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William Schamel Stryker M.D.


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William Schamel Stryker M.D. Obituary
December 3, 1916 - December 27, 2015 William Schamel Stryker, M.D., passed away December 27, 2015 in San Diego at the age of 99. He was born December 3, 1916 in Boulder, Colorado to George W. and Frances (Schamel) Stryker. He grew up in Boulder and attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1940 with a B.A. degree in chemistry. In 1942 he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed one year of his internship program at Medical College of Virginia when the Navy offered him the opportunity to complete his training at a Navy hospital. He became a Commissioned Officer in the USN Medical Corps in April 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, first at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and later, Saipan in the Marianas. After the war, Dr. Stryker reported to USNH Oakland to begin his residency in Orthopaedics. It was there that he met and would marry Mary Irene Smith, a Navy nurse who had been stationed in England on D-Day. They would enjoy 43 years together, being blessed with six children (born at five different duty stations). He completed his orthopaedic residency at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. During the Korean War, Dr. Stryker served aboard the USS Consolation, a Navy Hospital ship, deployed off the coast of Korea. His last duty station was Balboa Navy Hospital in San Diego, where he was Chief of Orthopaedics. Capt. Stryker retired from the Navy in late 1969, having served 26 years active duty. Dr. Stryker moved to Los Angeles to embark on the second half of his professional career. He was Medical Director at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital from late 1969 to 1977 after which he went into private practice. He resumed his academic career at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center where he was Chairman of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1983-1992. He retired from Harbor General Hospital/UCLA Medical Center in 2008. Dr. Stryker was a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a member (Emeritus) of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), serving as its President 1983-1984. He was a long time member of the Wilson-Bost Interurban Club. Dr. Stryker resided in Rolling Hills Estates, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. To his family, his home was known simply as "Masongate". In 2010, he moved back to San Diego to be closer to family. Dr. Stryker is survived by his daughters, Barbara, Kerry Tabler, and Mary Blackman and his sons Gregory and William F. He has 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, his son Jeffrey, his sister Margaret Ann Moffat and his brother John. The Stryker family would like to express their deep appreciation to the caregivers and staff at Cloisters of the Valley Assisted Living. Dr. Stryker was interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego on Friday, January 8, 2016 with military honors
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016
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