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Richard J. Zauner M.D.


1927 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard J. Zauner M.D. Obituary
RICHARD JOSEPH ZAUNER, M.D. February 13, 1927 - February 23, 2014 Dr. Richard Joseph Zauner died of natural causes on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in La Jolla. He touched many lives, especially those of his family. Dick was born on a farm and raised in Dickinson, North Dakota. He served as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Navy before attending the University of North Dakota ('50), where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine ('52), and was a general practitioner in Fargo for 11 years until specializing in Interventional Radiology at the University of Oregon. During his career, he served as Chief of Staff at Riverside Community Hospital and was a partner at Riverside Radiology Medical Group until he retired in 1992. Dick lived in Riverside for 39 years (1967-2006) and at Casa de Mañana in La Jolla for the past seven years. Known affectionately as "Papa Dick" to his grandchildren, he was a quiet, gentle man who enjoyed reading, spending time near the ocean, listening to classical music, and watching the CA Angels. His easy whistle will be missed. Dick is survived by his three children: Michael, Richelle, and Tracy; his sister Gen; eight grandchildren: Katharine, Blake, Jennifer, Andrew, Kimberly, Matthew, Christina, and Amanda; and five great-grandchildren: Cooper, Lily, Luke, Read, and Cater. Dick was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Mona, in 2002. Private services were held at Riverside National Cemetery.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 28, 2014
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