Dr. Richard Edward Lieurance
August 9, 1922 - June 29, 2013
Resident of Alameda
Dr. Richard Edward Lieurance, an Ophthalmologist, died at Alameda Hospital of heart failure on June 28, 2013. He was 90 years old. Dr. Lieurance lived a fabulous life! He was born in Lusk, Wyoming in 1922. He attended Tulane
Medical School after Texas Tech, and joined the Navy as an officer while still in medical school during WWII
. He served as a Flight Surgeon with Airgroup17 and spent time on the USS Kearsarge, the Coral Sea, Roosevelt and the Midway. In 1960, he was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital and was also one of the youngest captains in the U.S. Navy
. One of his favorite patients was Admiral Nimitz. He retired from the Navy in 1964 and went into private practice on Oakland's "Pill Hill." He operated at Peralta Hospital, Summit, Providence and many others. His patients adored him. He performed the first corneal transplants in the Bay Area in 1966. He stayed in private practice until he was almost 80 years old!
Dr. Lieurance was also a great athlete. He was the singles tennis champion of the Navy in 1953 and won the Sequoyah Country Club senior golf championship 3 times. He is survived by his four children Cheryl Rawson and Colette Newell of Orem, Utah, Daryl Allen of San Diego, and Richard Lieurance MD of Salem, Oregon-also an ophthalmologist, his 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, stepchildren, as well as his wife, Daniela from Alameda, California.
Please honor Dr. Lieurance with your presence at the Funeral Services.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Visitation on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the Funeral Service on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. all at Greer Family Mortuary, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda, immediately followed by the burial at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon.