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Clifford Clinton Raisbeck Jr, MD

Clifford Clinton Raisbeck Jr, MD. Orthopaedic Surgeon, passed away on Good Friday, March 29 at age 84, from complications of pneumonia. His wife and children were by his side.


Dr. Raisbeck was born on 5/13/1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.. Three years later he was admitted to Northwestern University Medical School and matriculated with the class of 1953. An Internship at Charity Hospital, New Orleans followed. After three years of active duty as a Navy Flight Surgeon he completed his Residency at Northwestern at St. Vincent's Hospital, NYC and at Shriner's Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada.


Upon completion of his formal training, Dr. Raisbeck moved his family to San Francisco and soon after, Sausalito. He founded the Orthopaedic Group of San Francisco. He became Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mary's Help/Seton Hospital and French Hospital and was also involved with orthopaedic education at UCSF and the VA Livermore Hospital throughout the Viet Nam War. After consulting for 34 years on complicated orthopaedic cases with the US Navy Reserve, he retired as Captain USNR in 1987.


A strong supporter of Northwestern University's Medical School, Dr. Raisbeck served on the Alumni Board and funded a Research Fellowship Chair. A world traveler, Dr. Raisbeck introduced joint replacement surgery to Tunisia and Jordan, then instructed in Viet Nam for many years.


Dr. Raisbeck was a member of the Marin Ski Club and patrolled the slopes of Sugar Bowl with the Doctors' Ski Patrol. He rallied his 1911 Model T Ford across the country three times in the Great American Race and scored a perfect lap time of 0.00 on the Indianapolis Speedway. He rode his 1940's Harley Davidson well into the 2000's and sailed his sloop on San Francisco Bay for over 30 years. Clifford and his wife Carole hiked remote areas of Burma, Laos and Thailand, amongst other journeys. The family enjoyed 30 years of his winemaking. He never ceased to relish days on his Wisconsin farm. Dr. Raisbeck found much joy at the Rattlers Camp of the Bohemian Club.


Clifford Raisbeck was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 1991. He married Carole Hendron Ferguson in 1993 and is survived by her and his children Cliff (Kathy), Christopher (Bill), Wendy Raisbeck Gallagher (Thomas), Kimberley Grayson (Antonio), Alexandra Ferguson, five grandchildren and his brother James (Sherry) in Seattle, WA, and cousins in Wisconsin and Norway.


A service for Dr. Raisbeck will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts to be made in his name to the 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 San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2013
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