Theodore A. Hussey, 82
BRUNSWICK — Theodore A. "Ted" Hussey, 82, of Bowdoin Street, died Oct. 5 at The Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in Auburn, after a long battle with leukemia.
Hussey was born in Marblehead, Mass., on April 21, 1930, to Hettie Vickery and Finley A. Mooers of Houlton. He was raised by his adoptive parents, Hazel and Alvin Hussey, of Marblehead.
Hussey earned a Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award and graduated from Lynn (Mass.) High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he had a long and distinguished career. He rose through the ranks from corpsman to lieutenant commander. His undergraduate studies were completed at The Citadel, and he earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University.
After 20 years of service, he left the Navy with an honorable discharge. He then accepted a teaching position at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and served on its planning committee. He was later appointed administrator of Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Md., an affiliate of Johns Hopkins.
Seeking a more leisurely lifestyle, he came to Maine and considered retirement. But his strong work ethic propelled him to accept the position of vice president of the Maine Hospital Association. Always civic-minded, he belonged to many community organizations. His active participation in Rotary International earned him a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Hussey's hobbies and interests were wide and varied. His greatest love was the sea and sailing his sloop Patience on the Chesapeake and Penobscot bays. He and his wife, Miriam, had many adventures cruising the Maine coast.
He was a quiet, soft-spoken, humble man. He loved his country and served it well. He was, above all, an officer and a gentleman.
Hussey is survived by his wife, Miriam Charette-Hussey, of Brunswick; four children, Stanley Hussey, of Panama City, Fla., Donna Shelley, of Bath, Barbara Davis, of Pasadena, Md. and Thomas Hussey, of Baltimore; and four step-children, six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Hussey had requested a burial at sea. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Trudi Chase and the oncology staff at Parkview Adventist Medical Center, who provided exemplary care.
Donations in Hussey's memory may be made to The Hospice House of Auburn in care of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice Foundation, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.
Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com.