Newburyport, MA — Dr. Morton Wheeler passed away September 26, 2013, in Damariscotta, Maine. Born in 1915 in Plymouth, N.H., to Dr. John and Celia (Morton) Wheeler, he attended local schools, graduated from Tabor Academy in Massachusetts, and then the University of Vermont. He completed his professional training at Harvard Dental School before enlisting in the US Navy where he served with distinction during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bogue in the Atlantic Theater and at Norfolk, Va.
After discharge from the service, Morton joined a practice in Portsmouth, N.H. In 1946, Morton moved to Salisbury, Mass., and opened his dental practice in Newburyport, Mass., where he worked for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed his work tremendously, especially all the wonderful people he met.
Committed to public service, Morton was a member of the Newburyport Rotary Club, was elected Salisbury Town Moderator for many years, served on the School Committee, was a proud founding member of the Salisbury Conservation Commission, and acted as Salisbury’s Health officer.
“Doc” was a man of many talents and interests. As a young man in Plymouth, N.H., he worked summers at the Clarkland Farm for George Clark. This farming background led to the many lovely flower and vegetable gardens at his Salisbury home. At home on (and in!) the water, he had several small sailboats and canoes which he used on the Merrimac River. For years, he relished the planning and completion of canoe/fishing trips on the Allagash River with a group of friends.
Other interests included studying the Civil War and tinkering with his impressive collection of antique clocks. Doc was truly happiest being outside and physically active. He down-hill skied until his mid-80s, before switching to cross-country. He could be seen on his bicycle pedaling to work or going for an ice-cream well into his 90s.