Dr. Gregory D. Foltz
SEATTLE- Dr. Gregory D. Foltz, 50, formerly of Rochester, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Foltz was born June 14, 1963, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of David and Shay Foltz. On July 3, 2005, he married Dr. Luba Lankerovich.
Dr. Foltz attended Rochester High School, SIU-Edwardsville, and Washington University Medical School. He then completed a neurosurgery residency in Seattle at the University of Washington.
Dr. Foltz began his medical career at the University of Iowa College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology. He returned to Seattle and became the founder and director of the non-profit Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Foltz established research and biotech institutions in the Pacific Northwest, and devoted his life to eradicating brain cancer. He was instrumental in creating the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to raise critical funds to further support brain cancer research. Dr. Foltz was a principal founder of Neurosurgery International, a non-profit educational organization for young neurosurgeons from developing countries. In addition to his career in medicine, Dr. Foltz was also a talented concert pianist.
Dr. Foltz is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Luba Foltz, and his beloved children, Clara and Benjamin at home; his parents, David and Carol Foltz of Rochester, Ill., and Shay and Gary Malcom of Sahuarita, Ariz.; his siblings: Michael Foltz of Chicago, Timothy Foltz of Williamsville, Christopher Foltz of Sahuarita, Ariz., and Cecelia (Cece) Foltz of Rochester; his in-laws, Michael and Olga Lankerovich of Kirkland, Wash.; grandfather, Ethredge Waid of Raytown, Mo., and step-grandmother, Evelyn Mertz of Springfield. Many stepsiblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive him. His grandparents, Lawrence and Bertha Foltz, and grandmother, Donna Waid, preceded Dr. Foltz in death.
Dr. Foltz's tireless commitment to enhancing the lives of people diagnosed with brain cancer has had a profound impact on patients and families throughout the country. His family, friends and the countless number of people he treated and interacted with throughout his career will sorely miss Dr. Foltz.
There will be a memorial gathering to recognize and honor the life of Dr. Foltz on July 15th at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Memorials can be made to the Greg Foltz, M.D. Endowed Directorship at the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA. 98122-4307.