William Jenkins, 75, of Millinocket, ME, died February 27, 2015. He grew up in the Bangor, ME, area and, after attending the University of Maine, he served in the US Army for several years, including two years in Vietnam, where he earned two Bronze Stars; he retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. Having resolved to become a family physician while in Vietnam, he graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1982 and, after his residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, opened a private practice in the Katahdin area of Maine.
Bill was board certified in geriatrics and served as medical director of the Millinocket Regional Hospital emergency room and of the Katahdin Nursing Home. For several years he traveled to Vietnam with Vets With A Mission to provide medical care. His many recognitions included Maine Family Doctor of the Year in 1999 and the Maine Primary Care Association Clinical Excellence Award in 2007.
A layreader and member of the vestry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, he loved music, nonfiction books, photography, and the natural beauty of Maine. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Leslie, and their two sons, Mark and David.
Donations in his memory may be made to Vets With A Mission, 1307 Caldwell St., 3rd Floor, Newberry, SC 29108; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 40 Highland Ave., Millinocket, ME 04462; or Millinocket Regional Hospital, 200 Somerset St., Millinocket, ME 04462.