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John William Ensinck

John Ensinck died Sunday, May 20, 2012 of complications of Parkinson's Disease at the age of 81. Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Ensinck received his undergraduate and medical degrees from McGill University. After residency, he completed fellowships at Rockefeller University and the University of Washington. He joined the UW faculty of Medicine in 1961 and became Professor of Medicine in 1973.

In 1970 he became director of the UW Clinical Research Center, having earlier been instrumental in establishing policies for including and protecting human subjects in research and teaching.

A prolific investigator, he published over a 100 papers, related to diabetes, insulin and calcium metabolism. He cared for patients at UW, Harborview, VA and Providence Hospitals and was an enthusiastic teacher and successful mentor for research fellows.

Dr. Ensinck was a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American College of Physicians.

At his retirement the Annual Ensinck Lecture was established to honor his many contributions to the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Together with his wife, the late Cathy Ensinck, John was active in the Friends of the School of Medicine, which establishes scholarships for medical students.

John loved the outdoors; he was an avid skier and hiker, an enthusiastic golfer and competitive squash player. He and Cathy spent many summers boating and exploring the waters of the Pacific North West in their motor vessel "Aquila".

We remember him as a wonderful man, kind and upbeat. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.

He is survived by his son, John W. Ensinck jr.

Memorial plans will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Friends of the University of Washington School of Medicine or to would be greatly appreciated.

Friends of the UW School of Medicine, Box 358045, Seattle WA 98195.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 3, 2012
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