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Frederick Bruce Kimball M.D.

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Frederick Bruce Kimball M.D. Obituary
Kimball, Frederick Bruce, M.D. SAN DIEGO -- Bruce Kimball passed away on March 4, 2014, at the age of 95. Bruce had a remarkable zest for life and was always willing to try new things. In spite of his many accomplishments, he was modest to a fault, and was genuinely interested in those around him, especially children. Bruce loved his wife Muriel and their extended family. He had many pursuits, including skiing, world travel, dancing, wood working, and video making. Perhaps nothing sums up his outlook on life more than his record of skiing with his buddies at Mammoth Mountain until the age of 89. One of his friends recently recounted his experience of looking over the edge of a steep ski run, when a voice behind him said, "Are you going to stand there all day?" That was Bruce. Bruce grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from high school in 1933. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1942 at the tender age of 23. After an orthopedic residency in San Francisco, he established his first practice in Port Huron. He and his family moved to San Diego where he joined the Rees-Stealy clinic in 1950. Early in his career, Bruce performed the first total hip replacement surgery in San Diego, as well as the first surgery at the Rady Children's Hospital. He was recognized by the community of doctors in San Diego when he was named Chief of Staff at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla. Bruce was proud to serve his country and enlisted in the Army Medical Corps in 1954 for two years because he had been exempted from service in World War II. Bruce is survived by his wife Muriel, his son Ralph, and a close family of step children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Donations may be sent in Bruce's memory to the Rady Children's Hospital, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego 92123- 4282.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 16, 2014
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