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Obituary of Archibald Deming – West Hartford, CT

Dr. Archibald S. Deming, of West Hartford, died Wednesday (April 17, 2002) at his home with family members at his side. He was 87. Born in Hartford, the son of the late Dr. Edward A. and Evelyn (Staley) Deming, he lived in West Hartford for more than 60 years. He graduated from the Loomis School, Yale University, Class of 1936, and Harvard Medical School, where he was president of his class. While at Yale, he excelled on the saber fencing team and was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team, which he declined in order to continue his medical studies. Dr. Deming completed his internship and residency at Hartford Hospital, and remained associated with that institution in the practice of general medicine for nearly 40 years. He was widely respected by his colleagues and loved by generations of patients. He was known as a compassionate physician who continued to make house calls until his retirement in 1987. Medicine was, in fact, a family calling; The father and uncle of Dr. Deming were Hartford physicians, and his twin brother, Edward G. Deming, who died before him, was a plastic surgeon with whom he shared an office for many years. He was a member of the American Medical Assoc., the Connecticut Medical Assoc., and the Hartford County Medical Assoc. During World War II, Dr. Deming, a lieutenant commander, spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer stationed in the South Pacific and as a battalion surgeon in the Marine Corps. in Guadalcanal. For his military service he received three stars and a presidential citation. He was a communicant at the churches of St. Peter Claver and St. Thomas and was a member of the fraternal organization The Old Guard in West Hartford. Dr. Deming was an avid skier and water sports enthusiast and greatly loved nature, travel, singing, laughing and adventure. He enjoyed his vacation on Wolfe Island in Ontario, Canada, with his wife Ann and their five children in the beloved summer cottage he helped design and build. His hobbies also included singing in a barbershop quartet. His family fondly remembers the music that filled their home during Dr.’s frequent gatherings. Deming’s barbershop quartet of fellow physicians, “The Dry Docs.” Dr. Deming was a patient and devoted father whose faith, integrity and compassion deeply influenced his children and will continue to guide them throughout their lives. Dr. Deming is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann (Fleming) Deming; two sisters, Cornelia Collins of San Diego, CA, and Patricia Sullivan of West Hartford; five children, Mary Riley of Lynnfield, MA, Archibald Deming, Jr. of Moodus, Gail Brewer of Canton, Edward “Ned” Deming, II of Tacoma, WA, and Jane Scanlon of Des Moines, IA; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Hartford Hospital Cardiology Research Fund, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06106.