-- Adam Bernstein TWP 2010
John P. "Phil" Fairchild, 91, an Army doctor whose specialty was pediatrics and who
retired in 1971 at the rank of colonel, died Feb. 16 at a nursing home in Gulf Breeze,
Fla., after a stroke. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Col. Fairchild joined the Army in 1942 and served in Europe during World War II. He
was among the first doctors attending the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp
He became chief of pediatrics at Brooke, Tripler and Walter Reed Army medical
centers in San Antonio, Honolulu and Washington, respectively. His final active-duty
assignment was executive officer at Walter Reed.
After his military retirement, he was chief surgeon at the Old Soldiers' Home in the
District and health director for northern Montgomery County. With another doctor, he
opened a clinic in the Kentucky coal-mining region.
John Phillip Fairchild, a native Washingtonian, was a graduate of Western High
School (1936), George Washington University and GWU's medical school. He moved
to Florida from Montgomery Village in 2006 and was a former member of Darnestown
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Julia Printz Fairchild of Gulf Breeze; six children,
Jean deTarnowsky of Amelia Island, Fla., John Fairchild Jr. of Knoxville, Md., Jackie
Auxt of Thurmont, Md., James Fairchild of Philomath, Ore., Paul Fairchild of Gulf Breeze
and Jeff Fairchild of Bellingham, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.