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Dr. David G. Publow passed from this life on July 18, 2017 at the age of 77, after a long struggle with ALS. He loved his family, his calling as a physician, singing, making people laugh, and sometimes golf.
David George Publow was born on February 11, 1940 in Niagara Falls, NY, the second son of Walter and Vera Publow of Lewiston, NY. He grew up in Lewiston with his older brother, Andy, and graduated Lewiston-Porter High School. He received his AB in English from the University of Rochester in 1961. At Rochester, David was pre-Med, was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, and was active in dramatics and musical comedy. It was at Rochester that he met Johanna Kessler, the love of his life. They married in 1962 after her graduation.
David received his MD degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1965. He joined the U.S. Navy and interned at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. In 1973, David completed his five-year Residency in the specialty of Orthopedic Surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. By that point, David and Johanna had started a family--daughter Andrea and son David. In 1973, the Publows moved to Bedford, NH. David established a solo practice in Orthopedics in nearby Manchester, which he continued until his retirement in 2011. He also served with distinction on various Boards and Committees at the Elliot and with multiple Orthopedic organizations.
Dr. Publow dearly loved his family. He is survived by Johanna, his wife of 55 years; son, David C. Publow of Troy, NY; daughter, Andrea J. Publow, her husband, Jedias Perago of Richmond VA, and granddaughter, Isabella Perago. He also leaves his brother, Andrew G. Publow, and his wife, Alice of Rochester, NY; brother-in-law, Rev. Charles W. Kessler of Dorchester, MA; brother-in-law, Donald P. Kessler and his wife, Rachel Day of Davis, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, both of whom had passed by the time David was twenty-two.
David wanted to thank his many caregivers, including the Dartmouth ALS Clinic, the Manchester VA Hospital team--especially the palliative care unit--the VNA hospice, and Elliot Hospital led by Dr. Ken Thomas. And, the best of them all, David's wife Johanna: "I asked too much of her, and she gave it willingly."
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the ALS Association of Northern New England, if desired. Services: Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 4-7 PM at Goodwin Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut Street, Manchester, NH. A Celebration of David's life will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2 PM at Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, Bedford, NH 03110. Interment will be held privately.
Published on July 22, 2017
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