Clifford Clinton Raisbeck, Jr., M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon, passed away Good Friday, March 29 at age 84, from complications of pneumonia. His wife and children were by his side. Dr. Raisbeck was born May 13, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended Northwestern University, Evanston IL, and was admitted after three years to Northwestern University Medical School, graduating in 1953. He interned at Charity Hospital, New Orleans. Following three years active duty as a Navy Flight Surgeon he did his residency through Northwestern at St. Vincent's Hospital, NYC and Shriner's Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada. Upon completion of formal training Dr. Raisbeck moved his family to San Francisco where he founded the Orthopaedic Group of San Francisco. He was Chairman of Orthopaedic surgery, Mary's Help/Seton Hospital and French Hospital, and was involved with orthopaedic education at UCSF and the VA Livermore throughout the Viet Nam War. For 34 years Dr. Raisbeck remained in the US Navy Reserve where he consulted on complicated orthopaedic cases. He retired as Captain USNR in 1987. A strong supporter of Northwestern's medical school Dr. Raisbeck served on the Alumni Board and funded a Research Fellowship Chair. He was a member of the Rattlers Camp at the Bohemian Club, served on the Vestry of Christ Episcopal Church in Sausalito, and was a member of the Marin Ski Club and patrolled the slopes of Sugar Bowl on the Doctors' Ski Patrol. He continued to ride the Harley Davidson motorcycle he bought for commuting to university, he made wine for 30 years, sailed his boat from the Presidio Yacht Club, rallied his 1911 Ford across the country three times in the Great American Race (scoring a perfect 00.00 on the Indianapolis Speedway), and spent much time at his Wisconsin farm. A world traveler, Dr. Raisbeck introduced joint replacement surgery to Jordan and Tunisia, hiked remote areas of Burma, Laos and Thailand with his wife Carole, and in Viet Nam taught orthopaedics for many years. Dr. Raisbeck settled in Sausalito where he raised his family. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 1991. He married Carole Hendron Ferguson in 1993 and is survived by her and his children Clifford (Kathy), Christopher (William), Wendy Raisbeck Gallagher (Thomas), Kimberly Grayson (Antonio), Alexandra Ferguson, five grandchildren, and his brother James (Sherry) of Seattle, WA, and cousins in Wisconsin and Norway. A service for Dr. Raisbeck will be held at 4:00 p.m. April 19, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts to be made in his name to Christ Episcopal Church Organ Fund, P.O. Box 5, Sausalito, CA 94966, or Northwestern University Medical School Scholarship Fund, 303 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2013