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Dr. Jordan S. Ruboy, 85; a longtime pediatrician who ‘practiced old-fashioned medicine’

In addition to his caring bedside manner, Dr. Ruboy was known for having impeccable manners and spotless attire.
In addition to his caring bedside manner, Dr. Ruboy was known for having impeccable manners and spotless attire.Credit:

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Dapper and gentle, Dr. Jordan S. Ruboy, who died July 20, cared for generations of children at his private pediatrics practice in Concord and at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was on staff for 50 years. He went on house calls, soothed the anxieties of generations of parents, and wept openly when a child died.

“He typified the best of that era when you practiced old-fashioned medicine,” said Dr. Nancy Hendrie, a pediatrician who worked with him for 28 years. “He was part of the community. He was very involved with not just the children but their families. You went to the children’s school conferences. . . . You weren’t on a time clock. You were expected to be there, and you wanted to be there.”

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