Leslie Mackoff, M.D.|
Leslie Mackoff died on January 24, 2014 after a long, happy and meaningful life. Les was born in Spokane WA in 1925. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and briefly attended WSU before serving in the U.S. Army in the European and Pacific theaters from 1943-1946. He later graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in zoology before enrolling in the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his internship in pediatrics at UC San Francisco General and his residency at Children's Hospital in Seattle. In 1956 Les was appointed instructor in pediatrics at UW and did early research on phenylketonuria. After two years, Les decided to leave academia and entered private practice initially with Dr. Charles Kaplan and later with his classmate Gordon Pyne. Dr. Pyne and Les joined other pediatricians at Sand Point Pediatrics. Les was appointed as a clinical professor of pediatrics at UW and spent many hours with residents and students at Children's. Les loved being a pediatrician and particularly enjoyed running into former patients and meeting their families. He was known for his compassion and supported many charities.
Les was married and devoted to Laura Mackoff for 55 years until her death in 2005. He is survived by his daughters Julie Mackoff, (John Bennett) Polly Amkraut (Robert) and son, Joshua Mackoff (Cindy McCollum.) Les was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Amy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren whom he deeply loved and who respected and adored him in return.
Les loved and was a long time season ticket holder to Husky football and basketball as well as the Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Repertory Theater and the Bathhouse Theater. Every summer his family looked forward to our annual trip to Ashland, OR for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was an avid skier, fisherman, sailor and bridge player. Les and Laura had many close friends who raised their families in a network of shared outings, events and mutual support. We will miss him greatly and honor his memory.
Funeral services at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle, WA on January 26, at 3:00 p.m.
Donations in memory of Les can be made to Camp Solomon Schechter, 117 E. Louisa #110 Seattle, Washington 98102.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2014