Arthur M. ("Art") Coddington

April 19, 1920 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 98)

Dr. Arthur M. Coddington, II passed away peacefully December 29, 2018 at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford, NY after a short illness. His three children were with him.  Art was born April 19, 1920 in Johnson City, NY to Marie Corwin and Arthur Michael Coddington. After 64 years of marriage, he was predeceased by his wife Margie in 2012. He is father to Dr. Jane A. Coddington, Norwich, NY, Arthur M. Coddington III, San Leandro, CA and Mary Spezzano (Bill), Livonia, NY. He adored his three grandchildren Patrick, Sean and James Spezzano. He was the last surviving sibling to Carl Coddington, Marie Lowery, Jim Coddington and Anne Gorman. He is survived by in-laws, Mary Grace Coddington, Bette Rae Nealon, Jerry Rollo and Claudia Nealon. He was uncle to 30 nieces and nephews. Art graduated from Johnson City High School in 1938 where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went on to graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1939, where he was also a standout athlete. He graduated from Princeton University in 1943 majoring in Biology in preparation for medical school. Art played varsity baseball, rugby and was quarterback of the undefeated 150-pound football team. He lettered in all three sports. He was a faithful member of Tiger Inn dining club and visited whenever he was on campus. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1946, followed by an internship at Robert Packer Hospital for two years. He then served as a US Army Captain during peacetime in Japan and Korea as a medic. Upon returning home he completed two residencies, one in Pathology at Robert Packer and another in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. In 1952, he established a private practice in Pediatrics in Johnson City. He opened Tier Acne Clinics in 1990, with locations in Ithaca, Johnson City and Norwich. At various points in time, he was physician for Johnson City and Binghamton school districts, worked overnights in the ER at Wilson UHS and part-time at the Binghamton University Health Services Center. Art had many passions and interests. He required little sleep and that afforded him 18+ hours each day to pursue these. First and foremost, he loved family and home. Margie and his 3 children were top priorities. Their wellbeing assured, he their immersed himself in their interests and wove them within his endeavors and activities. Though viewed as quiet and soft-spoken, he served in leadership and service roles throughout his life. He was past President of Johnson City Rotary, advocate of PolioPlus, king of the poinsettia sale, instigator of Doc’s raffle and strong supporter of the youth exchange program. He served on the Johnson City school board and reunion committees.  He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul choir and served on parish council. He was active in Princeton alumni work, especially introducing high school scholar athletes to the university. Voted ‘peppiest’ by his high school classmates, he was happy to be amidst a party or celebration… loudly cheering at a Princeton game…relaxing with friends or close family with laughter and fun… or playing at the beloved Geneganslet cottage, the ‘7 Cs’.  At an early age, he understood the value of recording these special times on many reels of home movies and showing them at camp or during special gatherings. Art was a unique constellation of attributes and characteristics. He was methodical, creative, a visionary, an extreme planner, a compassionate healer, a physician who went as lightly as possible on medication and as strongly as possible on nature – water, sleep and the comfort of love and caring. His thought process could be a challenge for mere mortals to follow and the detail frustrating. Yet the outcome was most often spectacular. Art was an extremely kind and thoughtful man. Throughout his 98+ years, many people have been on the receiving acts of his quiet acts of helping, healing and kindness. If he saw a need and could ‘help out,’ he did so without pause. These qualities made him the person and physician that he was. A funeral mass will be offered Saturday, January 12, 11 AM at Blessed Sacrament/St. Vincent de Paul Church, 465 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY. The family will receive friends January 11 at the Barber Memorial Home, 428 Main St. Johnson City, 4:30-7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Art may be made to Rotary International, End Polio Now or Doctors without Borders.


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