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John Elliott Obituary

John Hall Elliott, MD of Lyndon, died Wednesday morning, July 9, 2008, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital of injuries sustained in a July 7 accident.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Jan. 16, 1946, the son of Herbert and June (Hall) Elliott. His father passed away in 1990.

After attending St. Johnsbury elementary and middle schools, John graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1964, Tufts University in 1968, and UVM Medical School in 1972. Following a rotating internship at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Penn., Dr. Elliott worked one year in the emergency room at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington. There he met his future wife, Martha Romlein. He joined friend and colleague Dr. Lloyd "Tim" Thompson at The Doctor's Office on Main Street in Lyndonville. They went on to establish Corner Medical.

He is survived by his wife, Martha; two children Rachael Elliott and husband, Jeff Rawson, of Burlington, and Matthew Elliott and Valeria Tumasella of St. Johnsbury; his mother, June H. Elliott of St. Johnsbury; one sister Sandria Ebbett and husband, Ballard of Kirby and their three sons Augustus, Elliott, and Patrick; one brother, Stephen Elliott and wife, Marjorie, of Bridgewater, Mass., and their two sons Oliver and Justin; his mother-in-law Eunice Romlein of St. Johnsbury; two brothers-in-law Timothy and Donald; two sisters-in-law Karen and Beth; and all their families.

All are welcome to attend a simple public gathering of remembrance on the green at Bandstand Park in Lyndonville Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m. (People may park along the green or behind the municipal building). A service for his family and the Corner Medical family will be observed privately.

Memorial contributions may be directed to either Lyndon Institute (for the renovation of the library), attention Development Office, PO Box 127, Lyndon Center VT 05850; or to Catamount Arts, PO Box 324, St. Johnsbury VT 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Article comment by: Pat Parker

I only recently learned from another former NEK resident of John's untimely death. I grew up in Lyndonville, was a student of June Elliott at LSC and a family member of a former patient of John's. He was a lovely man, compassionate and giving in his care of others. There have been several times over the years as I have interacted with health care providers and gone on to provide care to my own patients as a Clinical Social Worker that I have reflected on his efforts. I am confident that he been a model for other professionals. My thoughts are with his family, an important part of the community has left us.

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008
Article comment by: Nick Gideonse MD

John was a role model and mentor from the time I was an early adolescent to the present day. Like others here, he shared the joys and hard work, the rewards and responsibilities, of being a true family doctor, and I had to follow. And the independence and integrity and decency of the man seemed limitless. Not becoming his, and Tim's, partner in 1994 at Corner Medical is something I will always regret, a "what if" settled in a corner of my heart that now has the added shadow of John's absence. We'll miss you, John.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008
Article comment by: Ron Holland

John was a most remarkable person. We were classmates in medical school. I always admired his ability to perceive clearly the heart of an issue. If he found a task to be a legitimate, ethically sound endeavor he would approach it with good cheer and hard work. Likewise, if he found a request or task to be coercive or based only upon custom without other support he would disobey. His ethics were well integrated into his actions. John and I spent 3 months together working on an Indian Reservation during our senior year in medical school. We both relished the fundamental experience of caring for patients separate from the competitive hierarchy of the medical establishment. We also enjoyed sharing a pitcher of beer in Tuscon on Saturday afternoon when we would review our weeks experience with patients and the Indian Health Service. On one Sunday, we climbed Babaquiveri (a mountain that is the center of the universe for the Papago Indians). We signed the register at the summit and found that Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas had immediately preceded us on the climb the previous day-John had good taste. At a time when most physicians did a 3-year residency, John knew that he could competently care for patients without the residency. He knew that he could learn what he needed as he progressed through his career. Over the years, I have seen many of John’s patients in the emergency department in Newport, Vermont. They uniformly reflected their admiration for their doctor. On several occasions I would call John to discuss a management issue. He would always address the management problem clearly and cheerfully—I am sorry to say that is not the case with all physicians. Once we had finished with our professional business—we would spend a minute updating each other on events in our lives. Though it was only a phone call, I could feel the sparkle in his eye and the smile on his face and my day was enriched. I strive for the standards that John modeled: gentleness, cheerfulness, hard work, and the ability to go one’s own way when necessary. He enriched my life and his example informs my life. John was the best of Vermont. Ron Holland, Irasburg, Vt.

Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2008
Article comment by: jerry d. bott

My wife Judy,(former Judith Romlein)and I express our deeply felt condolences at this time! We wish the immediate family comfort and strength in God's Word! Thank you John, for your contributions to those in need! Martha, Please contact us if you need comfort or care! Judy and Jerry at or 973-835-3576

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008
Article comment by: Nancy Masten Duerinck

It is with great sadness and shock that I send my family's condolences to John's immediate family and those who worked by his side. John was a wonderful friend and doctor to many of the Masten family and I can't express enough the appreciation we have for his care and great concern over the years. I will remember John always as a sweet, caring man.

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