Sam McFSamuel W. McFadden, II

Samuel W. McFadden, II, was born in Newark, New Jersey. He was the husband of Nancy (Peters) McFadden and son of Daisy (Poole) McFadden of the Bronx, N. Y. He was raised in the Williamsbridge area of the Bronx.

Sam was educated at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and graduated from the University College of Liberal Arts and Science of New York University. This May, although ill, he proudly participated in his 50th NYU class reunion. His medical doctorate was conferred by the University of Basel Medical School, Switzerland, in 1964.

Dr. McFadden then completed medical internship at Framingham Union Hospital, followed by pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital prior to residency training in radiology and radiotherapy at Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine and at Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

In 1972, Dr. McFadden was certified by the American Board of Radiology and was appointed to the radiology and pediatric faculties of both Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. For the past 25 years, he has served as Clinical Instructor in Radiology on the faculty of Tufts University Medical School. While at Boston City Hospital, he chaired the Child Abuse and Neglect Team and served in a similar capacity at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition to these positions, he also practiced radiology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, Walter Fernald State School, Paul Dever State School and Cambridge City Hospital.

In 1977, he joined the staff of Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and served for 25 years as chief of radiology. He served the hospital in many capacities including president and vice president of the medical staff, and was recently honored by Tobey for his 30 years of service. But above all he will be remembered as a compassionate physician, a mentor to many and a caring loyal friend.

Sam was a member of numerous professional societies and committees. For nearly 30 years, he was actively involved with the National Medical Association, serving from 1987 to1993 on the executive committee and as representative to the American College of Radiology summit conferences. In the mid-1970’s he importantly served as president of the New England Medical Society, whose mission included mentoring minority medical students of the Boston area. He was a member of the American College of Radiology since 1974, and in 1993 was honored as a fellow of the college.

During his three decades as a South Coast (Massachusetts) resident in the town of Marion, he was especially devoted to family and community service. He served for 12 years on the Old Rochester Regional School Committee and in 2003 was elected to the Marion Board of Health, also serving as chairman. He was recently honored by the Sippican Historical Society for his commitment and dedication to the community. He was a member of Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion, serving on its vestry. On the day following his passing, flags throughout the Marion community were lowered to half-mast.

He was also a trustee of Friends Academy in Dartmouth, a director and vice chairman of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, vice president of the Bristol Medical Society, board member of the New Bedford Art Center and director of the South Coast YMCA which recently honored him as their Volunteer of the Year. At this award ceremony, Gary Schuyler, executive director, commented, “Sam was a giant of a man with tremendous strength of character who lived his life with grace and purpose”.

Sam also demonstrated special caring and sharing for his friends and neighbors. Even in declining health, he was the quintessential positive person.

In addition to his wife and mother he has two sons, Jonathan of Los Angeles and U.S. Navy Lt. Jesse A. McFadden of Jacksonville, Fla.; his daughter-in-law, Amanda, of Jacksonville; and his grandson, Samuel Mason McFadden, of Jacksonville.

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