Dr. Page C. Jett, a retired country doctor who practiced almost five decades in Calvert County, died of heart failure Dec. 22 at his Port Republic home. He was 85.
Dr. Jett moved to Prince Frederick in 1933 to set up his medical practice.
Instrumental in the construction of the original Calvert Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jett served on the building committee and the board of directors after its completion in 1953. He was a member of the building committee for the new hospital in 1977.
The author of numerous papers, he was vice president of the Medical-Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and the Academy of General Practice.
One of Dr. Jett's chief concerns was for indigent patients. He worked hard for the passage of legislation for the Maryland Medical Care Program, where he was on the advisory council for many years and served as chairman. The program was a model for the national Medicaid program.
Dr. Jett retired in 1981.
A Baltimore native, he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1927 and the University of Maryland Medical School in 1931. He interned at St. Joseph Hospital before moving to Southern Maryland.
Dr. Jett and his wife, the former Vashti Muinch, spent most of their married life at Warrior's Rest, their farm of more than 200 acres on Calvert Cliffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, other survivors include a daughter, Linda Jett Hexter of Ocean Pines; a son, Robert Page Jett of Huntingtown; two sisters, Lillian Jett Stevens and Downing Jett Kay, both of Baltimore; a brother, E. Lee Jett of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions be made to Calvert Memorial Hospital, care of the Page C. Jett Memorial Fund, Route 4 and Hospital Drive, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678.
A memorial service was held Dec. 28 in Prince Frederick.