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Jan 11

Doctor Delivers Fond Memories

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 7:24 PM by Judy Davids

Doug Wake
I was a longtime friend of Doug and Maggie Wake, who were also long time Royal Oak Residents.

Doug was a GP/pediatrician who "delivered four generations of Royal Oakers." He told stories of the trolley on 11 Mile, the rural nature of the country to the north of 12 Mile, of taking his model-T with three friends on a trip to Mackinac--it took 3 days, and many tire changes as there was no highway and no bridge when you got there.

Doug Attended U-M Medical School, and served in the Navy (WWII) on a seagoing Tug in the Pacific, and was offered a position as MacArthur's chief medical officer in Japan after the war, which he turned down to be back with Maggie in Royal Oak.

They settled in after the war and Maggie Wake, a psychologist, was the school board president that authorized the building of the new High School (Kimball).

Doug continued his practice and was a part of the founding group of doctors that established Beaumont Hospital.

Doug was a devoted Husband to Maggie, a good friend, and a part of Royal Oak History.

These anecdotes are a recollection on my part of the aural History that Doug shared with me over many years... I do not have specific details (dates and times for many of these things) but I shared many a good time at their houses on Vinsetta and down in Florida later in their lives, and I always loved to hear Doug's stories.

Nicholas Cost (Royal Oak since 1967)

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