Alex L. Finkle MD Born in Paterson, New Jersey May 31st, 1920, died peacefully August 13th, 2007 in San Rafael, CA. An accomplished surgeon, medical researcher, teacher and writer, he was awarded Masters and PhD degrees in physiology from UC Berkeley and his MD degree from UCSF -- all by the young age of 26. A Resident at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital, he also served as a Naval medical officer during WWII. He became an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCSF, conducted clinical research, and had a successful private Urology practice in SF for 40 years. Dr. Finkle was a pioneer in several surgical techniques, authored hundreds of articles, book chapters, and publications, inspiring doctors and researchers all over the world. Along with his dedication to medicine, he was well known for his keen sense of humor. His jokes were legendary; he collected them for decades to be included in his never-completed joke book "If You Can't Tinkle, Call Finkle". Devoted to his profession, family, and many, many cherished friendships, he also traveled extensively, both as a medical lecturer and for pleasure. He had four children: Paul, Joan, Carol and Nancy. He leaves behind his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren, Jenna, Carly, Anton and Matthew, his nieces and nephews, and a host of dear friends whose lives he touched immeasurably. Those who wish to write a remembrance can send it to Dr. Finkle's son, Paul, at 1000 4th Street, Suite 150, San Rafael, CA, 94901. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution in Dr. Finkle's honor to the: Alex L. Finkle, MD, PhD Fund for International Health, c/o the Dinner Series Club of the Institute for Global Health, University of California, San Francisco, 50 Beale Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94105-1823. Contributions will go to deserving UCSF Students and Residents working to improve health care services amongst the poor in Developing Countries. Alex L. Finkle's exceptional character, integrity and spirit touched the lives of so many, and he will be very dearly missed.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Sep. 2, 2007.