Lee New Hampshire's Physician, Dean, UNH Marine Docent, Historian and "Old Shoaler," Robert L. Tuttle, M.D. (1922-2004)

Bob Tuttle's first visit to the Isles of Shoals, was in 1941.

He was a lowly UNH microbiology student who was helping to open the zoological laboratory for the summer. It became his favorite place on earth.

According to his obituary, Tuttle received a B.S. in biology in 1943 from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine with an M.D. in 1947. In 1950 he became an instructor of microbiology and immunology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C. He advanced to assistant professor, department chairman in 1954, associate professor, assistant dean and then academic dean in 1969.

He served as a Naval Reserve lieutenant in the Medical Corps at the Naval Medical Research Institute at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda MD, from 1952 to 1954.

He served as associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, from 1970 to 1975. He was dean there from 1975 to 1981. He was regional dean at Texas Tech University School of Medicine at El Paso from 1981 to 1984.

After retiring in 1984 he and his wife Dot moved to Lee, New Hampshire and he joined the UNH Marine Docent Program in 1986, choosing as his area of concentration the natural and human history of the Isles of Shoals.

He conducted tours, presented slide/talk programs and served as guest lecturer on the Isles of Shoals. He was the founding president of the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association from 1992 to 1994.  One of the programs he represented as part of the adult education program was “A Garden Is a Sea of Flowers,” which taught about the life of Celia Thaxter through the history of her island garden on Appledore.

He was a member, consultant and chairman of several medical groups and committees. He died at his home in Lee, New Hampshire at the age of 82.  He was a 12th generation Tuttle, in direct line from Simon Toothill of Ringstead England and New Haven Connecticut.


P.S.: He was my distant cousin directly through the Tuttle line.

Requiem For A Lost Shoaler (SeacostNH.com)

Obituary of Dr. Robert L. “Bob” Tuttle (UNH)


Simon Tuttle/Tootill (1560-1630) & Isabel Wells (c1585-?) of Ringstead, Northampton England and New Haven CT
William Tuttle (c1609-1673) & Elizabeth ?Matthews (c1608-1684) of New Haven CT
John Tuttle (?-1683) & Catherine Lane (?) of New Haven CT
John Tuttle (1657-c1743) & Mary Burroughs (1672-1759) of New Haven CT
Daniel Tuttle (c1702-1756) & Sarah Comstock (c1703-?) of New Haven CT
Joseph Tuttle (1737-1819) & Mary Fuller (1742-?) of CT and NH

*Seventh generation*
Joseph Tuttle, son of Joseph & Mary (Fuller) Tuttle was b. 17 Aug 1762 in Hebron, CT and d. 14 July 1836 in Dummerston, Windham Co. VT. He m. 5 March 1788 in Woodstock CT to Ann White, dau of Joseph & Elizabeth (Dwelly) White. She b. 10 Apr 1760 in Lebanon CT. They resided in Connecticut, Winchester NH, and Vermont.
Children of Joseph & Ann (White) Tuttle:
1. +Daniel F. Tuttle, b. 21 March 1789 Winchester NH
2. Joel White Tuttle, b. 23 Aug 1791 Winchester NH; m. Martha Barnes; 8 children: Charles Augustus, Hiram, Louisa, ch, Joel White, Persis Adelaide, Martha A., Mary Lucinda.
3. James W. Tuttle, b. 23 Aug 1793 Winchester NH
4. Benjamin Tuttle, b. 8 Feb 1796 Winchester NH
5. Cornelius W. Tuttle, b. 4 Aug 1799 Winchester NH; m. Mary Barnes; 2 ch, John William and Mary A.

*Eighth Generation*
Daniel F. Tuttle, son of Joseph & Ann (White) Tuttle, was b. 21 March 1789 in Winchester, Cheshire Co. NH and d. 1879 in Winchester NH. He m. 16 July 1815 in Winchester NH to Harriet Cook, dau of Francis & Ruth (Berse) Cook of Kingston MA and Winchester NH. She was b. abt 1795 and d. 26 March 1837 in Winchester NH. According to “Gazeteer of Cheshire County N.H., 1736-1885,” page 544, they located in the eastern part of Winchester, and had 8 children. He was a blacksmith, Democrat in politics, Unitarian in religion.
U.S. Census > 1860 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Cheshire > Winchester
Daniel Tuttle 68 M Blacksmith 20 Conn
Children of Daniel F. & Harriet (Cook) Tuttle:
1. Sophronia Tuttle, b. 11 Sep 1815; m. Edmund Doolittle, res. Winchester NH.
2. Celuria W. Tuttle, b. 12 Feb 1817; m. 1836 to Henry Proctor Barrett. He was b. 1812 in West Brookfield MA. Resided West Brookfield MA; 7 children: Jabeth C., Harriet C., Marie S., Ruth E., Daniel P., Laura, and Henry W.
3. Cornelius O/W Tuttle, b. abt 1819-20 NH
4. Judith Tuttle, b. 24 March 1822 NH
5. John Tuttle, b. 26 Dec 1825 NH; married Mary Jackson, resided with her father a few years and followed his trade as carpenter and manufacturer of lumber. He later bought the farm later owned by Elijah Baker, about a mile northwest of Winchester village, and engaged in farming. He was selectman six years. He died at his home in 1860, aged sixty-one years. She
6. Francis Tuttle, b. 19 Aug 1828 NH
7. Relief Tuttle, b. abt 1830

