Thursday, July 26, 2007

Anders Trygve Netland, M.D., FACOG

I feel a strange sadness about the death of the man who delivered me, perhaps like a part of me is gone. Shouldn't my mother be more sad than I? She doesn't need his help anymore, but I might have liked to at least meet him (wearing more clothes and doing less crying). Imagine if he could have delivered my children. I would have seriously considered traveling to Bangor, Maine to have the same doctor deliver my children, were he still capable.

Mom said he was very nice, very "down-to-earth." "There were times when I'd go in that he'd ask if I had any questions and then just sit there and chit chat," she said. "Felt bad for the people waiting."

ORONO - Anders T. Netland, M.D., FACOG, 80, died July 20, 2007. He was born March 2, 1927, in Tonstad, Norway, the eighth of nine children born to Torkell and Ragna (Ousdahl) Netland. Dr. Netland graduated from the University of Oslo Medical School in 1952. He served in the Norwegian Army and Air Force. After an internship at White Plains Hospital, N.Y., he accepted a fellowship in OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. A captain in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from 1957 to 1959, he was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, and Warner Robbins Air Force Base, Warner Robbins, Ga. Dr. Netland completed a residency in OB-GYN at Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, serving as chief resident during 1961 and 1962. In July 1962, he joined William M. Shubert, M.D., in his Bangor office of OB-GYN. Dr. Netland was elected as Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1966. Dr. Netland served on the staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center from 1962 to 1990, the staff at St. Joseph Hospital and Consulting Staff at James Taylor Hospital, Bangor. As chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Maine Medical Center from 1980 to 1989, he was instrumental in the construction of the Obstetrical/Surgical/Neo-natal unit, Level 7, a model facility for all of Northeastern Maine. He was on the teaching staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center's family practice residency program. He served as chief of OB-GYN at St. Joseph Hospital from 1980 to 1983. A lifelong member of the Penobscot County medical Association, Dr. Netland served as president from 1997 to 1998. He received his 50-year pin from the Maine Medical Association in 1993. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Colposcopy and Colpomicroscopy, American Urology Society and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In 1991 he was elected to the William E. Simmons Society, which was established by Eastern Maine Medical Center in 1991 to honor physicians emeriti and their valuable service to patients, the hospital and the Eastern Maine community. The Simmons Society recognizes the high professional standards and long-term service of the physicians who have continued the tradition of Eastern Maine Medical Center founders. He was elected the same year to The Charles Hamlin Society in recognition of exceptional generosity to the hospital for the benefit of the people served by Eastern Maine Medical Center. During his career he served on the following hospital committees, Maine Medical Association House of Delegates, Chief of Services Committee, Credentials Committee, Tissue Committee, Long Range Plan Committee, Family Practice Education Committee and the Low Birth Weight, Hysterectomy, Cesarean Section Audit committees. He was also on the Disaster Committee at St. Joseph Hospital. Dr. Netland started cross-country skiing at age 2, in the mountains of Norway and skied for 76 years. His endurance, traditional cross-country and Stein Eriksen downhill styles were legendary. His downhill telemark turn was fluid and graceful. Beginning in the early 1980s he participated in every Caribou Bog cross-country ski race, 18 kilometers, between Bangor and Old Town. In 1994, in an effort to attract the participation of younger skiers, his gift and annual pledge supported the Wicket Winter Children's Tour Event. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Garnier) Netland of Orono; and his children, Peter A. Netland, M.D., Ph.D., of Memphis, Tenn., Thomas E. Netland., V.M.D., and his wife, Lauren, V.M.D., of Cumberland Center, Gregory A. Netland and his wife, Kimberly Holliday, J.D., of Boxford, Mass., Karin E. Netland Weldon, M.D., M.P.H., P.H. and Tropical Medicine, and her husband, Christopher B. Weldon, M.D., Ph.D., of Brookline, Mass. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Emma and Edward "Ted" Netland of Lafayette, Calif., Danielle, Ethan, Ian and Mia Chun Netland of Cumberland Center, Cameron, and twins, Catherine "Cady" and Sarah Netland of Boxford, Mass., and Nathaniel, Eli, and Caleb Weldon of Brookline, Mass. His only surviving sibling is Borgny (Netland) Skollevol of Saltrod, Norway. He was predeceased by his brothers, Andreas and Bjarne Netland; sisters, Asgerd Spiegleberg Burke, Astrid Thime, Tonette Netland, Randi Netland and Signy Dahl. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Veterans' Home in Bangor and to Hospice of Eastern Maine for their loving and compassionate care. A special thanks to Jean Lane, R.N., his Level 7 supervisor, who guided him through his final hours with love, compassion and grace. A service of remembrance will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono. A reception will be after at a location to be announced. Gifts in memory of Dr. Netland may be sent to Labor and Delivery at Eastern Maine Medical Center, 489 State St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
Obit stolen from Bangor Daily News.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Thank you for your very fine commemoration of Dr. Netland's death. He had a fulfilling life of service and will be missed. I'm one of his children, and also a doctor. I've learned from your comments that I probably inherited the same tendency to chat with patients from my father!