Benjamin Bailey

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Daily Press
September 23, 1962

Yorktown – Dr. Benjamin Herman Bailey, 61, died of a heart attack during the half period of the William and Mary – University of Virginia football game at nearby Williamsburg Saturday.

He was a general practitioner in Virginia for 35 years, first in Henrico County for 26 years and in York County for the past eight years. In 1949, when he closed his office in Sandston and moved to Yorktown, he said he did so because a heart attack had made it necessary for him to undertake a ‘limited’ practice, but in Yorktown he became one of the busiest physicians on the Peninsula.

Born in Powhatan County in 1901, the son of a physician, Dr. J. B. Bailey and Mrs. Bailey, the Yorktown doctor’s years of practice spanned an era during which he began by riding miles in a snowstorm to deliver twins in a New Kent County cabin.

Dr. Bailey was married to Frances Rives Adcock of Orlando, Fla., who survives along with three children; Maj. Benjamin Herman Bailey, Jr., who with his wife, Ann Marie, and children, Beth and Lynn, is stationed in London, England; First Lieut. (Dr.) Robert Rives Bailey and wife Betty and children, Frances Rives and infant girl of Tacoma, Wash., and Dean Adcock Bailey and his wife Susan, both of whom are York County teachers. Also surviving is Mrs. J. R. Bailey of Keysville, the widow of Dr. Bailey’s twin.

The athletic field at Highland Springs High School, Highland Springs, Va. was named Bailey Field in his honor. He served for years as the team’s physician. When he moved to York County, he undertook the same work with the York High football team.

He was a deacon of Yorktown Baptist Church, a past president of the Yorktown-Williamsburg-James City County Medical Society, a member of the board and staff of Williamsburg Community Hospital, a member of the Newport News Medical Society, a charter member of the York Lions Club, served on the Yorktown Boys Scout Council and the board of the York County Chapter of the National Foundation, and worked with the Heart Fund and the Tuberculosis Association in various capacities.

While living in Sandston, he was active as a Mason and a member of the Sandston Civic Club and was a deacon of Sandston Baptist Church.

He was also a member of the State, American, Southern and Tri-State Medical Associations, the Academy of General Practice and the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Commonwealth and Hermitage Clubs.

When he left the Richmond area, the Richmond Academy of General Practice wrote him: “May you depart knowing you have not only won the warm love and confidence of your patients, but also the admiration and esteem of your fellow practictioners. “A good job welldone, to the credit of the medical profession.””

During his Sandston practice, he delivered more than 4,000 babies, but he discontinued obstetrics when he moved to Yorktown.

He was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and interned at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital and Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond.

His wife was in Tacoma, Wash., with their newest grandchild when he died. She said that it was his request that there should be no flowers, but that donations be made to Sheltering Arms Hospital, Richmond. Funeral plans will be announced.