John Fitzgerald Fairbairn (Mayo Clinic)1

(2 Nov 1922 - 29 Jun 2004)
FatherThomas S A Fairbairn2 (circa 1890 - bet. 1922 - 2004)
MotherHelen Pumyea2 (circa 1890 - bet. 1930 - 2004)


     John Fairbairn was born on 2 Nov 1922 Buffalo, NY, USA.2
     John Fairbairn II died on 29 Jun 2004 at the Methodist Hosp., Rochester, MN, USA, at age 81; Obit (7 Jul 2004 Marco Island Eagle): Dr. John F. Fairbairn II records that he was Dr. John Fitzgerald Fairbairn II, age 81, of Marco Island and Hayward, Wis., and formerly of Rochester, Minn., died June 29, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.
Dr. Fairbairn was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Thomas S.A. and Helen (Pumyea) Fairbairn. He attended college and medical school at the University of Buffalo and graduated from medical school in 1945.
He subsequently served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1947. After additional medical training, he joined the Mayo Foundation on a fellowship from the National Heart Institute as a trainee in peripheral vascular disease. He later joined the Mayo Clinic Staff in July 1956 as an expert in vascular medicine.
On Jan. 23, 1960, he married Meryl A. Oilman in Minneapolis.
Dr. Fairbairn was an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and served as an editor of the textbook Peripheral Vascular Disease. He was recognized as a master clinician and expert in diverse vascular diseases, and had an unwavering commitment to his patients and their needs. An emeritus cardiologist, he remained on the Mayo Clinic staff until his retirement in November 1987.
In retirement, he devoted his time to his passion, genealogy research.
He is survived by his wife, Meryl; one daughter, Karen Fairbairn-Nath, Rochester; two grandchildren, Thomas and Meryl; two sisters, Eleanor Heckman of Buffalo, N.Y., and Catherine Parratt of Syracuse, N.Y; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce; and by his parents.
Funeral services and interment took place in Hayward. Memorials may be directed to the Olmstead County Historical Society, Genealogy Library; or the Hayward Sports Center, Bruce Fairbairn Room.3,2
This is the "Dr John Mayo Clinic" referred to on the SGS filed pedigree of John 1563.
That tree incorrectly assigned his ancestor William Fairbairn (married Margaret Thomson) as a son of John Fairbairn and Helen Anderson instead of to the Ednam Blacksmith pedigree of Edward and Jane (DAVIDSON) FAIRBAIRN.1


     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 9 Apr 1930 451 Ashland? Ave, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY, USA, in the household of Helen Fairbairn as son of Helen.4


  • Karen Fairbairn-Nath2
  • Bruce William Fairbairn2 (Oct 1962 - bef. 2004)
ChartsEdward & Jean (DAVIDSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited8 Mar 2012


  1. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jan 2009.
  2. [S5] online at, Dth 29 Jun 2004 John Fitzgerald FAIRBAIRN, born 2 Nov 1922, obit 7 Jul 2004 in "Marco Island Eagle", from US Obituary Collection, extracted Jan 2009.
  3. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Dth Jun 29 2004/5 John F FAIRBAIRN II, (of Mayo Clinic) from MedicalAlumniAssociation 2004-2005 newsletter, online (cached) at, extracted Jan 2009.
  4. [S808] Census images, USA, 1930 Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: 1432; Page: 14A; ED 295; Image: 1027.0, hsehold of Helen FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jan 2009.
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