BRUNSWICK — Dr. Avery Harrington, 83, of 75 Matthew Drive, died peacefully on July 10, 2014. His wife of 59 years, Carolyn, was with him. The couple had moved to Thornton Oaks from Oakland several years previously.

They met while he was in University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia. His study and practice of medicine then took them to Indian reservations in Arizona and to Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire for specialty training in nephrology, then to a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He had become fond of Maine as a teenager working in a coastal hotel and late in his career joined Maine General Hospital in Waterville where he served with the dialysis unit for ten years.

One high spot for the couple was volunteering for a year at rural hospitals in Zimbabwe, where they returned three times. Another surely was his delivering their three children: Marcia, now of Brunswick, Sheila of Sacramento, CA and Lucy of Irvington, NY. There are five grandchildren: Tyler, Alexandra, Emily, Toby and Jordan. A brother, Louis, lives in Rockville, MD.

Avery grew up in Drexel Hill, PA, and attended William Penn Charter School and Swarthmore College. He met Carolyn (Beckenbaugh) while in medical school. Participation in work camps and other social projects was a shared interest and drew them to the Society of Friends (Quakers). A simple memorial service will take place at the Vassalboro Friends Meeting House on July 26 at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine in Belfast.