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Frederick Rolla Mugler, M.D.

December 24, 1923 - January 19, 2015

Dr. Fred Mugler died in Palo Alto on January 19 at the age of 91. He was born in San Francisco, but as a newborn returned to the family home in San Luis Obispo, CA where he was raised. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1946, then from UC San Francisco Medical School in 1951, after two and a half years of service in the US Navy.

He took an internship and two years of residency at the VA Hospital, Los Angeles, then spent a year in cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, before being called back for further military duty in the US Army.

Fred practiced medicine in San Luis Obispo, CA, from early 1957 to April 1, 1971, when he had a near-fatal illness. After recovery he served as a physician for the VA Hospital, Palo Alto, off and on for 14 years, before retiring because of major back problems. He was emeritus clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Fred served as president of the San Luis Obispo County Medical Society for the year 1968. He published the first of five medical novels that same year.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, his four children: Norine, Frederick, Patricia, and Mimi; also by six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and his sister, Muriel Jameyson. He was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Laura Hall.

At his request there will be no funeral services. He will be interred at the family plot at Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, CA.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2015
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