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Willis Fong

Willis Fong, M.D.

Willis Fong, MD, was a kind, gentle man with enormous integrity. He passed away on March 1, 2013 in the company of his loving wife Josephine and loving daughters. Willis was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended the University of Hawaii and then Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned his medical degree.

During the second World War Willis received his commission with the US Army and served as a physician with the US Army Medical Corps in Nanking, China (presently known as Nanjing), where he cared for sick GIs. During his service in China, Willis also had the distinction of providing medical care to General Chiang Kai Shek.

At the end of the War, Willis was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain and returned to Temple University for three years of pediatric training, two of which were at Temple University Hospital, the third and last at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. After completing his pediatric residency Willis joined Group Health Hospital in Seattle in 1953, practicing at various clinics, downtown, Bellevue and Capitol Hill. He finally settled at the Northgate clinic where he practiced for almost 30-years before his retirement in 1998 after more than 40-years and generations of patients with Group Health.

Willis was also an assistant clinical professor with the University of Washington, teaching last year medical students. Willis was a quiet man with a keen sense of humor. He loved sports and his Huskies. He also loved ballroom dancing and music - he played the piano and, in addition to his football season tickets, held the same for the Seattle Opera and Symphony. He and Josephine introduced their children to a love of travel and later spent their retirement traveling the world to Europe, South America, Tahiti, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. He is survived by his beloved wife, Josephine, for whom he was the love of her life; daughter Patty; daughter Tina and her longtime companion, Steve; daughter Pamela and her husband, Tim; and son, Jeffrey; former daughter in law, Amy; as well as two grandchildren, Katie and Francis. Private funeral services were held at Lakeview Cemetery March 8, 2013.

Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 7, 2013
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