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Dr. Robert (Bob) Harold Wright, Jr., 79, of Yuba City, CA, passed away March 20, 2014. Bob was born September 12, 1934 in Berkeley, CA to his parents Robert and Henrietta Wright. In his youth he was a member of the Boy Scouts, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the University of California Berkeley and received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College in Winston- Salem, NC. He then joined the Army and completed a residency in urology at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He spent 12 years in the Medical Corps on active duty, achieving the rank of Colonel. He continued in the Army Reserve and upon retirement received the Legion of Merit Award. In 1972 he joined the Marysville Medical Clinic and was instrumental in its becoming part of Sutter Health and forming the Sutter North Medical Group, which has grown to over 100 physicians. He served the organization for many years as its President and CEO and also held position of CMO of Eastern Region Sutter Health.
Bob was a dedicated doctor whose passion was caring for his patients. His other interests included sailing, golfing, good wine, and preparing gourmet food. Bob was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and the community.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Kathryn Benstock and husband Scott, of Sebastopol, CA; Leslie Wright and life partner Jennifer Ellis, of Denver, CO; Lyn Van Tighem and husband Brad, of Petaluma, CA; grandchildren Jessie and Brendan Benstock and Jason and Aaron Van Tighem; ex-wife Pat Wright of Yuba City; ex-wife Racquel Wright of Yuba City; fiancÃ© Roberta June Kalfsbeek of Live Oak, CA, and her children Samantha and Oscar.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents Henrietta and Robert Wright Sr. and stepson Brent Benbow.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Wright's memory to Sutter North Medical Foundation or Operation Warm Heart.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel (530) 673-9542.
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Ullrey Memorial Chapel Inc.
817 Almond Street Yuba City, CA 95991
Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29, 2014