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Dr. Herbert A. Lints M.D.


1918 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Herbert A. Lints, M.D.

January 26, 1918 - December 6, 2017

Herbert Arthur Lints was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 26, 1918, and passed away peacefully on December 6, 2017, a few weeks short of his 100th birthday. Herbert married Dorothy Josephine del Siena (aka Delsi) in August, 1945. Herb and Delsi had three children; Craig Olin Lints, Leslie Jo Lints (aka Helena Lints Lengel), and Kenton Herbert Lints (aka Rasjad). Delsi passed away in 1998, and Rasjad passed away from ALS in 2016. Since 2002, Herb shared his life with his dear friend, Juanita Robinson, who passed away in 2016. Known as Grampy, he is survived by six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He lived a long and happy life with a great family, many friends, and no regrets.
Herb graduated from Alma College in 1941 and University of Michigan in 1945. Herb applied for medical school through the Navy but failed his physical due to flat feet. His uncle, Dr. Will Lovering pulled strings and got a second physician's opinion, which he passed. The day he was supposed to ship off to the Pacific, the Japanese surrendered and the war was over. He had married Delsi only a few days earlier, a relationship that would last 53 years.

After he finished his residency in Internal medicine at the University of Chicago, he moved to Escondido, California in 1951. There, with a growing family, he started his own private practice near Palomar Hospital, where he was the only internist for 30 miles around.

In 1958 he was appointed to the California State Board of Health by Governor Pat Brown Sr. and continued that service until 1966 when then-Governor Ronald Reagan disbanded the Board. On the Board of Health, he was instrumental in implementing health regulations that required car manufacturers to install seat belts in new cars. This was long before any requirement to actually WEAR a seat belt, but the auto industry bitterly fought the rule, calling it "bureaucratic overreach." The Board sent an investigative team to Sweden to review the evidence for seat belts. Before going on this trip, Herb believed that all cars needed to have heavily padded dashboards and side doors for protection. When he returned, he said the evidence spoke for itself and he became a prolific seat belt advocate! Governor Brown Sr. backed the Board of Health and for the first time, cars sold in California had 'lap belts' installed by law.

In 1962, the family moved to Berkeley, where he joined Kaiser Permanente and serviced Henry J. Kaiser as his personal physician. In 1969 Delsi & Herb moved to Philadelphia where Herb became an Associate Professor at Temple University.

In 1973, Herb returned to his love of public health, becoming a Communicable Disease Specialist for the Alameda County Public Health Department.

In the final stage of his career he retook his board exams and developed a focus on geriatrics. He spent the last 25 years of his career in private practice, specializing in nursing home care. At one point, he was Medical Director of over twenty facilities across Alameda County. Many people fondly remember him for his deep commitment to his patients and their families.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Dr. Herbert Lints, M.D. on President's Day Weekend, Sunday February 18, 2018, 2-5pm, at the Grand View Pavilion, 300 Island Drive, Alameda California.
The extended version of The Wonderful Life of Dr. Herbert A. Lints, M.D. is available on www.greermortuary.com


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 13, 2018
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