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Dr. Melvin J. King

August 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Dr. Melvin J. King died on August 6, 2012 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Caroline (Tefft) King.
Dr. King was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on October 8, 1922, the son of James and Edith (Hirst) King. He was the brother of the late Clifford King. In addition to his wife Caroline, Dr. King is survived by two daughters; Deborah J. King and her partner Mr. Lee Weissman of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Sara K. Papa and her husband John Papa of Avon, Connecticut, and two grandchildren; Alexandra K. Papa of Washington, DC and John Tyler Papa of Avon.
Dr. King was a graduate of Brown University and the Cornell University Medical College. He was commissioned Lt. j.g. U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. He practiced internal medicine in Attleboro for twenty-five years until retirement in 1987. Prior to moving to Attleboro he practiced medicine in Gallipolis, Ohio and washington, DC.
Dr. King was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Bristol County Medical Society, and was on the staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
Dr. King enjoyed playing tennis, hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating. He was an avid listener of opera and classical music and a devoted student of American and European history. A private Memorial Service will be held in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck Street, Attleboro followed by private burial in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston, Rhode Island. An on-line guest book for family and friends to express condolences and remembrances and additional information may be found at:

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