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BISHOP, JOHN ARTHUR, M.D. June 21, 1918 to April 4, 2012 Dr. John A. Bishop, devoted father, grandfather, husband to Elva Ann Bishop (deceased), friend, pediatrician, child advocate, volunteer, and naturalist passed away peacefully at San Diego Hospice from natural causes on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Born June 21, 1918, in Dover, New Jersey, John led an adventurous and active life with his large and loving family and extensive network of friends and relatives. John spent his youth in Morgan Hill, California, and graduated from Live Oak Union Hill School in 1936. He pursued his undergraduate work in zoology and then completed medical school at Stanford University in 1945. That same year, John entered the United States Navy as Lieutenant, Junior Grade, and was on active duty from 1945 to 1947. He was a division medical officer on a destroyer with service on the West Coast, China, and Korea. His post graduate education included an internship at San Francisco City and County Hospital and then a residency as chief resident at Children's Hospital of the East Bay, Oakland, California. He completed his residency in 1951 and then moved to San Diego to begin his 35 years of private pediatric practice from 1951 to 1986. During these years, he provided personalized dedicated, and compassionate care for his patients and families. He would make house calls, meet families in the evenings to suture a wound, set a fracture, or deal with a high fever or other ailment. His own children often accompanied him and enjoyed these after hour house calls and office visits. He carried his list of call back phone numbers home every night for families that needed additional attention. In the early days before cell phones, his pockets were full of dimes so he could return phone calls to parents when out to dinner or at a function with family or friends. He accepted all patients without regard for payment and never allowed a child to go without care for economic reasons. John continued his humanitarian service after retirement as a child advocate and physician volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Center, downtown San Diego, and the San Diego County Health Department Clinic in Chula Vista. He logged more than 25 years of volunteering at these locations and received multiple awards over the years. His awards included "Volunteer of the Year 2000" by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, "Physician Citizen of the Year" by the San Diego County Medical Society in 1992, and "One of San Diego's Twelve Finest Citizens 1993" by the City Club of San Diego. From 1960 to 1962, John led the "Sabin on Sunday" polio immunization campaign which played a vital role in eliminating and reducing the incidence of polio in children in San Diego County in the early 1960s and beyond. He was also chairman of the "Rub Out Rubella" campaign in 1970 and served on the San Diego County Maternal, Adolescent, and Child Health Advisory Board from 1974 to 1993. John was also recognized for his expertise and interest in caring for children with cystic fibrosis. He was Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the San Diego Chapter of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from 1952 to 1970. He received the award for "Outstanding Service" from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1970. He was a founding member of the medical staff of Children's Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Grossmont Hospital, and UCSD Medical Center. He held numerous medical leadership positions at multiple hospitals in the community. At Children's Hospital those included Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, 1978-1981, Member Executive Medical Board, 1978-1983, Member Board of Trustees, 1980 to 1983, and President of the Medical Staff, 1982-1983. John was also President of the San Diego County Medical Society in 1972 and was active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the California Medical Association. John's extracurricular activities included travel, trailer boating, shell collecting, free diving, and natural history. In 1937-38, he traveled around the world by steam liner ship with his grandfather, a retired physician. They visited Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Java, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ceylon, India, and Europe. Trailer boating and exploring Baja California and the Sea of Cortez was one of John's favorite activities with family and friends alike. John was interested in his family ancestry in Hawaii and enjoyed many amazing diving and fishing trips to the Islands. He was an incredible naturalist with knowledge of an amazing number of fish, seashell, bird, and plant species. He had an unrelenting love of the ocean and was an avid shell collector and expert in this field. He was a member of the San Diego Shell Club and published several articles in their scientific journal, "The Festivus." John was especially proud of his ability to search out and photograph reptiles and amphibians. He participated in the publication of a book with a close friend entitled, "Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California." His interest and expertise in photography was portrayed in this book as well as by many of the photos he shared with family and friends. John's other travels and adventures took him to places like Costa Rica, Christmas Island, Tahiti, the Colorado River, Lake Powell, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Oregon, Alaska, and many other beautiful destinations. He also enjoyed exploring the backcountry and deserts of San Diego County. Quail and duck hunting trips locally and to Baja were exceptional fun and he was known for his endurance in exploring the outdoor ecosystems. John is survived by his four loving children, Ann Donovan, Dennis Bishop, Nancy Sumerel, and Jim Bishop. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His loving and devoted wife, Elva Ann Bishop, and his eldest son, J. Patrick Bishop, preceded him in death. John and Elva were active members of the First Unitarian Church of San Diego. John exemplified great character, dedication and ethics. He led by example and truly strived to make the world a better place. John's devotion to family, relatives, friends and colleagues was consistent and reliable. His kindness, gentle smile, passion for life and generosity will be remembered by all. A memorial service and Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, 92103. Thanks are extended to the many families, friends, relatives, neighbors, patients, and professional colleagues that interacted with John during his robust journey in life. In addition, the family would like to recognize the caring and kind doctors, nurses, and staff at Sharp Memorial Hospital and San Diego Hospice. If desired, you can remember John with a donation to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 or Rady Children's Hospital Foundation, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 15, 2012
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