NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 23, 2013

Dr. Putnam P. Breed


Hampton Falls, NH — Dr. Putnam P. Breed, 75, of Hampton Falls, N.H., formerly of Lynn, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Laureen (Mason) Breed; his children, Robertson P. Breed and wife, Heather, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Sarah D. Breed of Oakland, Calif., Amie Breed of Capitola, Calif., and Hannah P. Breed of Exeter, N.H.; three brothers, Wade T. Breed of Pittsburgh, Pa., James Breed and wife, Colleen, of Hamilton, and Allen Breed and wife, Linda, of Wake Forest, N.C.; three sisters, Janet Langan of Lynn, Susan Breed Gambale and husband, Domenic, of Lynn, and Elizabeth Marvel of Texas; his step-mother, Joan Breed of Lynn; 10 grandchildren; and several generations of nieces and nephews.

Born in New York City, on March 12, 1938, he was the son of the late Dr. Robert T Breed and Gertrude (Vert) Prioli. Dr. Breed graduated from Lynn English High School in 1956, and Amherst College in 1960. He was a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine in 1964, and performed his residency at Boston City Hospital.

Dr. Breed served as a Captain in Vietnam in the United States Army Medical Corps, from 1966 to 1968. He received the Bronze Star, Combat Medics Badge, and the Vietnam Service Award, First Cavalry Division, Vietnam 15th Medical Battalion.

In 1971, he came to Newburyport and practiced general surgery at Anna Jaques Hospital and Amesbury Hospital. He was a District Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as an Aviation Medical Examiner. He was also a member of St. John’s Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Newburyport.

“Put” was an avid outdoors enthusiast. He loved to hunt, fish, kayak, and canoe. He was also a private pilot, sailor, skier, and gentleman farmer, who raised Morgan horses and Golden Retrievers. He enjoyed his home on Lake Attitash, which was a gathering place for all of his extended family and friends, where he loved birdwatching and taking all the kids water skiing and tubing.

His generous spirit will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston Street, Lynn.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Unit, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, Mass.