Derry, Dr. George H. Jr ., 94, of Huntington Beach, CA, passed away on March 1, 2013. Born September 4, 1918 in New York City, Dr. Derry was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Minna (Conkey) Derry. He is survived by his 4 children, Elizabeth Derry (66) of Sunset Beach, CA, George H. Derry,III (64) of Prescott, AZ, James E. Derry (59) and his wife, Liz, of Fountain Valley, CA and Barbara Thomas (56) and her husband, John, of Huntington Beach, CA and his 4 grandchildren, Matthew Derry, Lauren (Thomas) Heflin, Reed Thomas and Lindsey Thomas.|
As a young boy, Dr. Derry was an Eagle Scout, which was the impetus for his life long career of helping others. Dr. Derry started college at USC in 1942 and he preceded to attend Long Island College of Medicine in NY and did his internship at the French Hospital in San Francisco. After 2 years of orthopedic service in the U.S. Army, he did his General Surgical Residence at Fresno County Hospital. In 1952 he was licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts where he also did a 1 year Vascular Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. In 1953 he returned to California where he got his California medical license. He worked for the VA Hospital in Maine and Fresno and started a private practice in General and Vascular Surgery in Fresno. In 1960 he returned to school for his residency in Thoracic Surgery at UCLA and Harbor General Hospital. In 1962 he opened his private practice in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery in Huntington Beach, CA. In 1967 & 1968 he was named the 1st Chief of Staff of Huntington Inter-community Hospital and in 1970, 1976 & 1977 he was named Chief of Surgery at the same hospital. He was on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Medical Society and on the Executive Committee of the Southern California Physicians Council, where he then became Vice-President and then President of the Council. He was a member of the Masons, the Elks and the Rotarians.
Dr. Derry's Life Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 11:00am at Westminster Memorial Park, 14801 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA followed by a get together at the home of Elizabeth Derry, 12351 23rd Street, Sunset Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Foundation of America, at 1-866-AFA-8484 or www.alzfdn.org, would be appreciated.
Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 22, 2013