John Sargent Avery; College 1946, MD 1947; died October 23, 2013


John Avery

John Sargent Avery died in Boulder on October 23, 2013. He was 89. A service will be held at Boulder Friends Meeting House on Upland Ave., Saturday, December 28th at 10am. All are welcome. John Avery was born to Walter and Dorothea (née Schneider) Avery on Oct. 4, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Adelphi Academy for 12 years, followed by Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He came to Colorado with his wife Sarah Binford (Binnie) Avery and their two children in 1951. Following military service, the family moved to Boulder where he took a position at the Boulder Medical Center. He and Binnie, now with 4 children, moved to Kalmia Ave in 1954 when it was still a dirt road. John Avery is remembered for his years of service as the physician for many Boulder residents, for his care of Navajo and Hopi children afflicted with tuberculosis, and for his love of music among many other things. He died peacefully at home; he was predeceased by Binnie, his wife and companion for 56 years. He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Smith and Virginia Avery, a brother-in-law, Holly Smith, four children, Tom, Martha, Elizabeth, and Sarah, two in-laws, Russell Guyver and Jessica Avery, nine grandchildren, Andrew, William, George, Robert, Jonathan, Henry, Julia, Katie, and Lucy, as well as by many friends.

[Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on December 15, 2013]