In Memory of Frederick Charles Rimmele III, M.D. (10/3/1968 – 9/11/2001)
Fred Rimmele received his M.D from Duke University Medical College in 1994 and completed his residency training in Family Medicine from the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency in 1997. Starting at the Foxboro area Health Center, he soon moved to Marblehead when he joined the faculty team of the Family Practice Residency at Beverly Hospital in August 1998. Here, he advanced swiftly to become the Medical Director of the Family Practice Health Center. When it became clear that the Residency training program would close in 2002, Fred was the catalyst in the plan to transform the Family Practice Center into a physician owned group practice – Danvers Family Doctors. Like everything else he did in life, his mission was clear and unwavering. The newfound practice would serve to provide the same quality of care that the Family Practice Health Center had done and he would be part of it. Fred never lived to see his project come to life. On his way to California for a Family Medicine conference, he became one of the victims on board United Airlines flight 175 in the awful tragedy of September 11. With his eye for detail, Fred had listed out his vision and plan for the practice very early in the transition. Today, this practice, which is dedicated in his memory will strive to achieve his vision and standard of care, so that patients who knew him could say: “You did that just the same way as Doctor Rimmele would have done for me.” That perhaps, is the best remembrance we can have of him to cherish his memory every day.