The death of the first president of the Massachusetts Medical Association


The Massachusetts Medical Association’s first female president has died at the age of 89.

The Boston Globe reported that Dr. Barbara Rocket passed away last week. A Brooklyn resident made house calls and worked on a number of boards until her eighties, but her health has deteriorated in recent years.

Rocket served as president of the Massachusetts Medical Association in the 1980s and helped lead a successful campaign to reduce the high cost of medical malpractice insurance in the state, according to the newspaper.

She was also the chief medical officer at the former Honeyman Hospital in Worcester and worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

The State Medical Association awarded the Rocket with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and it is named after the Physician’s Early Career Leadership Award.

“I tried to be a good wife, a good mother, and a good doctor, and as a result, I had to be very flexible in how I control my life on a daily basis,” Rocket said. In a 2012 interview, The Globe reported.

Rocket was born in Boston, graduated from Wellesley College and Tufts University School of Medicine, and trained as a general surgeon in Boston hospitals. Her funeral and burial are scheduled.


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