Virginia K. Proud
Virginia Beach - Virginia K. Proud "Ginny", 68, passed away on Monday July 15, 2013 in the company of her family after a brave fight with multiple myeloma. Ginny was born in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Virginia Beach in 1996 with her husband Ken to be near the ocean. She had an extremely busy and prolific career as a physician, and worked as a Clinical Geneticist at The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. She showed amazing determination, drive, intellect, and compassion in the care of all of her patients. She could examine a baby without making them cry, showed untiring scientific curiosity and love of learning, was a skilled and gifted teacher, and has been a mentor to many women in medicine. At home she found great joy in roller blading along the Virginia Beach boardwalk, which she did even up until two months ago. She also spent many hours outdoors with her husband Ken riding bikes, hiking along the beach with her adopted geriatric Irish setters, and had just acquired a sea kayak which she did not have a chance to test drive before her passing. She was a beacon of energy and strength for her family, and is survived by her husband Ken, her daughter Laura and her husband Philip, her son Mark and his wife Crystal, and her grandson Huntley. She will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for research into multiple myeloma. An informal memorial gathering will be held at the amphitheater on the bay side at First Landing State Park on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach at 7 p.m. on Friday July 19. Any thoughts on Ginny's life and legacy will be welcome to be shared at that time.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 18, 2013