WESTFORD - Fred F. Magdalenski, age 80, Certified Registered Nurse anesthetist, retired Army Colonel and founder of office Anesthesia Consultants Inc., died Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Newburyport after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Elaine F. (Martin) Magdalenski.
Born in Easthampton, Ma. on July 5, 1934, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Pawelczyk) Magdalenski. He was a graduate of Easthampton High School, Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, Ill. and from St Lukes Hospital School of Anesthesia, Aberdeen, SD.
He entered the military as a 2nd Lt. And served on active duty as a nurse anesthetist at Fort Ord, Ca. and the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Ascom, Korea. He remained in the army reserves and served with the 44th General Hospital, Madison, Wi., 331st General Hospital, Lawrence, Ma,. 351st General Hospital, Bedford, Ma. 173rd Medical Group, Chicoppe, Ma. and 804th Hospital Center. Bedford, Ma. He held positions as Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Chief Nurse, and attained the rank of full Colonel. He was awarded nine military medals including the Korean Defense Medal. He was a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Commandants list, and was considered for Brigadeer General of the Army Nurse Corps, Reserve Component
In civilian practice he was Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Stoughton Community Hospital, Stoughton, Wi., St. Francis Hospital, Freeport, IL. and twenty eight years as Chief at the Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, Ma. He was founder and president of Office Anesthesia Consultants, Inc, which was the first in the area to provide anesthesia in an office setting for plastic surgeons, opthalmologist, dermatolgist, and dentist in Ma. and NH.
During his tenure at the Veterans administration he introduced anesthesia for electro convulsive therapy, endotracheal anesthesia for diagnostic and dental procedures. He was instrumental in introducing inhalation therapy, regional and spinal anesthesia. He also established a urological clinic for ambulatory patients and conducted the first urodynamic studies. He presented two professional papers dealing with urology at the Northeast Gerentological Association meeting.
Active in many professional orginizations, he was president of the New England Assembly of Nurse Anesthetist, President of the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetist and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Council of Nursing Organizations. He was a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, Massachusetts Nurse Expert witness, Charter Member of the Veterans Asdministration of Nurse Anesthetist, Chairman for Counseling Chemical Dependency for Nurse Anesthetist in Massachusetts
He was a member of the Retired officers Association, and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Polish American Veterans.
He served on numerous committees in Westford and wanted very much to see a new state of the art senior center. He was a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Westford where he also served on numerous committees.
Besides his wife Elaine, he is survived by his children, Mary Johnson and her husband Eric, Beth Hulett and her husband John, all of Chelmsford, David Magdalenski and his wife Patricia of Amesbury, Joseph Magdalenski of Westford, Carol Magdalenski of Newburyport and Lisa Magdalenski of Westford; seven grandchildren, Katie, Emily and William Hulett, Noah, Trey and Leah Johnson and Arlo Figueroa; a brother, Raymond Magdalenski and his wife Gloria of Eashampton, MA; also many nieces and nephews.
At his request, there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Thursday, June 25 at 10 o'clock at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main St., Westford. Interment with military honors to follow at St. Catherine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association 480 Pleasant Street Watertown, MA 02472.
Arrangements are in the care of the J. A. HEALY SONS FUNERAL HOME, 57 N. Main St., Westford. To share your thoughts and memories of Fred, please click the sign guestbook link.