Dr. Geoffrey Carle NUNES

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Dr. Geoffrey Carle

Geoffrey died at home on March 3, 2017 at the age of 77. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda, California. His father was Chief Public Defender of Alameda County. He graduated from Stanford University in 1961, and while at Stanford met and married his wife of 55 years, Susan. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1965, and remained at that medical center for his surgical internship and residency. From 1971 to 1974 he served in the U.S. Army at the 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, West Germany, and was discharged from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1974 he came to Spokane and joined Drs. Robnett and Ahiquist in the practice of General Surgery. He was on the active staff at Sacred Heart, Deaconess, and Holy Family Hospitals, and was the President of the Holy Family Medical Staff in 1985. He served on the Board of Directors of Medical Service Corporation of Eastern Washington, and subsequently Premera Blue Cross, from 1990 to 1999. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and served as a Governor to the College from 1991 to 1997. He was a member of the Western Surgical Association, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, and the North Pacific Surgical Association, in which he served as president in 1994. He was very interested in the history of surgery, and was Historian of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association from 1999 through 2004. His interests were primarily within surgery, but he greatly enjoyed classical and chamber music, and actively supported the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane String Quartet. In later years he and Susan happily explored many corners of the world on cruises. He leaves his wife Susan, as well as sons David (Irene) of Jacksonville, FL, Chris, and Rob (Natalie), both in the Seattle area, and seven grandchildren. At his request there will be no funeral or memorial service. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 8 to Mar. 12, 2017