*Ninth Generation*
Cornelius Osmer Tuttle, son of Daniel F. & Harriet (Cook) Tuttle, was b. abt 1820 in NH and d. after 1920 in Keene NH. He married Arville Whitcomb Hunt, a descendant of Jonas Hunt and Philemon Whitcomb. She b. 1825. In 1850 and 1860 living in Winchester, Cheshire Co. NH.
U.S. Census > 1850 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Cheshire > Winchester
Amos Hunt 65 M Farmer 4500 NH
Mrs. A. Hunt 60 F NH
Emily Hunt 37 F NH
Arvilla Hunt 22 F NH
U.S. Census > 1870 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Cheshire > Winchester
Tuttle, Cornelius 50 M W Farmer 3000/1000 NH
Tuttle, Arvilla W. 45 F W Keeping House NH
Tuttle, Herbert F.W. 12 M W at school NH
Tuttle, Fanny A 11 F W at school NH
Tuttle, Homer W. 9 M W at school NH
Tuttle, Emily L. 7 F W at school NH
Hunt, Abel 71 M W active merchant 300/800 NH
Tuttle, Daniel F. 78 M W no occupation NH
—living next door—-
Tuttle, Edwin C. 22 M W day laborer NH
Tuttle, Abbie F. 17 F W keeping House Mass
Children of Cornelius O. & Arvilla W. (Hunt) Tuttle:
1. Herbert “Fred” F.W. Tuttle, b. abt 1857
2. Fanny/Fannie Arvilla Tuttle, b. 4 January 1859 Winchester NH; she m. 5 March 1882 in Keene NH to John Davis Frink. He was b. 1 Dec 1852 in Chicopee MA. They resided in Springfield MA, he was a locomotive engineer on the Boston & Maine Railroad. They had one child, Lotta Amelia Frink, b. 5 Dec 1882 in Winchester NH and d. 24 Apr 1889 in Springfield MA
3. +Homer Wilton Tuttle, b. 19 Sep 1860 Winchester NH
4. Emily L. Tuttle, b. abt 1863 in Winchester NH. She married George Webster Oakes.

*Tenth Generation*
Homer Wilton Tuttle, son of Cornelius & Arvilla W. (Hunt) Tuttle, b. 19 Sep 1860 in Winchester NH, d. after 1920 in Keene NH. He married 30 Dec 1890 in Hinsdale, Cheshire Co NH to Stella Irene May Raymond, dau of Solomon White & Hannah Laura (Hastings) Raymond. She b. 21 Aug 1870 in Keene, Cheshire Co NH and d. 2 Dec 1916 in Keene NH. They resided in Keene NH (1910) and in Boston MA (1920) [see History of Town of Sullivan NH for Hastings Line] He was a box maker.
Tuttle, Homer W. box maker, emp. of Winchester Box Mfg; house Main
Tuttle, Fred H. box maker, emp. of Winchester Box Mfg; house Main cor. Maple ave.
U.S. Census > 1910 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Cheshire > Keene Ward 2 > District 38
Tuttle, Homer W. Head M W 48 m1x 19 yrs NH NH NH Foreman, Box Factory
Tuttle, Stella R. wife F W 39 m1x 19 yrs 2 ch 1 living NH NH NH no occupation
Tuttle, Glenn R. son M W 18 single NH NH NH Driver, market farm
Children of Homer W. &  Stella I.M. (Raymond) Tuttle:
1. +Glenn Raymond Tuttle, b. 20 October 1891 in Winchester NH.
2. Leah Arvilla Tuttle, b. 8 Jan 1894 in Winchester NH and d. 1 July 1906 in Keene NH

*Eleventh Generation*
Glenn Raymond Tuttle, son of Homer W. & Stella I.M. (Raymond) Tuttle, was b. 20 October 1891 in Winchester NH. He married about 1920 to Adah B. –. She was b. abt 1887 in NH.  [Adah Loveland, dau of Pascal & Lucy Loveland of Gilsum NH]
U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Essex > Swampscott > District 278
Tuttle, Glenn R. Head M W 39 married at age 28 NH NH NH manager General Store [b abt 1891]
Tuttle, Adah B. wife F W 43 married at age 33 NH NH NH no occupation [b abt 1887] [married abt 1920]
Payne, Madeline L. niece F W 28 married 26 NH NH NH waitress, hotel
Tuttle, Robert L. son M W 7 single MA NH NH
WWI Draft Registration, 1917-1918
Glenn Raymond Tuttle
born 20 October 1891 in Winchester NH
Res. 52 Spring Street, Keene NH
occupation: assistant Supt, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
March 4, 1974, Portsmouth Herald
OBITUARY–YORK (ME)–Mrs. Hazel M. Meyer, 69, of 282 York St., died Sunday in a local hospital after a short illness.  She was born in Bridgeport, Conn., May 18, 1904, the daughter of William F. and Ella (Seeley) Mueller. Mrs. Meyer was the widow of Herbert W. Meyer, who died in 1953.  She was a member of the Yorksters, Kings Daughters and the Women's League of York. Survivors include a son, Herbert W. Meyer Jr., two daughters, Mrs. Robert Tuttle of Houston, Tex., and Mrs. Arlene Vartko of Monroe, Conn.; 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Child of Glenn R. & Adah B. (?) Tuttle:
1. +Robert L. Tuttle, born in Boston, Mass., on July 26, 1922; m. 1942 to Dorothy Meyer, dau of Herbert W. & Hazel (Mueller) Meyer.  She died in 2000. He died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004 at his home in Lee, NH.  They had no children.

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