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Dr. William Halsted Jameison

Dr. William Halsted Jameison (Bill), devoted husband and father, died unexpectedly on February 28th, 2017, at the age of 87. He was lovingly surrounded by immediate family when he passed at the ArchCare at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, New York.

Bill was born in Manhattan, New York, on June 16, 1929, to Dr. Frances and Dr. Gerald R. Jameison and was raised in White Plains, New York. Bill has meant so much to all of us, as husband, father, and brother, and to his friends and devoted patients. He was probably the kindest man we've known. He cared, and this attitude was sensed by all who knew him. The good effect of this spirit on human lives was so subtle that many of us were unaware of how he touched and influenced the course of our lives.

As a young man, Bill enjoyed fly fishing, skiing, shooting, and horseback riding. He was a pilot later in life and enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee, "2-9-Whiskey". Summers were spent at the Jameison Camp at Honnedaga Lake in the Adirondacks. It was here that Bill and his family experienced and developed his love of nature which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. During his surgical residency at Westchester Medical Center, Bill met his future wife, Marie Vinci a Surgical RN; Bill married Marie on July 26th, 1958 while completing his residency.

Bill started his academic career at the Hackley Preparatory School in Tarrytown, New York. From there, he attended Pre-Med Sciences at Dartmouth College (1951) in Hanover, New Hampshire. He continued his medical training at Albany Medical College (1955) in Albany, New York then interned and fulfilled his surgical residency at the Westchester Medical Center in White Plains, New York. Following his surgical residency, Bill served his country as an Army Surgeon, based at Ft. Jackson Army Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. He was honorably discharged in 1962 at the rank of Captain.

Following his US Army service, Bill and his family moved to Rhinebeck, where he accepted the role of Northern Dutchess Hospital's primary general surgeon (1963). Rhinebeck became the long time home where his children were raised and the community relied on his steady hands and surgical expertise. Bill was a lifelong member of the American Medical Association, and American Society of Surgeons.

Bill was predeceased by his parents; Gerald Reid and Frances Halsted Jameison, his sister Charlotte Edgar, and by mere hours, his loving daughter Jessica. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie, his brother, Tim Jameison, and sister, Frances. He is also survived by his three sons and their families, Gerald (Shari) Jameison of Rhinebeck, New York, Robert (Kris) Jameison of Gambier, Ohio, and William H. (Alexandria) Jameison of Red Hook, New York, three grandchildren (Alex, Nicholas, and Andrew) and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Dapson Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, on Tuesday, March 7, from 11 am to 12 pm. Funeral service will follow at 12 pm.

Private interment will be at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.

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