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James Hansen

James Reilly Hansen, M.D. June 19, 1924 - May 8, 2013 Resident of Burlingame Jim Hansen passed away peacefully on May 8th, 2013 surrounded by his wife of nearly 40 years, Gayle and his four children. Jim was born to Samuel and Marguerite Hansen on June 19th, 1924 in Lockeford, California. The family moved to Berkeley, where Jim graduated in 1942 from Berkeley High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. He served two years as a B-17 Instructor Pilot. Upon completion of service duty, he attended UC Berkeley for one year prior to transferring to Stanford University. In 1948, he received BA Degree, followed in 1952 with his Doctor of Medicine Degree. Jim served his residency at Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA. He began his career in private practice as a General Surgeon with Dr.s George Laird and Eldred Barnes. Jim maintained surgical privileges at both Peninsula Medical Center and Mills Memorial Hospitals. In addition, he was indeed proud to volunteer as a surgeon aboard the Hospital ship USS Hope, treating people in need in Peru. During his 41 year career, Jim served as President of the San Mateo County Medical Society, Chief of Staff at Peninsula Hospital and was a member of the S.F. Surgical Society. Jim was active in many sports: golf, skiing, snow-shoeing, fishing, sailing and tennis. As an avid golf player, Jim's membership in the California Golf Club was very special, forming many lasting friendships. Occasionally, Jim enjoyed a game of dominos, poker or bridge. Jim cheered-on his local favorite teams, The San Francisco 49'ers and the San Francisco Giants! He had appreciation for the Pastors and friends within the First Presbyterian Church. Jim loved life! Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Samuel Hansen and sister, Yvonne Young. Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Gayle, his four children, Patrice Hansen-Fracchia, Steve Hansen, Kimberley Hudson (Russell), Kirk Hansen, step-daughters Lisa Baca (Hugh), Lauren Scherer (John), his two granddaughters, Kelley Fracchia, Laura Fracchia and step-grandson Michael Baca. A memorial service will be held in honor of Jim's life on Saturday, May 18th at 11:30am, The First Presbyterian Church, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to either First Presbyterian Church, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame or the Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation, 1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, California 94010, in memory of James Reilly Hansen, M.D.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 15, 2013
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