Verla Worthing Robbins

May 03, 2012

Windsor, Vt. — Verla Worthing Robbins, M.D., 90, died March 18, 2012, at the Cedar Hill Healthcare Center in Windsor, Vt.

She was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Elm Creek, Neb., a daughter of Floyd and Zora (Coleman) Worthing. In her youth she was very active in 4-H. She graduated from high school in Elm Creek and then from Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, where she was a distinguished alumna, and then from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. Verla, known professionally as Dr. Worthing, continued to further her medical training at the New England Hospital in Boston and George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was certified a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and also held staff appointments at Knox County Memorial Hospital in Rockland, where she was head of the anesthesia department for 21 years, Pen Bay Medical Center also in Rockland, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Togus. Verla retired from full-time anesthesiology in 1978 but continued as a surgical assistant and part-time anesthesiology until 1982.

She was married to Allan L. Robbins in 1949 and they made their home in Thomaston, where her husband served as warden of the Maine State Prison. During their careers, Dr. Robbins and her husband traveled considerably and she visited many hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in her desire to improve her medical techniques.

Dr. Worthing belonged to Knox County Medical Society, where she served as president, vice president and secretary. She was a member of the American Medical Association and the American and Maine Societies of Anesthesia. She also was selected as First Lady of the Year by Beta Sigma Phi in Rockland.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and an infant daughter.

She is survived by her two sons, Jeffry L. Robbins of Cornish and Joshua W. Robbins of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery in Rangley on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. Messages of sympathy for the family can be left at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Cedar Hill Activities Fund, 49 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, VT 05089.

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