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Price, Dr. Halford Reid
On October 28th, 2015, Dr Halford Reid Price quietly slipped away due to complications from chronic heart disease. The characteristic that really sums up Hal - the thread that ran throughout all his life - was the fact that he absolutely LOVED people. He never knew a stranger, and could make a new friend absolutely anywhere - at the car wash, on the tee box at the golf course and most importantly at his medical practice. You see Dr Price was one of those lucky people who recognized his calling early in life, declaring at age five that he wanted to be a doctor. This might have seemed farfetched considering his humble beginnings. Born on December 23, 1926, he was the son of a coal miner and a school teacher - Frank and Nina Michaels Price - in the mining town of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. But Reid - as he was then called - was determined and never gave up once he set a goal. After serving as a medic in World War II, he left PA to study at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California. It was there that he spotted a pretty red head his very first day on campus and declared to his roommate: "I'm going to marry Virginia Baker", which he did four years later on August 3rd, 1952. She was not only the love of his life, supporting him through his medical training at The College of Medical Evangelism (as Loma Linda was called then), but was his life partner and friend for over 63 years. Dr Price maintained a lively family practice in South Phoenix for over 44 years, retiring at age 74. This was back in the day when doctors made house calls, delivered their own babies and manned the ER after hours. He was quite devoted to his patients and was known for his excellent and efficient skills of diagnosing and treating patients. His staff was always top notch and loyal, and many were with him for over 20 years. In addition to the practice of medicine, one of Hal's proudest accomplishments was starting a publishing company - The SDA Missionary Foundation - which focused on printing and distributing inspirational books. The work was carried out for over 40 years, with 40 million books in five languages distributed worldwide. Hal had a real zest for life and had many varied interests, including a passion for flying. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a jet airplane in 1992. After 30 years of flying he retired his wings in 2010, and donated his Sabre 60 jet to Wings of Hope - a non-denominational International organization that is strictly humanitarian. The plane is being used today in the Sudan to carry out medical transport. He also enjoyed history & politics and loved a good discussion. Other interests were racquetball, road trips in his beloved Escalade and last but not least golf. Hal is survived by his wife Virginia as well as his oldest daughter, Dr Ginger Price, his grandson, Reid Michael Price, his son in law Russ Price, his younger daughter, Carol Price, his grandson Colton Kreiling and granddaughter Lacy Kreiling. He will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. Private services have been planned. The family requests that gifts in honor of Dr. Price be made to Loma Linda University for the Deferred Mission Appointment Program: Office of Philanthropy Loma Linda University; PO Box 2000; Loma Linda, CA 92354 https://advancement.lluhealth.org/sm


Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2015
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