IHS Class of 1929
Robert B. Ainslie, M. D.
Dr. Robert B. Ainslie was born on June 11, 1911, in Escanaba, Mich., to Reverend Frederick and Francis (nee Brown) Ainslie. Rev. Frederick Ainslie was a Colgate educated, Baptist minister. He moved his family to Ilion in December 1926. Rev. Frederick Ainslie was pastor of the Ilion Baptist Church for over 20 year until he retired on May 10, 1952. His son, Robert B. Ainslie, was president of his senior class and graduated from Ilion High School in 1929. Robert then attended and graduated from Colgate University in 1933. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 1937. He served an internship at Jersey City Medical Center from 1937 through 1938. During the Sino-Japanese war, from January 1939 to May 1940, he performed volunteer medical service in China, assigned to Presbyterian Hospital. From July 1940 to July 1941, he was an assistant in pathology and assistant director of blood bank at Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
Robert had one sibling, his sister, the former Miss Ruth Ainslie. She taught school in Herkimer before her marriage to F. Fay Swift, Ilion Schools music supervisor, and summer director of the Williams Music Camp, Saugerties.
Robert B. Ainslie married Margaret Fay, IHS 1934, on December 28, 1940, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion. Robert completed a fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) from July 1941 to December 1942. He returned to China under the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, assigned to a hospital in Ipin, West China, from 1943 to 1946. He returned to the United States in June 1946 and completed a short course in surgery in New York in May 1947. He returned to West China in August 1947 with his wife, Margaret, who was also a medical missionary and nurse, and with their daughter, Susan. A son, John Harrison Ainslie, was born on October 16, 1947, in Ipln, China. By 1949, Dr. Robert Ainslie and his family were forced to flee the Communists. They relocated to the Philippines. As reported in May 20, 1952 edition of The Evening Telegram "They left China in 1948 by boat down the Yangtze River and proceeded to Chungking from which city they flew to their new field in the Philippines. Circumstances made it impossible for them to save many of their personal belongings, but they were furnished the means for carrying on their chosen work in a new territory." In the Philippines, Dr. Ainslie served two hospitals in the Island of Panay in Central Philippines from 1949 to 1952. Another son, Fred, was born while they lived and worked in the Philippines.
In the spring of 1952, he and his family returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and the Cleveland Clinic to complete his residency. He changed his practice from general surgery to otolaryngology. The family grew with the births of two more sons, Thomas and William Ainslie. The family moved to Madison, WI. in 1954, after Dr. Ainslie completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. He was a practicing otolaryngologist, at the Jackson Clinic, until he retired in 1976. After retiring, he continued to work two days a week. He was a general practitioner at the Madison Geriatric Clinic until 1983. In 1983, Dr. Ainslie and his wife, Margaret, moved to Penny Retirement Community in Florida. There, he served as medical director until 1995. He continued to serve as an on-call physician at Penny Retirement Community until December 2002, when they moved back to Wisconsin. Dr. Robert B. Ainslie, died on August 12, 2003, at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center in West Bend. He was 92 years old.
Dr. Robert B. Ainslie Obituary
Madison Wisconsin State Journal - August 14, 2003
WEST BEND - Dr. Robert B. Ainslie, age 92, died Friday, Aug. Fl, 2003, at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center in West Bend. He was born on June 11, 1911, in Escanaba, Mich., to the late Frederick and Francis (nee Brown) Ainslie and was united in marriage to Margaret Fay on Dec. 28, 1941, in Ilion, N.Y. He graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, and then graduated from Colgate University in 1933. He earned his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 1937. He served an internship at Jersey City Medical Center from 1937 through 1938. He then did volunteer medical service in China, assigned to Presbyterian Hospital, during the Sino-Japanese war from January 1939 to May 1940. He served as assistant in pathology and assistant director of blood bank at Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., from July 1940 to July 1941, and then completed a fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) from July 1941 to December 1942. He returned to China under the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, assigned to a hospital in Ipin, West China, from 1943 to 1946. On furlough from June 1946 to May 1947 he added a short course in surgery in New York. In August 1949 he returned to West China with his family, and in 1949 he and his family were forced to flee to the Philippines, where he served two hospitals in the Island of Panay in Central Philippines from 1949 to 1952.
