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Dr. Richard "Dick" Birdsong Getman
  • Donations may be made in Dick's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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“I only knew him as a resident where I work, but he was one of our favorites due his kind nature, and he continues to be the topic of our discussions...Read More »
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“dear Fred, so very sorry for your loss...time helps the pain the happy times stay forever....Roberta Milton ”
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“Many years ago, when I was about 20 years old, I struggled with guilt over leaving my invalid dad and working mom to take the normal steps to...Read More »
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“Dear Carol and Family,Dr. Getman was the best, he was always so friendly and welcoming.I really enjoyed seeing him and will miss him!With thoughts...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin Heffernan - MA - Friend

“Burill and Virginia were friends of my parents Helen and Walter Hough when I was a young man now 78. ”
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“Dick was a valued member of the Norwood Hospital Medical Staff for many years. His opinions were thoughtful and highly respected. Behind a serious...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Richard Wulf - Norton, MA

“My condolences to the family. Our lord father promises that very soon he will bring back our loved ones and we will never lose them again. Isaac 25:8 ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Carol,So sorry to hear of Dr Getman's passing. He was such a nice man. I always enjoyed seeing, and talking with him. He had told me the...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Evelyn BBittner - Attleboro, MA

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GETMAN, Dr. Richard "Dick" Birdsong, 83, of Westwood, MA, died peacefully December 13, 2017 at the Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain. He was born in Boston on April 7, 1934, the son of Burrill M. Getman and Virginia Getman, née Birdsong.

Dick attended high school in East Greenwich, RI, and graduated from Williams College a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Alpha fraternities. He served in the United States Navy as the first psychiatrist deployed in the Vietnam War. Upon his return he served at the Naval Hospital in Newport, RI where he met and married Carol Hackney, a member of the US Naval Nurse Corps.

Following his service, Dick moved to Westwood, MA and opened a private psychiatric practice and was affiliated with many hospitals in the area. He also served as a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Tufts and Boston University schools of medicine.

Dick enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially on the beaches of Rhode Island. He was an avid tennis player and member of the Dedham Country and Polo Club and the Dunes Club of Narragansett, Rhode Island.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Carol Anne Getman, née Hackney, son Frederick Hackney Getman, brother Burrill "Bud" M. Getman Jr. of Naples, Florida, brother-in-law Richard H. Hackney of Bradenton, FL, and his many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be privately held. Donations may be made in Dick's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.