Dr. Dirk Vandersloot

May 08, 2014

Dr. Dirk Vandersloot of Rockport died at his home Friday, May 2, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He met his cancer diagnosis with an uncommon courage and inspired many with his progressive approach to blending traditional and holistic medicine.

Born in Paterson, N.J., March 29, 1948, to Peter and Georgia Vandersloot, Dirk attended Salisbury Park High School in Asbury Park, N.J., and graduated from Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif. He excelled academically and athletically and had a life-long passion for baseball, football and racquetball. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1970, he went on to medical school at UCLA, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1975.

Dr. Vandersloot completed his family practice residency at Maine Medical Center in 1977 and continued to practice there for nearly a decade. In 1986 he moved to Newburyport, Mass., with his wife Jean and daughter Julia, where he was a physician at Holistic Family Practice.

After 15 years in family medicine, Dr. Vandersloot and his family moved to Midcoast Maine. He started his career in homeopathy in 1993 at The Center for Health and Healing where he continued to see clients until a week prior to his death.

Dirk’s travels around the world inspired him professionally and spiritually. He was passionate about bringing a deeper understanding of illness and the mind-body connection to everyone. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge at numerous seminars including 20 years at The Common Ground Fair.

Dirk was well known for his inquisitive nature, good humor and encyclopedic mind. He was appreciated and respected for his ability to deeply influence those he met. He loved his family fiercely and often spoke of the joys of living life in beautiful Midcoast Maine.

Dr. Vandersloot was predeceased by his parents Peter and Georgia, and his brother Dr. Jan Vanderlsoot. He is survived by his wife Jean Forest of Rockport and their daughter Julia and her husband Alex Moeckel of Atlanta, Ga. He is missed by all, including his siblings; sister Karen and her husband Gilbert Richards, brother Ralph and his wife Lucille Vandersloot, sister Diana and her husband Michael Gilmore, brother James and wife Sandi Vandersloot and his wonderful and accomplished nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Camden.

In appreciation of Dr. Vandersloot, his family suggests donations be sent to Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Midcoast Community Chorus or Hope Elephants.

Comments (2)
Posted by: cathy Cleaveland | May 09, 2014 05:56

Dirk was a huge book of knowledge and such an inspiration. I learned so much about the body and it's needs from Dirk. We will miss his presents here on Earth, but know he's surrounded by peace. We love you Dirk!

Posted by: Marie Paschke | May 09, 2014 01:09

I truly don't have enough words to say how much I was inspired by this man.  He led me through a scary medical ordeal, quietly guiding me, helping me not give up in the midst of much.  He also helped me find courage within myself to answer an ever present call to go back to school so one day, I too can have a family practice.  I learned so much from Dirk, a man who became my ever cheerful, beautifully spiritual, humble mentor.  I carry him with me as I begin my own training.  I pray I can do half as much for my patients as this man did for his.  I just loved him so, so much.  I will carry him forever in my heart.

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