Dr. Thomas "Tom" Elias passed away on August 20, 2012, at his home in La Jolla after a long illness. He was born June 22, 1919, in Frostburg, Maryland, to Pearl (Cook) and Thomas Elias.
Tom completed his premedical studies at Western Maryland College and received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After internship at the University of Maryland, he served as a physician in the U.S. Navy
, and then returned to the Lahey Clinic in Boston to complete his postgraduate training. He again served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War
. He practiced internal medicine for 10 years in Manhattan.
In 1965 he moved to La Jolla and was a medical staff member at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for 35 years, serving as Chief of Staff 1975-76. He was an active member of the La Jolla Academy of Medicine. His private office was a fixture in downtown La Jolla on Herschel Avenue.
Tom was devoted to his family and he loved the city of La Jolla. He was the beloved husband of Rosalie for 53 years, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Thomas Glenn Jr. and Darlene Joan; and his grandchildren, Rosemarie and Grant.
A memorial service will be held at the Immaculata Parish Church, USD Campus, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 11am.