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Dr. Wendell L. BryceSeptember 20, 2004
ITHACA - Wendell L. Bryce MD 78, well-known and loved retired physician died, after a brief illness, Monday September 20th at his beloved Misty Vale Farm in Danby surrounded by his family.
Dr. Bryce's life commitment to medicine - family practice - included 20 yrs. to the Ithaca community where his patients both revered and appreciated his rare diagnostic skills, his love for and knowledge of the human body. He never was too busy nor tired to discuss their needs. Prior to these years, he was a member of the medical staff of Cornell University for 10 years, where the students flocked to his service.
Wendell began his career in Richfield Springs, NY, as the sole physician in a large rural area with a 24-7 schedule requiring distant home visits during the night.
Born in Troy, NY Dr. Bryce was son of the late Lowell H. and Evelyn Merrick Bryce; his adored wife was the former Jane Whitman also former Trojan. A graduate of Troy High School, he received a bachelor degree from Union College where, as an alumnus, he has established several charitable gift annuities. He recently proudly represented Union College in the Cornell Academic Procession at Cornell's Presidential Inauguration.
After receiving his MD degree from Albany Medical College, Dr. Bryce served his residency in New Orleans.
Private graveside services were held at the Danby Rural Cemetery overlooking his farm with its extraordinary and varied plantings of trees, fruits and vegetables. His love and care of animals and farming in general fulfilled his second dream of career.
The love and gratitude of his hundreds of patients was evidenced by the steady stream of friends and professional associates visiting Wendell's family following the service at the farm: his wife Jane, their three daughters Wendy Bryce-Wilhelm, PhD of Acme, Washington; Jennifer Bryce-Walker PhD of Danby, Elizabeth Bryce-Bell of Marietta, Georgia; one son Wendell L. "Chip" Bryce of Danby, 8 grandchildren with whom he shared his love of the earth; one brother - L. Merrick Bryce of Troy; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Wendell held many professional memberships. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Anyone wishing to memorialize Dr. Bryce's life may do so to the charity of one's choice.