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Lee Edgar
June 25, 1918-Dec. 15, 2013
Resident of Soquel
Archie Lee Edgar was born on June 25, 1918, in Long Beach, CA, to John and Blanche Edgar, and died peacefully on December 15, 2013 in Soquel, CA. Lee and his older sister, Gene, were raised in El Centro, CA. He attended UC Berkeley, and medical school at the University of Rochester and UCSF. Lee specialized in internal medicine and cardiology, and when he set up his practice in San Diego, CA, it was with the first EKG machine in the county.
While Lee was in medical school, he met Betty Forsberg, the love of his life, to whom he was married for 58 years. He completed his medical training at UCFS while in the Army Reserve, was commissioned in 1945 and sent to China. After a few months, Betty joined him, and there, Alan was born. After serving in China, Lee moved back to San Francisco to do research and there, Kathy was born. In 1949, the family moved to San Diego, where Lee set up his practice and David and Robert were born. In 1953, the Edgars made their final move to La Mesa, CA, where Lee lived for 52 years, until he moved to Capitola to be near Alan and his family after Betty died.
Lee had a satisfying career as a doctor, but he never let it take over his life. He had an adventurous spirit and went on numerous backpacking trips and hikes with the Sierra Club, and with family and friends. He loved the desert and made many trips to the Southwest, where he hiked and rafted the Grand Canyon numerous times. He was an accomplished painter and photographer and an avid reader. He and Betty were enthusiastic travelers and he made memorable trips to Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, and to many different states. Lee helped found Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa and was one of its first Chiefs of Staff. He was an active member of the Rotary Club for many years, volunteered on the Navajo reservation, and was a strong supporter of environmental causes. After his move to Capitola in 2004, Lee enjoyed writing, walking, and spending time with his family. In the last few years, his outings with Cindy's Celebrations were especially meaningful to him.
In addition to Alan (Mimi), Kathy (Chuck), and David (Terri), Lee is survived by 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by Betty and his son, Robert. We are grateful for the long, full and productive life that Lee led. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather and we will miss him dearly.
A private celebration of his life will be held by his family. Contributions can be made to Cindy's Celebrations in Lee's memory.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Dec. 27, 2013
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