Dr. Thornton Brown, a former Editor of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, died in Canton, Massachusetts, on July 4, 2000. He was eighty-six years old.
Thornie, as he was universally and affectionately known, came from an old and distinguished New England medical family. He graduated from Harvard College in 1936 and from Harvard Medical School in 1940. During World War II, he served with the United States Marines as a battalion surgeon in the Pacific theater. Following his discharge, he completed an orthopaedic residency in the Massachusetts General Hospital-Boston Children's Hospital program. In 1944, he married Sarah Tyler Meigs of Washington, D.C. He and Sarah lived for many years in the family home in Milton, Massachusetts, and then in the Milton and Canton areas, until Sarah's death in 1998.
After finishing his residency in 1948, Thornie practiced orthopaedics at the Massachusetts General Hospital. …
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