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Dr. Charles A. Fager, 90; brought elegant touch to neurosurgery and leadership at Lahey Clinic

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Known for his pioneering, innovative techniques and for high-profile patients including Red Sox slugger Ted Williams, Dr. Charles A. Fager arrived at Lahey Clinic in 1953 after a stint as an Air Force flight surgeon and stayed for the next 54 years. He was still seeing patients when he retired in 2007 at 83, though he set aside surgery as he entered his 70s.

Dr. Fager, who shared his name with a Hall of Fame racehorse whose trainer had been a patient, died in his Wellesley home last Tuesday of complications from a stroke. He was 90.

“He was an elegant surgeon and he was also an elegant, articulate spokesman for the clinic and in neurosurgical circles,” said Dr. John Libertino, a former Lahey Clinic CEO.

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