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Willis J. Irvine ’46

Willis J. Irvine ’46, April 6, 1996, in Portland, of complications from cancer. He was a physician who practiced medicine in Portland for 38 years. After attending Reed in 1942-43, he completed his pre-medical training in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program at Central Missouri College. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School, now OHSU, in 1948. Following his internship at a hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, he served as a medical officer on a Navy transport ship for two years. He married Marjorie Noll in 1946. In 1951, he returned to Portland to begin a private practice in family medicine. He retired in 1989 as senior partner in the Mt. Tabor Medical Group. In addition to practicing medicine, he worked as a clinical professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He was known as a local leader in the medical profession. He was a past president of the medical staff at Portland Adventist Hospital, the Multnomah County Medical Society, and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. He was also a charter member and past vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and an officer of the American Board of Family Practice. In 1988, he was named doctor of the year by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. He is survived by his wife, a son, three daughters, ten grandchildren, a brother, and three sisters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1996

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