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John Holzheid Leversee M.D.

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John Holzheid LEVERSEE, MD January 4, 1927 ~ April 7, 2011 John (Jack) Leversee passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 7 2011. He is dearly missed by Joan, his wife of 56 years, by his daughter Susan (Tom) of Mill Valley, CA, son Bob (Heidi) of West Seattle and son David (Irina) of Mercer Island, and his grandchildren Ben and Sofia Miller, Maya Leversee and Saskia Leversee. Also by his extended family, Bob Winsor, Valerie Yockey, Mary Leversee and many nieces and nephews. Jack was born and raised in Minneapolis to John and Florence Leversee. After high school, he joined the navy V12 program at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, followed by medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed his internship at Harborview Hospital in Seattle in 1951. He was then called to military duty and served as a doctor in a MASH unit during the Korean War. Jack returned to the Seattle area, started his family medical practice in Bellevue and married Joan. He spent the next twenty years caring for his patients and raising his family. He was elected Chief of Staff in Overlake Hospital's early years. In 1974 Jack was invited to serve on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he taught for the next twenty-plus years. Jack was also a volunteer, traveling to Algeria to help with medical care in the newly-independent nation, giving his time to Planned Parenthood, and working at free medical clinics in the greater Seattle area. He served on the board of Facing The Future, and he greatly enjoyed his work with PATH on their review board for the last 10 years. He was a lifelong member, and president in 1995, of the King County Academy of Family Physicians. Jack was one of the first to take up the new sport of windsurfing, and competed in the national championships in 1973 and in the world championships in 1974.He was an avid skier, hiker, sailor, tennis player and swimmer. He was also a bread-baker, carver, a Haida-style basket maker, calligrapher, jewelry-maker, gardener, wooden jigsaw puzzle maker, carpenter and fixer of all things broken. Jack was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather, a quick wit to his friends and loved ones, and he truly cared for and supported anyone in need.He was a loyal friend and kept in touch through email with everyone near and far. A celebration of his life will be held at the East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd Street in Bellevue on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to Planned Parenthood, Facing the Future or any charitable organization of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 17, 2011
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