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Dr. George Fettus, III

March 23, 1935 — February 20, 2017

Dr. GEORGE HAMILTON FETTUS, III "Jack" Was born March 23, 1935 in Darby, Pennsylvania. He died February 20, 2017, at his home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years and his three children. Jack spent most of his youth in Wayne, Pennsylvania and New Gretna and Margate, New Jersey, and there fell in love with boats and all things of the sea. He left home to attend Haverford College in 1952, graduating in 1956. Soon after graduation, he married Bryn Mawr College student Sharon Fettus, (née Hartridge), and proceeded to spend the next 60 years with her. He attended Temple Medical School, joined the United States Air Force (http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/air-force/) in 1962 and became a flight surgeon with tenures in San Antonio, Texas and Great Falls, Montana, and then did his residency in Head and Neck surgery in Portland, Oregon at the University Hospital. In 1969 Jack and Sharon returned east to the Malcom Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. With a sail boat in Annapolis anchoring him near the Chesapeake Bay, he eventually bought the house and land in Upper Marlboro that he so loved. After years of work that took him around the world and around the Washington beltway with stints at the Uniformed Services Medical College and at the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Medical Center, Jack retired from the Air Force in 1984 and went to work for the HMO Kaiser Permanente, helping to set up its east coast Head and Neck and Maxillofacial practices. After many full years of surgery and practice at Kaiser Permanente facilities in the Washington DC region and most specifically at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, Jack hung up his scalpel in 2007 but still continued clinical work until 2015. Jack also never severed his contact with South Jersey, keeping a family home in Margate and spending quality time on the Atlantic Ocean. With never enough time to sail or enjoy the next visit with family and friends, Dr. Fettus is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon; three children, Alison (Jeff Shenot) Robert (Julieanne Fettus) and Geoffrey (Amy Ryan Alexander); and six grandchildren, Christopher, Joshua, Sam, Gabrielle, Helen and Jane. A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Church, 14111 Oak Grove Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, on March 25, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Christ's Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia, at a later date. A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabas Church, 14111 Oak Grove Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, on March 25, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Christ's Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack's memory may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, (www.cbf.org/make-a-donation).

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