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William D. Misbach


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
William D. Misbach Obituary
Misbach, William D. CARLSBAD -- William Durward Misbach was born in Rochester, Minnesota May 10, 1922 and at age 91 passed away February 21, 2014 after many months struggle with leukemia. He was raised as the youngest of five children in Fairmont, Minnesota where in high school he excelled on football, basketball, and track teams. Fifty years later when Fairmont High School started a Sports Hall of Fame he was selected as one of the original inductees. After entering the University of Minnesota in 1940 he played on the Freshman football team in a year when the Varsity Team won the NCAA National Championship. Pre-med studies and then University of Minnesota Medical School occupied his efforts in an accelerated program during World War II. After Internship at Memorial Hospital at Northwestern University in Chicago, he served two years in the U.S. Navy which included duty as the ship doctor on the U.S.S. Coral Sea Aircraft Carrier. On December 29, 1945 he married Virginia May Davis of Minneapolis, Minnesota which began 68 years of married life together. After his service in the Navy and after five years in General Practice Medicine in his home town of Fairmont, he and Virginia headed west in 1954 where he completed Pediatric Residency at UCLA. While living in Sherman Oaks and then Tarzana, California, he had a busy and highly respected private practice of Pediatrics in Encino, California and taught residents at UCLA until retiring in 1987. During this time he also served as President of Los Angeles Pediatric Society, President of Southwest Pediatric Society, and Co-Chair of California Academy of Pediatrics. William (Bill) and Virginia (Ginny) raised four children, Gregory Allen Misbach, Anita Ellen Misbach Soule, Gary William Misbach, and Brian Richard Misbach. They provided their children many opportunities to experience the joys of the great outdoors including alpine skiing, camping and backpacking, golf, and trips to Southern California beaches. While Bill's last downhill skiing was at age 83, he enjoyed golf many more years, matching or beating his age on the course multiple times in his 70s and 80s. Bill and Ginny continued their bridge parties and dance lessons for many more years. Following retirement they lived in Del Mar from 1987 until 2008 when they moved to La Costa Glen in Carlsbad which became the final resting place for Bill after a very full life that included many lasting friendships. In his professional life and his personal life he was respected for his intelligence, integrity, diligence, and candor. He will be missed not only by his wife and four children, but also by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and by many others whose lives he touched as a physician, as a teacher, as a role model, and as a friend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scripps Hspice.
Published in U-T San Diego on Mar. 2, 2014
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