Dr. Walter C. Stolov
1928 - 2018
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Dr. Walter C. Stolov

Walter Charles Stolov was born on January 6, 1928 in Bronx, New York, the middle son to Rose and Arthur Stolov. Walter skipped several grades and at 16, entered The City College of New York, graduating with a BS in physics in 1948. While pursuing a PhD in physics at the University of Minnesota, his advisor was called to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He was encouraged to find a new advisor, and subsequently switched to medicine in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department.

Walter met his wife, Anita, when she worked for Gallup Poll and had to hustle to interview enough people to satisfy her daily quota. Unlike the other interviews which were brief and quick, Walter answered every question with an in-depth elucidation of his thoughts in a lunch that lasted several hours. When it ended, he left a disappointed Anita to pay her half of the bill. Marriage followed in 1953. Their daughter Nancy was born in 1956, Amy in 1959.

The family moved to Seattle in 1960 where Walter joined the University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Their third daughter, Lynne was born soon after. Walter was a UW Professor and Department Chair for over 40 years, providing services to hospitals around the Northwest. He witnessed the graduation of hundreds of students, trained scores of residents, and inspired thousands of patients with spinal cord injuries, strokes and other disabling conditions to move, walk, and adapt. Under his leadership, the UW PM&R department and its affiliate hospitals came into national prominence as one of the leading hospitals for rehabilitation needs. He continued to work as recently as this year, attending the department's weekly TelePain conference calls.

Walter was intensely devoted to Anita. They loved to go to performances, and traveled all over the world. In 1972 he took sabbatical, moving his family to Copenhagen for the year. When Anita became ill in the last years of her life, Walter cared for her lovingly, aided by his substantial medical knowledge.

Walter enjoyed spending time with family. He was in top form at many holiday gatherings where he always had something funny or profound to say. A highlight of his day was a phone call from one of his grandchildren.

Walter passed away on Monday September 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife Anita C. Stolov and brothers Harold Stolov and Stanley Stolov. He is survived by his children Nancy (Kim) Goldov, Amy Stolov, Lynne (Brian) Pauleen, and grandchildren, Hanah Goldov, Michael Pauleen, and Shayna Pauleen.

Funeral services and interment will be at Arthur Wright Chapel, 520 W. Raye St, Seattle on Friday September 14, 2018

at 11:00 am.

Donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Walter C. and Anita C. Stolov Endowed Research Fund (UW Foundation) c/o UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 or at https://tinyurl.com/stolovfund

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Published in The Seattle Times from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2018.
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November 14, 2018
One of my great teachers at U of Washington Dept of PM&R. Often an evening phone call about a patient or procedure. Acerbic humor but a softee beneath it. Smoke filled office of serial cigarettes. Scintillating mind. Kind to me, and patient with my slow takes-usually.
Ernest Griffith
October 8, 2018
I worked as a tech in Rehab Medicine for 12 years. Dr Stolov was the most amazing man. He was so smart and he trained so many residents that his hand is still caring for patients everywhere. He was stubborn and when he would yell down the hall where's Dee. My heart would stop. He taught me never to be late, always give your all and never argue with him. I still see his smile. He will be missed by many
Dee Spellman Jensen
September 13, 2018
Dr. Stolov became a part of my family's life from the time I started working in his home in 2008 as Anita's care giver. He was incredibly supportive of my well being, education and especially my daughter Thandi who at the time was only 3 yrs old. Many years later, we kept in touch despite having lost Anita and no longer worked full time. Once in a while, he would have me work with him in areas of need. The most special thing we did was that, every year on his birthdays, my daughter and I called to sing the birthday song and wished him well. It was easy to remember because January 6th is also my daughter's birthday. We were always happy to hear his voice while he laughed out loud as we sang. He laughed at all my lame jokes, tirelessly corrected my pronunciation of American English words with my Zambian accent but most of all, always encouraged me to become a better version of myself. His favorite thing to say was "Grace, this is not Zambia, get the dictionary we look at that word together" I learnt so much about fully committing to loved ones, from his dedication whilst caring for his lovely wife Anita. I always shared with my family how much he inspired me to fight for family and work hard in life. My daughter Thandi cried upon hearing that Dr. Stolov was gone. We will definitely miss him dearly. Go well Dr. Stolov. We can only imagine the reunion with your beautiful Anita. We love you both ❤
September 12, 2018
Walter lived an amazing life and left a legacy of well trained physiatrists who are professionally indebted to him for accepting nothing less than excellence from them during their residency experience. His family has many reasons to be proud of his breadth and depth of accomplishments. He will be missed. Thank you Walter for all the teaching and making me a better physician. Straighten 'em out in heaven!

Steve Hinderer - UW Rehab Medicine Class of 1986
Steven Hinderer
September 12, 2018
Our sympathy's for his family. We will always remember his dedication to patients and the U of Washington Hospital.
Murray & Jennifer McCord
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