Dr. William H. Todd

Dr. William H. Todd

Dr. William H. Todd, aged 93, died at his Long Beach home on Feb. 5, 2014, from cervical spinal cord compression. He was born in Murphysboro, Illinois, on Oct. 13, 1920. He attended Illinois public schools and the University of Illinois, Champaign, on a competitive scholarship. He was active in Phi Kappa Alpha for three years. In 1941, he entered the University of Illinois Medical School, Chicago. While in medical school, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving as a medical student and was placed on active duty until he graduated in Dec. 1944. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, from 1944-1949.

He fell in love with and married Marie Hardwig on Oct. 25, 1947. After completing his residency, they moved to Long Beach, CA, where he began his private practice, joining the staff of Seaside Hospital. He was a fellow in the American College of Physicians and a specialist in Internal Medicine. He was a volunteer physician in LA Hospital System, Torrance. He was appointed a clinical professorship in Internal Medicine at the newly forming UCLA Medical School, 1950-1969, and later at the newly forming UCI Medical School.

During the Korean War, Dr. Todd was recalled to active duty, serving at San Diego Naval Hospital as an internist. He later served in the USMC overseas in the Pacific Theater. Discharged in 1954, he resumed his professional activities in LB. Gov. Reagan appointed him to the California State Board of Health. He was LA County Commissioner for the Dept. of Health Services (13 years); a member of LA-LB Comprehensive Health Center Advisory Committee; and a member of LA Advisory Committee Lakewood Country Club (18 years). Dr. Todd was also an active member of the AMA and CMA He was President of the CA Society of Internal Medicine; President of the LB Heart Assn; and Chief of Medicine at LB Memorial Hospital. He co-developed of the Columbia-Hartley Medical Complex, COPIC and Circle City.

Dr. Todd loved his family and enjoyed touring the country with them. After his retirement, his interest in history and archaeology led to world travel with Marie. Some of his happiest memories included his experiences as a bus driver guide in Glacier National Park, his Colorado rafting trip, and his Cook County internship and residency. In later years, his six grandchildren became his major delight. His hobbies included golf, photography and gardening. As chairman of Virginia CC's arbor committee, he directed the planting of 280 trees. Similarly, as chairman of the LA County Dept. of Recreation's Advisory Committee, he directed the planting of 250 trees at Lakewood CC.

Like his father and brother, Dr. Todd thought it was important for professionals to be community-minded. Believing he was not gifted with any unusual talent, he thought education and participation in many activities would lead to a meaningful life.

Dr. Todd is survived by his children, Patti Bostard, Barbara Albright (Dr. Ron), Bill Todd (Donna), and Chris Knippa (Dr. John); his grandchildren, Luke Albright (Joanna), Heather Albright, Chelsea Albright, Ryan Todd, Kira Knippa, and Sara Knippa; and his great-granddaughter Charlotte Albright; his nephews Doug Todd (Nancy) and Todd Dunning, and his niece Jacque Bordenaro; and his very special friend Norma Fast. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 59 years Marie (2006), his brother Dr. Malcolm Todd (2000) and his sister Jean Dunning (2011).

Memorial services will be held on March 15, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Atlantic Ave. & 7th St., 90801). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be donated to the Todd Cancer Institute at LB Memorial Hospital or the LB Kiwanis Club (320 Pine Ave. #1000, 90802 ), or St. Luke's Episcopal Church.t www.presstelegram.com/obits.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Feb. 14 to Mar. 9, 2014