In spring 1952, he and his family returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and the Cleveland Clinic to complete his residency, where he changed his practice from general surgery to otolaryngology. In 1954, after completing his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, he and his family moved to Madison, where he was a practicing otolaryngologist at Jackson Clinic until retiring in 1976. After retiring from the Jackson Clinic, he continued to work two days a week as a general practitioner at Madison Geriatric Clinic until 1983. In 1983, he and his wife moved to Penny Retirement Community in Florida, where he served as medical director until 1995. He continued to serve as an on-call physician at Penny Retirement Community until moving back to Wisconsin in December 2002.
Dr. Ainslie was a member of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin and Florida. He was elected as fellow to American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1959. He was a member of the board of directors of the Board of Homeland Ministries UCC from 1968 to 1975, and a member of the board of directors of Fairhaven Retirement and Nursing Home UCC from 1969 to 1975. He was a past member of the Rotary Club of Oregon, Wis., the Lions Club of Madison from 1965 to 1971, the Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville from 1976 to 1983, the Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs, Fla., from 1983 to 2002, and was listed in Strathmore's Who's Who 2000-2001. Besides serving his patients and his community, Dr. Ainslie most enjoyed being with his family and traveling. Prior to moving to Florida, he had reared to rural Dodgeville, where he built a home on 13 acres with a stream and pond. He loved sitting at the dining room table watching the birds and wildlife and reveling in nature.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children, Susan (Roy) Sellars of Sheboygan, John (Christine) Ainslie of Sun Prairie, Fred (Christine) Ainslie,of Ironwood, Mich., and William (Victoria) Ainslie of Atlanta, Ca.; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; other relatives; and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Ainslie; a sister, Ruth Swift; a niece; a nephew; and a great-niece. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. i8, 2003, at I p.m. at LAKE EDGE UNITED CHURCH OF ‘CHRIST, 4200 Buckeye Road, Madison. Visitation will be at the church from noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated. Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.
Margaret (Fay) Ainslie IHS 1934 Obituary
November 19, 2005
WEST BEND, WI - Margaret F. Ainslie, (nee Fay), age 89, of the Cedar Community in the town of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center.
She was born on Sept. 9, 1916, in Dolgeville, N.Y., to the late H. Stuart and Ellen (nee Futherup) Fay. In 1934 she graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, N.Y. One year later, in 1935, she graduated from the Utica School of Commerce. Margaret's ambition was to become a nurse, and in 1939 she graduated with an M.S. in nursing from the Presbyterian School of Nursing and began working at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y.
She was united in marriage to Robert B. Ainslie, on Dec. 28, 1940, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion, N.Y. Together she and her husband lived in Syracuse for six months before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1941 where her husband completed a fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic.
In 1942 Margaret and Bob were appointed as missionaries to China; Bob left in March 1943; however Margaret was unable to get passage because of the war and so she returned to Ilion. In 1947 Margaret followed Bob to West China, with their daughter Susan, where they lived until May 1949 when they had to leave due to communist infiltration. From 1949 to 1952 Margaret set up home in the Philippines and taught student nurses at the American Baptist Hospital in Iloilo. She and her family returned to the United States in 1952 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where they lived until 1954. The family then moved to Madison where they remained until 1983.
Margaret was not only a skilled nurse, but also a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She loved sewing, knitting, embroidering and gardening; she served many hours as a member of the Methodist Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary in Madison. Margaret was also an active member at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, Madison. When she and Bob moved to Penney Farms Retirement Community in Florida in 1983, Margaret was again active in sewing and quilting activities. She also reestablished herself as a trumpet player - which she had played in high school. Margaret returned to Wisconsin with Bob in December 2002 where they resided at Cedar Community in West Bend.
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Susan (Roy) Sellars of Sheboygan; three sons, John (Christine) Ainslie of Sun Prairie, Fred (Christine) Ainslie of Ironwood, Mich., and William (Vicki) Ainslie of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Terry Ainslie of Milwaukee; a sister, Dorothy (William) Slocum of Belleview, Fla.; and two brothers, Robert Fay of Carrabelle, Fla., and William Fay of Little River, S.C. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert; a son, Tom; and her great-great-granddaughter, Breanna Maree Loomis. A memorial service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, at 11 a.m. at LAKE EDGE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 4200 Buckeye Road, Madison. The Rev. David Michael will officiate the service. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association, 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214; or to Cedar Community, 5595 County Road Z, West Bend, WI 53095. Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, WI 53095, is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at: www.myrhum-patten.com
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