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Joel Denton Hollingshead Obituary
Joel Denton Hollingshead

July 10, 1941-
March 21, 2014

Joel Hollingshead died at home Friday, March 21, 2014. Born in Piqua Ohio, to Mary Ellen and Frederick Hollingshead, he was the oldest of three sons. He attended Brookville High School and then Manchester College in Indiana. He attended medical school at Ohio State University where he met and married Judy Robbins, September 5, 1965. Joel was awarded a Smith Kline and French Fellowship that sent Joel and Judy for 10 weeks to work at the regional hospital and leprosarium in Garkida, Nigeria. In 1966, Joel and Judy moved to Los Angeles where Joel began his residency in general and vascular surgery at University of Southern California's Los Angeles County Hospital. Upon completion, he served two years as a military surgeon at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He and his family then moved to Rancho Santa Fe where he began his private practice at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA. In 1974, he moved his practice to San Pedro Hospital. He later joined forces with 7 other surgeons to form the Association of South Bay Surgeons serving other hospitals the area. In addition to his private practice, Joel enjoyed donating his time as a teacher physician at the Los Angeles County Hospital and abroad operating at regional hospitals in Ayacucho, Peru, Managua, Nicaragua, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, and Ethiopia as a member of Doctors without Borders. Joel and Judy have lived in Rolling Hills for 40 years where they raised their four children: Robyn Hollingshead, Todd Hollingshead (Jill), Christopher Hollingshead (Cheryl), and Matthew Hollingshead (Annette). He was always devoted to his family, nurturing and guiding his children and grandchildren, Marley, Zoe, Parker, and Sloane. His presence and legacy will not be forgotten. In addition to his wife, Judy, their children, and grandchildren, Joel is survived by his brother, David Hollingshead (Melanie), of El Sobrante, CA. His brother, Bernard, predeceased him. A memorial service will be held at the Neighborhood Church, in Palos Verdes Estates, Thursday, April 24 at 11am followed by a celebration of life at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 27, 2014
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