Brinton Taylor Darlington
Formerly of Augusta, Maine, and SaddleBrooke Ranch, Tucson, Ariz., Dr. Brinton Darlington left this world on Dec. 19, 2023, a few weeks before his 102nd birthday. Honesty, perseverance, thriftiness, and a dry sense of humor guided him throughout his life. His accomplishments were many: he became an Eagle Scout at the age of 13; graduated from Ohio University in 1943, and Syracuse Medical School in 1945; and completed his medical training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland and a residency at the Marine Hospital in Staten Island, N Y. There he worked out of a mobile X-ray van to detect tuberculosis during the national TB epidemic. Brint served his country from 1942 to 1952 in the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, and Public Health Service, the latter in a Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Fort Stanton, N.M. He and wife Alice Reeves moved their growing family to Portland, Maine, in 1952 and to Augusta in 1954. There, Brint joined the Dirigo Clinic as an internal medicine physician, and later established his own private practice. He also served the medical community as president of both the Maine Tuberculosis and Maine Heart Associations and as Maine’s representative on the National TB and American Medical Associations.
Brint and Alice “snowbirded” to a rental home north of Tucson during the early ’90s, and in 1996 purchased a small second home at SaddleBrooke Ranch, a community focused on golf (Brint’s joy) and southwest beauty (Alice’s love). They left Maine and moved there full-time in 2014. Throughout their time in Arizona, they were active volunteers at the Catalina State Park, and at a thrift store that had been started by SaddleBrooke residents and grew to serve a large valley-wide community.
In 2017 they made their last move, to an assisted living center in Seattle near daughter Ann. Alice passed away at the age of 95 in 2019. Brint is survived by daughter Linda Darlington, Linda’s spouse Hunter Townsend, his grandson Bill Gammon, and great-grandson Tyler Gammon; daughter Ann Darlington, Ann’s spouse Jim Elsea, and his grandson David Elsea; and daughter Martha Darlington and her spouse Dana White. He was previously deceased by daughter Gail Darlington in 2006.