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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