HORENBLAS, LINDSEY Dr. Lindsey Waine Horenblas was born in Toronto, Canada, on April 6, 1949, the middle son of Rachel and Murray Horenblas. He played basketball and saxophone and served on student council at Bathurst Heights High School where he was captioned in his 12th grade yearbook as "The Friendly Giant", an apt description that remained relevant throughout his life. Lindsey received his medical degree from University of Toronto in 1974 and was a graduate of the first Emergency Medicine residency at McGill University in Montreal in 1979. He relocated to Portland, Oregon, when he was recruited as Director of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center. During the subsequent 36 years, until his retirement in 2015, Lindsey not only personally provided care to thousands of patients, but also took pride and satisfaction in fostering the development and wider recognition of what was then the young specialty of Emergency Medicine. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and volunteered there in the interview and selection process of applicants to the Emergency Medicine Residency program. Lindsey was also active in the administrative and business aspects of medical practice. He was a founding partner and first President of Western Oregon Emergency Physicians, Inc., a specialty-specific corporation that grew into Oregon Emergency Physicians, Inc., currently the largest independent emergency physician corporation in the state. Throughout his career, Lindsey practiced what he taught: dedicate yourself to providing the best care to all in a professional and caring way. His keen interest in helping the underserved was exemplified by his work with Project Erase and medical relief trips all over the world. As a longtime leader of the medical community and good friend to countless Oregonians, Lindsey will be greatly missed. Lindsey led a rich and active life guided by curiosity, compassion, ethics, humor, loyalty, and a tremendous sense of adventure. He traveled extensively and pursued many activities throughout his adult life. Over the years, tiddlywinks, running, saxophone, basketball, SCUBA diving, tennis, cycling, hiking, fly fishing, bridge, billiards, and various overly-competitive versions of online Scrabble were just some of the ways he shared time with people he cared about. He befriended strangers everywhere he went, was always there when people needed him, and was profoundly dedicated to, and adoring of, his family. Lindsey passed away suddenly of natural causes on Sunday, April 4, 2021. He was 71 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Geri Cullers, children Dara Horenblas, Lian Horenblas (Aaron Eades), Isaac Horenblas, Tess Horenblas (Nick Zarnowski), brothers Richard and Glen Horenblas, uncle and aunt David and Caryl Himelfarb, and countless devoted friends. Donations in his honor can be made to the Jewish Federation, Oregon Food Bank, and Outside In.
Published in Toronto Star on Apr. 18, 2021.