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Mary Sisk Caulfield


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Mary Sisk Caulfield Obituary
Mary Sisk Caulfield, M.D. Mary Olive "Molly" Sisk Caulfield, M.D. of San Rafael, CA, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 at the age of 85, after enduring a long illness with grace and dignity. She was born October 27, 1932 in Providence, R.I. to James B. and Mary Diener Sisk. At the age of 2 years, she moved with her parents to Wyomissing and Wernersville, PA. After graduating from Wyomissing High School, she attended Pembroke College in Brown University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Told that "a woman should not take the place of a man in medical school", she enrolled at Cornell University where she received a Master's Degree in Biology. Deciding that medicine was her calling, she applied and was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for the class of 1961, (one of six women in the class of 125). There she met her true love and classmate, Walter Harry Caulfield, Jr. They were married June 18, 1959 at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia. Molly gave birth to their daughter Mary Helen during their senior year of medical school, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). She interned at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, where her second child, Walter Harry III, was born on the last day of her internship. As her husband, Harry, continued his medical training, Molly worked to support her growing family as a physician with the Spencer and King Orthopedic Group in Philadelphia, where her third child, James Sisk, was born. The family then moved to Bethesda, Maryland where she worked for the Department of Education. When Harry was assigned to the Army Medical Research Unit at Letterman General Hospital, the family moved to San Rafael, CA, and Molly worked in the Emergency Department at Letterman Hospital. When they decided to remain in California, Molly began work with The Permanente Medical Group on Fourth Street in San Rafael. With the birth of her son, Michael Timothy, her family was complete. She continued to work for TPMG in Terra Linda, where she practiced general medicine and orthopedic medicine. She retired from practice in 1996, which gave her the time and opportunity to restore her beloved family estate in Pennsylvania, where she had spent so much of her childhood. Throughout her life, even during her outstanding professional career, her first priority was always her family. Her greatest accomplishment was her children, Mary Helen Caulfield Boden, M.D. (Atlanta, GA), Walter Harry Caulfield, III, M.D. (Cramerton, NC), James Sisk Caulfield, J.D. (Camarillo, CA), and Michael Timothy Caulfield, M.D. (Los Altos, CA). She was proud that her children attended Wellesley College, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, UC San Diego, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Texas, Yale University, Santa Clara University School of Law School, Harvard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, University of Washington, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Molly was a devoted wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a loving grandmother with a wonderful sense of humor. She was the matriarch of her family who passed her strong traits and faith along to her children and grandchildren. She was unbelievably hard working, strong willed, and dedicated, such that she would not rest until a task was completed or a friend or family member was helped. She always loved and cared for animals, including farm animals as a child and dogs and cats as an adult. Molly contributed in many ways to her community, including successfully fighting to keep Terra Linda High School open, and re-landscaping the front of St. Isabella's Catholic Church. Molly was a true "Renaissance woman", as she was extremely talented in many areas. In addition to being a medical doctor, wife, and mother, she was also an artist, painting with oils and water color, especially landscapes; a carpenter/woodworker, building cabinets, tables, benches, and a working doll house replica of her childhood home; a plumber, designing and installing irrigation; a ham radio operator; a lover of mystery and espionage novels; and an avid gardener, personally landscaping her yards, and nurturing generations of African violets that had been passed to her by her grandmother. Interested in genealogy, she compiled and published a detailed history of every family relative dating back to the 18th century. She is survived by her loving husband, Harry, daughter Mary (Scott), sons Harry (Kathy), Jim, and Michael (Anna), thirteen grandchildren, and a sister, Jane E. Sisk of Seattle, WA. Funeral services were private. She was interred at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, R.I. Funeral Arrangements by J.F. Skeffington Funeral Home 925 Chalkstone Avenue Providence Rhode Island
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 27, 2018
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