June Louise Grinney, MD 92, of Tucson, Arizona, died peacefully on January 25, 2013. June was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Frederik Christensen, M.D. and her sisters, Myrtle Hegele and Carol Moore. She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Leo Richard Grinney, M.D.; her four sons, James, Jay, John and David; 11 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. June was born on June 20, 1920, in Racine, Wisconsin, and attended Washington Park High School where she excelled academically and was a talented violinist in the school orchestra. After graduating in 1937, she continued her devotion to music and pursued a rigorous pre medicine academic curriculum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Upon graduation from Northwestern in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree, she was accepted at Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (now the Medical College of Wisconsin) - one of only two women in the Class of 1944. It was here that June met another medical student and the love of her life, Leo Grinney, whom she married on September 28, 1944. Thus began a beautiful and enduring marriage between two people devoted to each other and committed to their shared passion of making this world a better place by helping others. June completed her training at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York in 1945. Soon thereafter she embarked on a distinguished 43 year career in family medicine in Racine, Wisconsin, where she focused on the care of women and children. She was a long standing and active member of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, State Medical Society of Wisconsin, Racine County Medical Society, Wisconsin Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. In addition to her devotion to her patients and their well-being, June enjoyed playing golf, gardening, spending time with her family on ski trips to Colorado, and canoeing and fishing with friends in the Boundary Waters of Quetico National Park. After moving to Tucson, Arizona in 1988, June became fascinated by the flora of the Sonoran Desert and its magnificent sunrises and sunsets. During the summers June and Leo escaped to the mountains of Colorado and enjoyed fly fishing the rivers in and around their home in Snowmass, Colorado. June was remarkable and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was an inspiring trailblazer for future generations of women seeking careers as physicians; a devoted wife who shared a unique and enduring professional and personal partnership with her husband, Leo; a supportive mother of four boys who occasionally tested her patience, but never her love; and a consummate physician who cared for generations of women and children. She was wise and humble, and her unforgettable blue eyes always sparkled with laughter and love. Her family and friends will always cherish their memories of this extraordinary and special person. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2013