Wallace Oswin Austin M.D.
Mar. 23, 1925-Feb. 7, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Wally grew up in San Jose, CA. He was a graduate of San Jose High School. After serving in the Navy during World War II as a combat naval officer steering troop landing crafts onto the beaches in the Pacific theater, he returned to graduate from San Jose State. He married the love and light of his life, Ruth Quadros, in 1947. In 1952, he received his M.D. from Stanford University. He interned and did two years of pediatric residency at Santa Clara County Hospital, where he helped start the pediatric ward and was the head of Infectious Disease. He finished the last two years of his residency at UCLA, where he was the Chief Resident of Pediatrics and specialized in pediatric cardiology. He also received a cardiology fellowship from UCLA. In 1956, Wally began a practice in San Jose; at that time he was the only pediatric cardiologist between San Francisco and Los Angeles. He enjoyed a successful pediatric practice in San Jose and Los Gatos, caring for over 15,000 patients, often into their adulthood. In 1982, he went with Ruth to Saudi Arabia where he was a pediatrician for two years. During this time, he and Ruth traveled extensively, fishing whenever they could. After returning from Saudi, he worked at the Santa Clara Country Hospital Pediatric Clinic, where he had begun his career more than three decades earlier. Wally was passionate about teaching, working as an associate staff member at Stanford's School of Medicine, and teaching residents at Santa Clara County Hospital Pediatric Clinic. His primary passion, however, was helping parents learn to trust themselves as they raised healthy, happy families. Wally had a brilliant mind, big heart, unfailing kindness and generous spirit, which he shared with everyone he met. His world was about children and family; his definition of success was to "be true to yourself and to your family." He lived a successful life filled with dignity, compassion and humor. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter, interests he shared with Ruth and his children. His creative spirit was demonstrated in his painting, tie-flying and carving. Wally will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He is survived by his sister Shirley, five children (Wally, Patty, Les, Steve, and Ed) and nine grandchildren (Jessie, Micah, Caley, Jordan, McKenzie, Skyler, Alyson, Christina and Brian). There will be a celebration of Wally's life on Saturday, February 16. Call Darling Fischer Garden Chapel for Information (408-998-2226). In Lieu of Flowers, Donations can be made to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 14, 2013