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Dr. Lawrence Withington turns 104 on March 31

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Dr. Lawrence F. Withington will celebrate his 104th birthday on Monday.

Inspired by the rural general practitioner who cared for his family in Adams Center, Dr. Withington decided as a youngster he wanted to become a physician. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completing his residency in internal medicine at Kings County Hospital, both in New York City, Dr. Withington opened an office in 1939 in the back of a barbershop in Copenhagen.

In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a flight surgeon on a seaplane tender in the South Pacific. After the war, he came to Watertown, remaining in general practice until his retirement in 1986. His wife, Alice Giblin Withington, died in 2007 at 96.

His daughter, Nancy W. Del Borgo, said her dad still “gets a kick out of life” and among activities he enjoys is reading the Watertown Daily Times.

Birthday wishes can be sent to Dr. Withington at his home, 222 Thompson Blvd., Watertown, N.Y., 13601.

“Dad would love to hear from people,” Mrs. Del Borgo said.

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