Douglas LeVern Wake, MD, was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 12, 1917, son of Lewis and Mary Alice (Pratt) Wake. Due to frequent moves, Doug was home schooled until third grade when the family moved to southeast Michigan. He graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1935, an excellent student. Subsequently he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Literature, Science and Arts with an AB in science in 1939 and from the Medical School with an MD in 1942. He was inducted into the AOA medical honorary society as a junior. He took his internship and residency in pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., finishing up his training in 1944. Douglas was listed in Who's Who in America at age 24. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1949. Dr. Wake had a relatively brief (January 1945-November 1946), but memorable, service in the United States Army Medical Corps during World War II. He volunteered for radiation hazard work, and followed the atomic bomb from Los Alamos, New Mexico, to Bikini Atoll in the Marianna Islands to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain. After mustering out of the Army, Douglas set up a private practice in pediatrics on South Washington in Royal Oak where he practiced for 37 years until he retired in 1983. Doug had a number of hobbies, including bowling and Alpine skiing. He was a prolific amateur horticulturist, raising hundreds of orchids at his homes in Royal Oak and Pompano Beach, Fla. He was an avid yachtsman, winning hundreds of trophies during the several decades he raced sailboats. He raced in 39 Bayview-Mackinaw races and 25 Chicago-Macs, achieving "Old Goat" status in both. He was a member of Bayview Yacht Club for 60 years. Douglas had a lifelong interest in building, working his way through college and medical school as a carpenter and remodeling several homes during his working life or in retirement. Doug married Margaret Jane Bryant on August 18, 1940. She died on January 26, 2012. He is survived by their four children, Brian (Joan), Patti (James) Townsend, Mary Ann (George) Uznis and Lewis (Marie). He also leaves his brother, John Hextel LeRoy (Shirley), nine grandchildren, one step-grandchild and fifteen great-grandchildren. Dr. Wake lived a long and productive life, dying on October 18, 2012 at age 95, of complications from a fall. There will be a memorial gathering for Doug and Maggie at Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, on November 10 from 1-3 p.m. for those who have a story or tale to share. His ashes will be divided into three portions, one to be scattered on Lake Saint Clair, another on Lake Medora in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan, and the third to be buried with Margaret at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eagle Harbor, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailing, Inc., 100 Clairpointe, Detroit, MI 48215. Lippert-Olson Funeral Home is serving the family. www.lippertfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daily Tribune on Oct. 28, 2012