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In Memory of

Douglas Mitchell Black

March 2, 2017

Obituary


Douglas M. Black, M.D., beloved husband, father and friend, died peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2017. He was 86. He was a first generation American, born in Barre, Vermont to Scottish parents. He graduated from UVM Medical School and followed that up with two years in the Air Force. After three years at Women's Hospital in New York City to complete his training, he started an Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Concord, NH in 1963. He finally retired at age 80 and he always felt blessed to have found his calling in life....

Douglas M. Black, M.D., beloved husband, father and friend, died peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2017. He was 86. He was a first generation American, born in Barre, Vermont to Scottish parents. He graduated from UVM Medical School and followed that up with two years in the Air Force. After three years at Women's Hospital in New York City to complete his training, he started an Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in Concord, NH in 1963. He finally retired at age 80 and he always felt blessed to have found his calling in life. He was proud to have often cared for several generations of women within the same family.

He actively participated in the local community through various organizations including St. Paul's Church, Dartmouth Medical School, NH Board of Medicine, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, Concord City Council, YMCA, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord Community Music School, Feminist Health Center, and the NH Highland Games.

He kept fit over the years as an avid squash player and marathon runner-turned-walker in his later years. He broke his left foot while working as a young man in the granite quarry in Barre, VT. This gave him a distinctive gait that made him recognizable from afar, as did his characteristic broad smile and his trademark bowtie. He had a huge appetite for learning, loved to read and he always had a kind word or joke to share.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Leggett Black of Concord, NH; son Stephen and partner Gigi Mederos of San Marcos, TX; daughter Rebecca and husband Douglas Ingersoll of Concord, NH and their four children, Tristan, Myles, Camden and Flannery; daughter Susan and partner Carmelo Morales and their son Samuel of Segovia, Spain; son James and husband Michael Ballard of Worcester, MA; son Thomas and wife Meilanie of San Diego, CA; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Black of Mt. Juliet, TN; brother and sister-in-law John and Ellin Leggett of Arlington, VA; plus numerous nieces, nephews and their children. He is predeceased by his four brothers, Albert, Harold, William and his fraternal twin Donald.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at St. Paul's Church in Concord, NH on April 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul's Church in Concord.