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Abe Puziss ’35

Abe Puziss ’35, June 22, 2004, in Portland. Obbie earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed. In 1939, he graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School (Oregon Health & Science University), and entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps a year later. During World War II, Obbie attended to wounded soldiers aboard the Queen Mary. In 1945 he opened a medical practice in Portland, working as a physician and surgeon for 50 years. He was a member of the Oregon Medical Association, the Masons Lodge, and was a 65-year member of the YMCA. He married Claire Zacks in 1943 and they had three children. Obbie was a man of outstanding character and quick wit, who was dedicated to family and to learning. He was a noted photographer, whose medical photographs were published more than those of any other U.S. physician. He also enjoyed playing the banjo and ukulele. Survivors include his wife, daughter and sons, eight grandchildren, and two sisters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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