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Stanley Hegg

Stanley Irving Hegg, MD

age 68, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, in a tragic accident while skiing in British Columbia. Born in Seattle, Washington to Irene and Sterling Hegg, he grew up in Washington and Idaho. He graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from Yale in 1966 and earned his MD in 1972 from Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. Stan received his surgical training at Stanford University before beginning private practice in the Bay Area. Stan was initially drawn to plastic surgery by the Stanford program Interplast, now named ReSurge International, that provides free reconstructive surgeries in developing countries. Stan performed hundreds of cleft lip and palate repair surgeries for impoverished children in Latin America and the South Pacific.


Stan was a talented surgeon and so much more. He will be remembered for his incredible intellect, gentle kindness, generosity, self-deprecating humor, infectious smile, his love of the arts, books, cuisine, outdoor adventure and most of all his family.


He will be profoundly missed by his wife, Laurie Karzen, his two children, Aaron and Meredith (Travis), his brother Warren (Miyuki), sister Margaret Farrell (David), his niece and nephews as well as Laurie's four children and eight grandchildren.


A memorial will be held Saturday in Tilden Park at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Stan's name be made to ReSurge International: www.resurge.org.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 28, 2013
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