Herbert Mehlin Matthews, M.D.|
June 29, 1928 - June 6, 2013
Resident of Saratoga
On June 6, 2013, Dr. Herbert Mehlin Matthews peacefully passed away at home. He was a devoted husband, a proud father and was dedicated to his family, friends and a great many patients. He will be remembered for his intellect, integrity, wit and service to others.
Herb was born to Nadie Lee and Herbert C Matthews of Hiram, Ohio on June 29, 1928. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served his country aboard the USS Renville in the Pacific. Port visits in San Francisco made a lasting impression. Returning to Ohio after WWII, he graduated from Hiram College where he met his wife Dorothy. Herb earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1954. Following a June 8 wedding, they departed for San Francisco for one year of internship. That year extended to 59 years of a life well lived.
Herb completed his medical training as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He became Chief of Anesthesia at Valley Medical Center, training residents. The family, now complete with five children, moved to their present home in Saratoga in 1960. He was one of the founders of the Anesthesia Group which has served Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose since it opened in 1965. His ability and skill earned him much respect throughout his long career in Medicine.
Retirement permitted more hours for the life-long pleasure he derived from books, music, history, gardening, travels, following football and conquering crosswords daily. Herb's and Dorothy's many trips explored one country at a time, both in Europe and the Pacific. Herb's love of the sea fostered building a vacation home at The Sea Ranch, a very special place the family enjoyed for over 40 years. In more recent times, another idyllic spot at the very tip of Baja California was the lure in winter months.
Herb is survived by his loving wife Dorothy and his children: twin sons Dean (Patricia) and Mark (Vonnie); daughter Nadie Lee Matthews Koerber (Jim); son Scott; daughter Adrienne Gemberling (Ronald, MD) and four nieces and nephews. His sister, Nadie Lee Morris, preceded him in death.
Services were private. The family celebrated Herb's life and his would-be 85th birthday on Saturday, June 29th.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 4, 2013