Dr. Merritt L Armstrong

October 25, 1949January 24, 2019

FALMOUTH - Merritt L. Armstrong, DC, 69, formerly of Freeport, ME died peacefully on January 24, 2019 after a long illness. He was born October 25, 1949 to Donald and Mary (Wiseman) Armstrong.

Merritt grew up in Babylon, NY, on Long Island and enjoyed sailing and maintaining his small wooden sailboat on The Great South Bay. After graduating from Pomfret Academy in Pomfret, CT, he attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, then went on to earn his Doctorate in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic (now called National University of Health Sciences) in Lombard, IL in 1975.

After graduation, Merritt came to Maine with a friend, fell in love with the state, and never left. He established the Holistic Chiropractic Center in Freeport in a home built in 1790, and practiced there for 32 years. Merritt was passionate about his work and cared deeply for his patients. He was active for many years as a volunteer and presenter at the Healing Arts Festival and the Common Ground Fair.

Merritt had a unique sense of humor and was often the life of the party. His impressions of Monty Python characters and Julia Child made you think the real people were standing right next to you. He could weave entire lines from Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant” into normal conversation, and it would sound like it always belonged there. Merritt was a self taught gourmet cook, and people would come from far and wide to share a meal around his big kitchen table. He was also an avid gardener and a great photographer.

Merritt is survived by his wife Barbara of Falmouth, sister Sara Armstrong of Melbourne, FL, nephew Patrick Donohue of Bay Shore, NY, niece Holly Lynch of Mt. Sinai, NY, and several cousins.

Merritt had long requested that his body be donated to medical education and training. There will be no formal service. Please visit to participate in Merritt’s online tribute, view photos, share a memory or offer condolences.

Merritt’s family would like to thank the awesome staff at Beacon Hospice for their dedication, compassion and caring. In lieu of flowers, please lend a hand to a stranger in need, do a random act of kindness, and think of Merritt and the joy he brought to our world.


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Dr. Merritt L Armstrong

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Michael Lane, DC

February 16, 2019

I wrote a note earlier on this site but don't know if it went through. I am one of Merritt's old roommates from chiropractic school. Merritt was quite a character, and one I will never forget. As you have mentioned, Merritt loved photography and always had his camera ready. I'm attaching one photo of the 4 roommates "in costume" for a set up shot he did. From left to right is Joe Lowenstein, Tom Locke, me, and Merritt. Merritt was a good doctor, as well as a funny, quirky guy. I have many fond memories of school days with Merritt, including a summer break where he introduced me to New York City, Long Island and Oneonta where he went to college. We have lost a few of our class mates now and it makes you look back and remember the good times we had together. Again, sorry for your loss, but memories are golden!

Mark Lindberg

February 9, 2019

So many years, so many good times. This is what love is about. Rest in peace Merritt. My friend, you will always be in my memory.

Susan O'Keefe

February 5, 2019

I will always remember Merritt as a kind, caring and sensitive person. A fabulous cook with an appreciation for delicious food. His impressions, sense of humor and quick wit made being around him always seem like a party. I am grateful for having known him and send sincerest condolences to Barbara and family.

Gail Dobrowolski

February 4, 2019

Knowing Merritt was an honor,He was one of a kind. He was a very caring ,knowledgeable ,funny, compassionate chiropractor. His impression of Julia child was the best. Boy could he cook. May he rest in peace. Merritt say hi to your mom.My condolences to you BArbara.

Shell Lantz

February 4, 2019

Merritt was such a special person. Kind, loving and most of all great company! What laughter and fun. Belly laughs. Bow St. - Sitting in the hot tub on the back deck in winter with snow on the trees singing oldies and feeling great. Incredible meals and conversation around the dinner table. Visits to the Maine Coast and Blueberry picking. Fun in Rhode Island and Hooterville. Crosby, Stills, Nash in Boston and a rainy day at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston.

Barbara - blessings for your kindness and caring being there for Merritt - With love

Peter Alley

February 2, 2019

In the early 1980's, I met a wonderful group of people in South County, Rhode Island, and Merritt was among them.
To describe him as gregarious would be an understatement. As time went by, I also saw that he was also very caring, sensitive, and compassionate. His concern for the comfort of others led him to a career where he could take a 'hands-on' approach to their health. As a Chiropractor, Merritt was able engage in the intimate assessment and treatment of his patients. It was a rewarding and perfect balance for the healer, and the convalescent.
I believe that much of his humor was driven by a deep need to be accepted and loved. Sadly, I do not believe he was ever truly aware of how many people carried a place in their heart for him. He was loved; appreciated, and is very much missed.
Of many acquaintances, Merritt was one of few friends.

Donna and Randy Swanson

February 1, 2019

Merritt was a best friend to many! The kind of guy who livened up the room wherever he went , with a sense of humor that everyone admired and emulated. Genuine concern for other people was always first and foremost on his mind. Whether it was Groucho Marx, Monty Python or Julia Child, he couldn't stop repeating the comedy skits word-for-word until the whole room was in stitches. Even when Merritt wasn't nearby we found ourselves constantly imitating him imitating other gifted comedians.
He could never image how many lives he has touched.
Those who had the opportunity to call him friend know there are few words to describe the great loss.

We will truly miss you our friend,

Randy & Donna

Holly Elliott

February 1, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Merritt's passing. It's been many years since I visited the red house on the corner of Bow Street and South Freeport Road. Merritt took care of my back and health for many years. I also considered him a friend and shared some lovely gourmet meals in the wonderful kitchen. I have a couple of his recipes. I recently had a dream about Merritt after all these years. Condolences to his family.