Robert G. Gale was born in Stowe, VT in 1919, graduating from Middlebury College in 1941. Dr. Gale always loved sports, and was an accomplished athlete at Middlebury. In 1944, he received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and did his internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester (which is now an 830 bed medical center/teaching hospital of the U. of Rochester School of Medicine). From 1946 to 1948 he trained at Vanderbilt University Hospital on a medical fellowship, where Dr. Gale co-authored an article published in the American Heart Journal in 1949. The title of the article is "Plasma tocopherol levels in cardiac patients". He then completed two more years of training in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Gale practiced at the Fitch Clinic in St. Johnsbury, Vermont from 1950-1952, after which time he began his Internal Medicine practice in Littleton in August of that year. He was called to active duty in 1953 during the Korean War and served two years as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, practicing cardiology at Fort Hood, TX. Upon discharge from the Military, Dr. Gale settled in Littleton, where he practiced from 1955 until 1987. While at Littleton Hospital, Dr. Gale served as Chief of Medicine, and he established Littleton Hospital's intensive care unit.
Always an avid outdoorsman, Dr. Gale was a New Hampshire Fish and Game Commissioner between 1975 and 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating. Dr. Gale was player agent for the Little League of Littleton from 1952 to 1970 from its inception to the opening of the "new field" at Remich Park. Also, he was a member of the F and AM (Free and Accepted Masons) Burns Lodge in Littleton and the Littleton Lodge of Elks. Dr. Gale was a member of the NH Medical Society and the Trudeau Society. The Trudeau Society was named to honor Edward L. Trudeau. He was the pioneer who founded an early (if not the first) tuberculosis sanatorium in America at Saranac Lake in New York in the early 1900s.
Littleton Hospital named its medical library in Dr. Gale's honor. His photograph proudly hangs on a wall in the current Gale Medical Library/Anna Connors Patient & Family Resource Center.
(August 12, 1987) Littleton Courier microfiche
Colby, Jack, ed. Littleton: Crossroads of Northern New Hampshire, Town of Littleton, 1984.
Murray JF et al. Evolution and Revolution. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2012; 186(10):948-952.
Lemley JM, Gale RG, et al. Plasma tocopherol levels in cardiac patients. American Heart Journal.1949; 37(7):1029-34.