OLD ORCHARD BEACH – John A. Ordway, M.D., 91, passed away peacefully Nov. 12, 2011, at home. Dr. Ordway was born Jan. 31, 1920, in Bronxville, N.Y., to George T. Ordway and Eliza Perkins Ordway.
Dr. Ordway graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy 1938 and studied at Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1942, receiving his BA War diploma in 1943 as of the class of 1942. After serving as a naval cryptanalyst in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, he received an honorable discharge as a second lieutenant and entered College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1947. At Columbia Medical School, Dr. Ordway met his wife, Janet, a fellow medical student, and they were married May 27, 1950, in West Cornwall, Conn., during medical school, followed by internship at Mary Hitchcock Hospital, Hanover, N.H. He did his residency in psychiatry at Cincinnati General Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital where he served as chief resident from 1954 to 1955. He began private practice in psychiatry in 1955, and thereafter began studying psychoanalysis at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, receiving his certification in 1966. Dr. Ordway was always active in the community and in public service. He was a founding director of Municipal Court Psychiatric Clinic, and served as director of mental health and assistant health commissioner, city of Cincinnati. Some of his proudest achievements included serving as the founding president of Queen City Foundation, and as founding director of South-Central Avondale Project. Dr. Ordway moved with his family in December 1970 to Bangor, where he founded the psychiatric unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center, serving as chief of psychiatry from 1973 to 1980. He continued his psychiatric and psychoanalytic practices as well as public service until his retirement in 1997, before moving with his wife to Old Orchard Beach. Dr. Ordway was a life fellow of American College of Psychiatry and an active member of numerous professional associations throughout his career. He contributed chapters to books and published articles on mental health throughout his career.
Dr. Ordway is survived by his wife, Janet E. Ordway, M.D.; five children, John A. Ordway, Wendy G. Carr, Sarah O. McAdams, Abi M. Ordway and Susan E. Ordway; and six grandchildren, Kyle Carr, Keara Carr, Nathan McAdams, Casey Carr, Julia McAdams and Hannah Galloway. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Ordway.
Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The John A. Ordway, M.D., and Janet E. Ordway, M.D., Endowment Fund, in care of Eastern Maine Medical Center Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402; or The Ordway Fund, Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main St., Exeter, NH 03833-2460. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at