OBITUARY: Stokes Gentry M.D.

OBIT-Stokes-042513Stokes Gentry M.D.

Stokes Gentry M.D., husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, healer, committed citizen and fly fisherman, died at Wake Robin on April 16, 2013, with his family, a caring staff and a community of fellow residents supporting him.

Born in 1929 in Houston, Texas to Cyrus and Zella Keaster Gentry, he grew up in Pleasantville, N.Y., and graduated from Swarthmore College and Temple Medical School. After internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, he was stationed for two years at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Me. He came to Vermont for his pediatric residency, and then went to Duke University for a pediatric allergy fellowship. In 1962, he returned to Vermont to open his practice in general pediatrics and pediatric allergy, one to which he was deeply devoted until his retirement in 199–6.

Stokes was a community leader respected for his integrity and judgment. Among his roles were: co–founder, president and board chair of Wake Robin; over 36 years of service to the town of St. George as long–time moderator, Planning Commissioner and chair, Cemetery Commissioner and Health Officer; president of the Medical Center Hospital Staff; board member of The Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy; president of the Burlington Tennis Club; chair of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; secretary of the Pediatric Travel Club.  In 1995 he received, along with his wife, Mary Jane, the Boy Scout Council of Vermont’s Citizen of the Year Award.

He led a life of abiding passions: his family, his farm in St. George, his camp in the Adirondacks, sports as participant and fan and reading. He and Mary Jane enjoyed retirement: London theater, New Zealand fly fishing, hiking in the Rockies, beekeeping. The illness of his later years never caused him to lose his equanimity nor his wit.

Stokes is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his three children and their families—Brad, wife Eugenie, children Paige and Cyrus; Mary Lynn, husband Chris Riley, children Samantha and Meredith; Sarah, husband Marc Tischler, children Jacob and Ethan; his sister, Mary, husband Dave Call; nieces and nephews.

A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Memorial gifts may be sent to “The Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy” c/o The Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, 27 State Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, Vt. 05602.