYNHAM, MA
“Dr Gifford was instrumental in repairing my son, Michael's,severe bilateral cleft palate and lip. He was not only ahead of his field in cleft palate...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: lillian rawan - boston , MA
George Hussey Gifford Jr., MD – Boston surgeon and member of the 1950 Harvard Crew that won the Henley Royal Regatta – died Wednesday evening December 19, 2012, at age 82 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Throughout his distinguished career at the Boston Children's and the Brigham and Women's Hospitals, Dr. Gifford performed surgeries on hundreds of children with congenital deformities, burns, and facial injuries. He was also active in training national leaders in the field of plastic surgery. He helped develop important, novel surgical approaches, including tissue expansion and use of skin flaps for restoring natural appearance in children and adults.
During his early training at Harvard in the 1960s, Dr. Gifford was part of the team developing ways to repair cardiac birth defects in "blue babies." But he later left heart surgery to focus on restoring children's appearances. "Too many of the blue babies died. I always had trouble with that. I liked talking to parents. I went into plastic surgery because I could explain to parents how we would make their children look better, and then I'd do it." He was on the faculty of Harvard School of Medicine from 1968 until his retirement in 1995.
Dr. Gifford was also passionate about rowing. As a Harvard sophomore in 1950 he was a member of the Varsity heavyweight crew that defeated Yale and went on to win the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. He was named an All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Association, and continued to anchor the Harvard Varsity until his graduation in 1952. Later in life he was an accomplished sweeps rower at the Masters level, winning the International Masters event for his age group in the Men's 4 with coxswain at Bled, Yugoslavia. He was an avid member of the Cambridge Boat Club.
He served in the Navy on the USS Monrovia from 1952-54.
He leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Anisia Allen Gifford. He also leaves his children Allen L. Gifford of Boston, George H. Gifford III of Cumberland, RI, Anisia R. Gifford of Medfield, and John T. Gifford also of Medfield, MA, as well as his grandchildren - Canaan Gifford, Taber Gifford, Anisia Lundberg, Georgia Lundberg, Colden Lundberg, William Gifford, Reuben Gifford, Adelaide Gifford, and Olive Gifford. He is survived by his sister Augusta Gifford of Washington, DC.
A Memorial Service is planned later in the Spring 2013, with the date and location yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.