Darwin James Liao, M.D.|
Dr. Darwin James Liao, ophthalmologist and owner of Seattle Eye M.D.s, passed away December 10, 2013 after a brief illness.
Born on December 9, 1968, Darwin spent his childhood years in Seattle's Magnolia community. He formed lifelong friendships with neighborhood families and classmates at Lakeside School. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1990, then earned his M.D. and a Master's degree in Public Health from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Prior to completing his residency at the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center in Memphis, he set up and co-managed the Ophthalmology Department technology lab. Darwin had a keen interest in computers, combining his passion for technology and medicine to develop innovative programs, including health-care specific software for mobile computing devices and an intraocular lens calculator. Always an early adopter of technology, Darwin was a frequent speaker for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In 1999, he returned to the Northwest and established Seattle Eye M.D.s. The clinic and optical shop in downtown Seattle became known for its service, carrying boutique luxury frames and specializing in prescription sunglasses. Darwin expanded the business by opening Seattle Sunglass Company and by launching a leading website for fashion, sport and prescription eyewear.
A respected entrepreneur and doctor, Darwin was well-known in the Seattle business community. He was a golfer, skier, and an enthusiastic fan of all sports and games. A kind and generous spirit, Darwin was extremely passionate about his hobbies. He had a remarkable knowledge of pop culture and enjoyed sharing his love of music, travel and food with friends and family.
Darwin is survived by his grandmother Ah-Fu Chiou, his parents Dr. Paul B. Liao and Mei-Yea Liao of Seattle, his sisters Darlene Liao (Angelo Chang) of McLean, Virginia and Dahlia Mak (Robert) of Seattle, and a large, beloved family of uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, nephews and nieces.
On Saturday, December 21, 2013, a celebration of Darwin's life will be held at the McKay Chapel at Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. NE, Seattle, at 10:30 a.m. Memorials in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute #3479-3451, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2013