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Wallace V. Epstein M.D.

Dec. 10, 1926 - Feb. 19, 2014


After a short illness, Wallace Epstein M.D. (Wally), Professor Emeritus, of the University of California School of Medicine passed away in his home. His interest in Science began in De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York. Wally was an avid lover of classical music. In high school he played trombone with the student orchestra of the Juilliard School of Music and after his retirement he enjoyed studying the cello. Wally attended the City College of New York until he was drafted into the Army in 1944. He attended Columbia University's School of Medicine for Physicians and Surgeons where he trained in the field of Rheumatology. Wally was recruited to the faculty of the University of California School of Medicine by Dr. Ephraim Engleman in 1957. Wally's areas of expertise included rheumatoid factor, eye manifestations of rheumatic disease, and treatment of severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. He served on the Admissions Committee at UCSF and played a pivotal role in changing the face of the UCSF medical school class by advocating effectively for admission of women and students of color. From 1974 to 1989 Wally and Dr. Hal Holman of the Stanford School of Medicine co-directed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. The UCSF/Stanford program investigated socioeconomic aspects of health care. Wally was an accomplished woodworker creating unique hard wood music stands, tables, and boxes. He was a beloved mentor and teacher with a quick wit and sense of humor. He co-directed the UCSF annual Board Review Course in Rheumatology for the last twenty years. He is survived by his wife, Sherrie, who was his high school sweetheart, two daughters, Eve (Ross Jaffe) and Carolyn Epstein and a son, Gordon Epstein, MD (Marsha) and three granddaughters, Jenny and Brooke Jaffe and Hayley Epstein and two grandsons, Daniel and Zachary Epstein. The family would appreciate donations in Wally's memory to be directed to the Wallace Epstein Endowment created to train young investigators in Rheumatology and autoimmune diseases or to Pathways Hospice. Checks for the Endowment should be made out to UCSF Foundation with a notation in support of the Wallace Epstein Endowment, Attn: Darrell Young, 220 Montgomery Street, 5th Floor San Francisco, CA. 94104. The address for Pathways Hospice is 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA. 94085.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2014
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