Arthur E. Laidlaw
Dr. Arthur E. Laidlaw passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2012.
He is survived by his sons, A.E. “Tex” Laidlaw Jr. of Stratton Mountain, Vt., and Robert E. Laidlaw of Montrose, Colo.; four grandchildren, Sarah L. Wilde, Natalie
E. Laidlaw, Katherine B. Laidlaw and Willie A. Laidlaw; three great-granddaughters, Malin, Cate and Liv.
His wife of 68 years, Natalie E. “Bunny” Laidlaw predeceased him on May 9, 2011.
Art also leaves his fellow residents and the staff at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.
He was born on April 14, 1915, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Yale University and Yale Medical School. He also studied at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and
Columbia P&S at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
He served during World War II in the Army Medical Corps. After the war he practiced Pediatrics at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital from 1947 to 1949. In 1949, Art and his family moved to Keene, N.H., where he practiced until 1960. While in New Hampshire he was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He also was a trustee at the Laconia, New Hampshire State School for Handicapped Children.
In 1960, Art and Bunny returned to Cooperstown where he was a pediatrician at Bassett until his retirement in 1975.
He was a member of the Cooperstown Country Club and raced the Star Class Sailboat for many years. During retirement he and Bunny spent their summers in Cooperstown and winters on St. Simons Island, Ga. In Georgia, he volunteered to help the needy file their tax returns.
Art will long be remembered as a true gentleman and caring pediatrician.
There will be no calling hours, a service of remembrance will be held in the near future.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove St., Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.