CULP, Col. Neil Walker, M.D.
On July 7, 2013 we lost a hero; a hero to his family, his friends, his patients and our country. Dr. Neil Culp died peacefully with his family around him at his home in Sacramento, California.
Neil was born on March 30, 1933 in Chelsea, OK to Charles Alden and Julia Walker Culp. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Peggy, whom he married in 1959. They celebrated 52 years of marriage and together raised their four children. He is survived by his sister Judy and brother-in-law Robert James and his sisters-in-law Glenda and Joan Bolin, his loving children Lisa (Beth), Stacia, (Peter) David, (Liz), Christopher, (Ellen), and grandchildren, David, Abe, Taylor, Katrina, Ryan and Lauren.
Neil graduated from medical school in 1959 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Following his Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in New York he went to study under Bill Crosby, one of the 'Fathers of Hematology', at Walter Reed Hospital. Neil actively served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1972 heading up a medical unit in Vietnam. Neil was invited to Sacramento in 1972 and became one of the founding doctors of the Sacramento Center for Hematology and Medical Oncology. He enjoyed a full and successful medical career and was an active member of the Sacramento medical community. Neil will be remembered by his patients and their families for treating them with unwavering kindness and compassion.
Neil and Peg spent their retirement traveling the world with their dear friends. In recent years they enjoyed trips with their children and grandchildren creating unforgettable memories including times together at the family cabin in Tahoe. Neil was a true Renaissance man, with a deep quiet faith, a love for the science of medicine and the art of life. His abiding love inspired his family and all whose lives he touched.
Friends are invited to join the family for a funeral mass on July 16 at 1:00 pm at St. Ignatius Church, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento and a reception following at Arden Hills Country Club.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Women's Empowerment, The Society for the Blind or The ALS Association.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 13, 2013