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Dr. Reinhold A. Ullrich, MD

Loving Father, Grandfather,
Caring and Revered Physician

Dr. Reinhold A. Ullrich, MD passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Thursday, October 04, 2012 in the comfort of his home in Rolling Hills, CA. Born in Massachusetts on June 4, 1927, Reinhold lived a full and exciting life, excelling in everything he attempted. He graduated high school in Pittsfield, MA one semester early to join the U.S. Army during WW II in defense of the country he dearly loved. After the war, Reinhold attended Harvard University in an accelerated program, graduated in three years and went on to medical school in Buffalo, NY. There he met Nora, a sweet nursing student, who became his loving wife of almost 55 years. After their marriage on June 6, 1953, Reinhold and Nora honeymooned by driving across the U.S. and visiting every national park they could. They arrived at Los Angeles Harbor General Hospital, where Reinhold completed his medical residency. The young couple then moved to Torrance, CA, where Reinhold partnered with Dr. Lon Monk, MD at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Together they opened what would become one of the largest, most successful and respected OB/GYN medical practices in Los Angeles County. Reinhold dearly loved his patients and continued his practice until the final months of his life. During that 59-year career, Dr Ullrich was the Los Angeles County Medical Association President from 1988-1989, delivering more than 8,000 babies and touched thousands of lives. He was revered greatly by his patients for his sincere, gentle and caring nature, often delivering the children of patients over multiple generations: "My mom said you were wonderful when you delivered me, so I wanted you to deliver my baby as well," was a common statement in the latter years of Dr Ullrich's career. An avid outdoorsman and endurance athlete, Reinhold never stopped experiencing the beauty and challenges of nature, often on foot. He conquered the highest peaks of every continent, except when inclement weather stole the peak of Everest from his grasp at the age of 68. He completed marathons in every state of the U.S., every continent, including Antarctica, and most major cities throughout the world. He jogged around the North Pole, completed the Western States 100-miler twice and the grueling Baffin Island Marathon three times. As a lover of sports, he took family members on wonderful outdoor adventures in the Sierras, to Mammoth Mountain, Heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies, track and field events of every Olympics for the last three decades and river rafting throughout the western states. In addition, he was a great lover of the arts and honored the Christian spirit of philanthropy. Many charities, art venues and universities are thankful for his generosity. However, in the eyes of us, his loving family, his greatest accomplishment will always be the vast mountains of love, marathons of adventure and deep passion for life he generated in the hearts of everyone he touched. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Nora, and brother, Rolf. He is survived by his six children, Richard, Linda, Robert, Lory, Leslie, and Rand, their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. A memorial service will held at 11:00am on Saturday, October 20, at Ascension Lutheran Church on Silver Spur Road in Rancho Palos Verdes, where he was a member for more than 50 years. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or the . Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 14, 2012
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