Eric Ostrom(1923 - 2014)

OCT 14, 1923 - APR 22, 2014
Eric J. Ostrom, MD, Age 90 years, died on April 22, 2014 of complications caused by Alzheimer's Disease. He died at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA. Dr. Ostrom was born October 14, 1923 in Seattle, Washington to Charles and Dorothy Ostrom. He practiced internal medicine for 53 years in Modesto with an office on College Avenue and was one of the original founding doctors of Doctor's Medical Center, Modesto, California. Eric became interested in medicine while serving in the U.S. Navy January 11,1943 - October 27,1945 as an Apprentice Seaman V-12 USNR. An internist is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, or the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Internists specifically see adult patients, serving as primary care physicians. They are trained to understand multiple diseases and conditions that may affect a person, including how they are related or interact.They also focus on disease prevention and management, including women's health, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and common health problems.
Eric loved medicine and his patients. He was grieved when it became necessary for him to retire and he missed working as long as he lived. He was loved by his patients and was a compassionate physician who "took the time" to listen. On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Eric passed into the arms of "The Great Physician" with whom he was already well acquainted. Even in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's/Dementia, he was frequently heard praying and praising his Lord. After medicine, he loved fishing, then fishing, and then fishing. Eric was married to Deanna, his wife of 36 years. He had a daughter, Kelly, stepdaughter, Rhonda Vierra, and stepson. Perry Evans. He is survived by two granddaughters, Natalie and Cassady Vierra, and one great grandson. Trace Matthew Starns. The family is grateful for the care and treatment received by Sivorn Suon, Eric's devoted caregiver. He was cared for with love and respect as well as humor. 
Eric attended and Graduated Ballard High School, Seattle Washington
Graduated B.S. Degree 3/21/1947, University of Washington, Seattle Washington
Graduated M.D. Degree 6/12/1951, University of Rochester, School of Medicine, Rochester, New York 
Interned in Medicine 1951-1952, George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Assist Resident in Medicine 1952-1953, St Louis City Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease 1953-1954, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama. One of his most enjoyable memories was being able to train as a Fellow in Cardiology with a physician named Tinsley Harrison who wrote the book—Principles of Internal Medicine, to be exact, considered by some to be the Bible of internal medicine. One of his first paying jobs was to proofread Tinsley's tome. 
Chief Resident of Medicine 1954-1955, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, Diplomat National Board of Medical Examiners 1952
Member American Board of Internal Medicine 1960
Member of California Society of Internal Medicine 1958-1991
Fellow of American Geriatrics Society 1968
Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians 1969-1991
Associate of American College of Physicians
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine 1972-1978, U.C. Davis School of Medicine. He taught students 1972-1978 One Day per week.
President of County Comprehensive Health Planning Council 1973-1974
Charter President of Valley IPA 1983-1986
Practice of Internal Medicine 1955-1991
Chief of Staff, Doctor's Medical Center
Medical Director National Health Plans 1991-2002
Consultant for County Health Program 2002-2004
Board of Directors
Services will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe Avenue, Hughson.  Visitation is Monday, April 28th, from 4-8PM. Chapel Service is Tuesday, April 29th, at 11AM.  A Reception will follow the Services.


Funeral Home

Lakewood Memorial Park
900 Santa Fe Ave Hughson, CA 95326
(209) 883-4465

Published in the Modesto Bee from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014