Edward D. Bird

Edward D. Bird, MD
Member Since 1992
Date of Death: February 19, 2015

BIRD, Edward D., MD "Ted" 88. Whidbey Island, WA, formerly of Lexington, MA passed away on February 19th, 2015 at Whidbey General Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Vermilion Alberta, Canada, Ted led a distinguished career that spanned six decades. He received his BS, MB and MD from the London Hospital Medical College in London, England. There were many highlights in Ted's distinguished career.

In 1957, he moved to John Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, MD and it was there he met Joan Swezey, who became his wife. In 1971, he was recruited to conduct primary research in Huntington's chorea (a brain related neuro-degenerative disease) at the University of Cambridge in England. In 1978, Ted moved his family back to the U.S. in Lexington, MA and accepted a position as a Professor of Neuropathology with Harvard Medical School and was asked to establish a Brain Bank in Boston. In addition, he established the Brain Tissue Resource Center at the Mclean Hospital in Belmont, MA. This remains one of the premiere brain banks in the world today. Ted became part of a brilliant world class team of scientists, researchers and physicians at Harvard who did groundbreaking research in various Neuro-Degenerative diseases like Huntington's, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Ted retired in 1997 and moved to Whidbey Island, WA with his second wife, Julie Childs Bird, where he lived until his death. They enjoyed walking and living on this beautiful island. Ted is survived by his daughters Anne Bird Fonseca and husband Tom of North Andover, MA, Jane Bird Mazerall and husband Ken Gonsalves of Lowell, MA, Susan Bird and husband Pete Smith of Fort Collins, CO and Christine Bird of Long Beach, CA, his sons, Ted Jr. and his wife Alice of Mt. Pleasant, SC, John and his wife Susan of Houston, Texas. Ted is also survived by grandchildren, Alicia and Nina Mazerall, Ross and Lily Bird, Hillary and Jack Fonseca, Curtis and Mia Bird. Services were held April 25 2015 on Whidbey island.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 28, 2016.