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John C. Wakefield M.D.

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John C. Wakefield, MD Born Tulsa, Oklahoma to John and Yvonne Wakefield May 22, 1932. Entered into Heaven April 28, 2009, 28 days after his second diagnosis of melanoma. Our heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Rost for giving us a few more months with John. He was raised in Tulsa, graduated University of Tulsa and became a landman at Carter Oil Company driving the western states securing land leases. John developed an interest in medicine and entered the University of Southern California School of Medicine and did an internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He completed a psychiatric residency at Menninger School of Psychiatry, then joined the staff of Levinson Institute, Massachucetts, where he lectured on organizational behavior and development. He was a founding board member and president of Atari. He developed a particular interest in nutritional and environmental influences and was president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Most recently he split time between his practice in Saratoga, CA, and the Behavioral Health Center, at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. John's greatest joy in life was in helping people. He loved helping his patients and cared deeply for each and every one of them. John is survived by wife of 35 years, Cheri, son Joel, daughter Marlene (Dale) Pederson, grandchildren Ryan and Jackie Pederson, brother, Dr Hal Wakefield, CO, sister Suzi Geren, Oklahoma, nephew Justin Storey, niece Felicia Coe, (Gary), and Tyler, Payton, Hannah and Millie, and pal Herbie. John was preceeded in death by parents, son Jonathan, and just a year and a half ago, beloved son, Johnny. Friends are invited to services Sat. 5/16 at 2pm at South Hills Community Church, San Jose.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on May 9, 2009
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