Title: Physician (Retired)
Company: U.S. Navy, Allstate Insurance Company, University of Montana, U.S. Army & U.S. Merchant Marine
Maxwell T. Cotter, MD, Retired Physician for the U.S. Military, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine.
As a boy, Dr. Cotter dreamed of becoming a military officer and a doctor. He first attended Raymond High School and lettered in football and track. Upon graduating, He was ordered to active duty by the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served two cruises aboard the USS Lexington CVA -16. In recognition of his service during this time, he received the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star.
While working nights at EC Miller Cedar Mill in Montesano, he completed two years of general studies at Grays Harbor College. Using his GI Bill, He completed his undergraduate work and earned a Master of Education from Central Washington University. He was hired on campus as an Allstate Insurance Agent and won the annual life insurance contest where he was awarded an all-expense-paid trip with his wife Anne to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Later, Dr. Cotter taught as a fellow in education at CWU, a teacher at Ellensburg High School, and as a Professor at the University of Montana. He feels his highest academic contribution was teaching five underprivileged elementary special education students to read. He joined the Army Reserve and worked as a Drill Instructor at Fort Lewis- McCord. After relocating to California in 1985, Dr. Cotter became a Hearing Aid Dispenser and rejoined the Army Reserve to serve as a Combat Medic. He joined the 40th Infantry Division of the California Army National Guard and continued as a Medic until his retirement as a Sergeant First Class.
While working as a Medic, Dr. Cotter continued his first two years of medical school in Ensenada, Mexico. After being interrupted by active duty for the LA Riot and Desert Shield, he earned an MD from Pacific Basin University at the ISSSTA Hospital in Juarez, Mexico.
After sensing limited opportunities of practicing clinical medicine in the United States, Dr. Cotter learned homeopathy and became a fellow of the British Royal Society of Medicine. During his last year of medical school, he attended the Harvard School of Continuing Education in Public Health. He practiced for several years in Burbank, California, at Alternative Health and Hearing until he joined the United States Merchant Marines.
Throughout all of his endeavors, Dr. Cotter considers his favorite career move to be serving as a Cruise Ship Physician. Dr. Cotter realized his childhood dream of becoming an Officer and a doctor. He is retired with his wife and two dogs in Ocean Shores, Washington.
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