L. Edward Ellinwood

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L. Edward Ellinwood April 8, 1923 – October 31, 2012 L. Edward Ellinwood was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 8, 1923. He attended Palmer High School and Colorado College, then served in the US Navy during World War II. He returned to Colorado College after the war where he met the love of his life, Frances Swerer. They were married in 1949. The couple moved to Chicago where he received a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Chicago. He worked in Radiobiology research at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was involved in the initial studies on the effects of the atomic bomb on animals. He later attended medical school at the University of Colorado where he received his medical degree. He then worked as a physician in the mining town of Uravan, Colorado where he was the only doctor in a 90-mile radius and did everything from delivering babies, to taking care of miners, setting broken bones, and making house calls in his jeep. Ed was passionate about rural medicine, and during his time in Uravan he earned the nickname "the Country Croaker". Dr. Ellinwood moved to Grand Junction in 1964, and became the first director of the St. Mary's Family Practice Residency Program in 1974. He was also a founding member and first president of Rocky Mountain Health Plans which originally formed to help guarantee healthcare access to the underserved. After 40 years of medical practice, Ed often joked that he thought he treated everyone in the Valley at least once. Dr. Ellinwood is survived by his wife, Frances, and five children, Bill (Karen), Peter, and David (Suzanne) of Grand Junction; Steve (Dori) of San Ramon, California, and Sharon (Kelly) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; as well as 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He served many community organizations including Lions Club and the Salvation Army. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing, hunting, skiing, and fly fishing. His presence and dry sense of humor will be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. If you asked Ed how he was, he would always respond, "I'm a ball of fire". An open house reception will be held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction on Sunday, November 4th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A private family service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Salvation Army, Lions Club, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, or Hospice. Callahan-Edfast has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2012
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