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David Covell

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David Covell Obituary
July 26, 1924 - Dec 7,2018David George Covell Sr. was born in Los Angeles on July 26, 1924 and died on December 7th, 2018 at his home in Altadena, California. After graduation from Los Angeles High School he attended U.C.L.A. until recruitment into the Army in World War II at the age of 18. After serving for six months in the infantry he was reassigned to the college Army Specialized Training Program, first in pre-engineering, and later in pre-med at Stanford. After the war he attended medical school at U.S.C., graduating in 1950, and began his residency in medicine at Los Angeles County General Hospital (LACGH), interrupted by U.S.A.F. service in Korea at 5th Air Force HQ. in 1952-53. He then returned to complete his residency at LACGH, with a 4th year as Senior Resident in Medicine under Dr. Thomas Brem, chairman of the Dept of Medicine. He practiced internal medicine and cardiology in Pasadena from 1956 to 2000. In 1966 he organized the first Coronary Care Unit (CCU) in the area, at St. Luke Hospital, where he was President of the Medical Staff in 1968. In 1970 he participated in designing and writing protocols for the nursing management of the first CCU at Huntington Memorial Hospital. In that period he was elected to membership in the American College of Cardiology and served on the Board of Directors of the L.A. County Heart Association from 1971-74. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1957 and twice recertified, in 1974 and 1981. In 1974 he became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (A.C.P.) and in 1998 was awarded the Laureate Medal by the A.C.P. He served on the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine, U.S.C. , for 50 years, since 1973 as Professor of Clinical Medicine. At LAC/USC Medical Center he was chairman of the Medical Section from 1968-70, member of the Research Committee from 1969-72, and President of the Professional Staff Association from 1986-88. In 1967 he was named Alumnus of the Year by the USC School of Medicine Alumni Association. From 1969 to 1984 he worked with Dr. Phil Manning in the Postgraduate Division at USC to organize a Community Hospital Network, providing local hospitals with continuing medical education programs using medical school faculty. In 1971 he organized an internal medicine study group at Huntington Memorial Hospital which still exists, and he initiated the First Thursday Medical Workshop in 1992, the year he served as President of the Medical Staff at Huntington. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anne, three children and four grandchildren. Besides his family he also leaves the other loves of his life: the profession of medicine, long walks along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Mt. Whitney, the companionship of friends, the love of learning and of serious music, which began when he played the piano and violin.Friends who wish to remember him may contribute to the Nature Conservancy, The Pacific Crest Trail Association, Coleman Chamber Music Association, Pasadena Community Foundation or the Huntington Memorial Hospital. At his request there will be no memorial services.Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Dec. 10, 2018
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