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Dr. Hoxsie Receives Creative Living Award
The diversity of speakers at Tuesday evening's presentation of The Creative Living Award was itself testimony of the range and depth of 2006 recipient Russell S. Hoxsie's impact on the Island. They included family physician Dr. Henry Nieder, musician Philip Dietterich, artist and poet Dan Waters, and attorney Ron Rappaport.
Russell Hoxsie receives congratulations from Phil Dietterich, as grandson Conor Lomas applauds. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Dr. Hoxsie joins past recipients who include, among others: Allen Whiting, the African-American Heritage Trail of M.V., Peter Boak, John Abrams, Debbie Milne, Kathleen and Bill Costanza, Stan Murphy, David and Rosalee McCullough, Art Buchwald, Gus BenDavid, and 2005 recipient, MJ Bruder Munafo.
Impressive as all that is, the gathering filling The Grange to honor him, joined the consensus that more than what Dr. Hoxsie accomplished, it is the manner in which it was done that distinguished him.
Marianne Hoxsie and granddaughter Gabriella Lomas enjoy the moment with Dr. Hoxsie.
Mr. Dietterich noted, "He is always so positive." Dr. Nieder, a former associate in his practice, spoke of Dr. Hoxsie's creative expertise in solving problems during a time when being a family practitioner on the Island was significantly more difficult. "He maintained his skills, and kept adding new ones. I believe the people of Martha's Vineyard are very privileged to have had him as their doctor."
Dr. Hoxsie and daughter Deborah Lomas share a laugh
Mr. Rappaport, admitting he asked to present the award, explained that his father, Dr. David Rappaport, was a colleague of Dr. Hoxsie, reiterated the qualifications for the honor, and concluded, "So I ask, does he qualify?" To which the hall filled with approving applause.