LINDSEY HORENBLAS
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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.

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Published in Toronto Star on Apr. 18, 2021.
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September 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to you and your family Dara. Love, Meg
Meghan Holtzman
Friend
June 1, 2021
I am 2 months older than Lindsey and we had parallel careers in emergency medicine TOGETHER. I was the ER director and ER resident director at Bess Kaiser medical center in Portland in 1981 with Lindsay the same at St. Vincent. I spent a lot of time with him at OHSU interviewing students for our dual residency programs for 13 years. When my hospital closed in 1996 - Lindsay graciously offered me a job with him and we worked to get her for the next 16 years. What an amazing man!!! Just like all the comments - he always looked you in the eye with sincere care and left thanking me for the interaction. Sorry, Geri for this shockingly premature loss. I am taken aback and more than ever understand we only are promised one day at a time.
Mike Blahnik
Mike Blahnik
Coworker
May 19, 2021
Hello:

You may not know me but I worked with Lindsey at St Vincent's. He was a joy and pleasure always. There were days I would go to work just dragging and he would say something or we would talk on some topic and my day was brighter. It is with much sadness to hear of his passing. I can only wish his family well. He will be missed very much.

Thank You, peace be with you
Charles Surfus
Providence Security

Charles Surfus
Coworker
April 30, 2021
I’m saddened to hear of Libdsey’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with Lindsey intermittently over many years, dating back to my own residency. Sincere condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed by many.
Donna Strain
Coworker
April 23, 2021
Dear Geri and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Lyndsey's passing. He was such a sweet and gentle presence. My heart goes out to you and the family. Molly Little
Molly Little
Teacher
April 21, 2021
Lindsey was a fantastic ER physician and a friend to the many specialists he would call (including me), sometimes in the middle of the night, to consult with. He exemplified professionalism, competence and humility and served as a role model for many young physicians. I feel fortunate to have known him! I am so sorry for your family's loss.
Rolf C Sohlberg, M.D.
Coworker
April 20, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. RIP friend!
Mary Willis
April 19, 2021
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April 19, 2021
I met Lindsey when he first came to St. Vincent. He was an excellent physician and we collaborated on many cases over the years. He was my doctor once. We also connected on Cycle Oregon and the squash court. He was a kind and stimulating person who will be greatly missed.
Ronald Fraback
Friend
April 18, 2021
I feel so very sad after reading this...I feel blessed to have known Lindsey and your family. We met Lindsey and Isaac with Harry Maizels and our son Todd many years ago and then went on to enjoy the years of friendship through OES..I have many kind thoughts and memories of your family. I am thinking of you and please give a special hug to Isaac from Liz, Tom and Todd Perkins...hope your days get a little easier
Liz Perkins
Friend
April 18, 2021
Lindsey was a one of the kindest and most interesting people I've ever known. He will be missed by not only his family, but all who knew him.
Chuck & Janice Best
Friend
April 18, 2021
I remember Lindsey fondly as one of the running group back in the 80's. My late husband, Buzz Willits, admired him and said he felt safer having an ER doc in the group. I am sorry for your loss. He was greatly liked!
Kristena A LaMar
Friend
April 15, 2021
Lindsey was an absolutely wonderful person, who had a knack for making everyone feel like a trusted friend. I knew Lindsey (and Geri) from their work at Project Erase, where he volunteered for over 10 years removing tattoos and helping people make positive changes in their lives. He certainly had a positive impact on my life, and my partner's as well: we're pretty sure Lindsey helped him get into residency at OHSU :) In Lindsey's honor, I plan to do a bike ride he suggested to me years ago - I've been meaning to do it, and now it feels more apt than ever. Sending love to Geri and his family.
Tamara
April 14, 2021
Lindsey was my friend and mentor. He was my first boss & I was his first secretary. He taught me how kindness and listening allows you to find the best in everyone. He loved to compete and there were never any half measures in his efforts. My love and prayers are given to Geri & Dara, Lian, Isaac & Tess, Richard and Glen, and everyone missing him today. Which is all of us. ❤
Teresa LaHaie
Friend
April 14, 2021
It’s so hard to accept that Lindsey is gone. He was the epitome of life, and led the most exemplary one of anyone I’ve known. As someone said at the video gathering to mourn him, “if you were Lindsey’s friend, you were his best friend,” meaning he made everyone feel you were the most important person his life. I will sure think of him and miss him a lot for as long as I live. Farewell, dear friend Lindsey.
Larry Lobel
Friend
April 14, 2021
I am so sorry to hear this news. I wish I could have thanked him before he died for all that he did for me. He was kind enough to let me shadow him in the ED and give me early inspiration for a medical career. Specifically, he invited me to his house and we role played for medical school interviews. I will never forget that. I still use the skills he taught me in presenting myself for an interview and with meeting with patients. I have now been practicing medicine for 8 years and I have offered to teach and coach aspiring doctors, just like he did for me. I still use the lessons that he taught me. He was an amazing and generous person.

I will be donating to Outside In.
Martin Peters
Student
April 14, 2021
I was very sad to hear of Lindsey's passing. I met him when we were 5 or 6 years old and we were great friends from then on. In high school we both played on the school basketball team.We were also in the jazz band together.Although I had not seen him for many years I have wonderful memories of growing up together.Please accept my sincere condolences.
David Fine
Friend
April 13, 2021
Lindsey was a dear friend for 55 years. We had many adventures together in high school & at U of T and continued our friendship over the years wherever his travels took him. He was kind, considerate and a true good friend. Our friendship extended as couples with my husband Lorne and Lindsey's wife Geri. We'll miss no longer having the opportunity to pick up the phone and 'catch up'. We'll miss him dearly and will think of Lindsey whenever we watch "Harold & Maude" - a mutually favourite film. Our love & support for the family will continue. May Lindsey's memory be a blessing.
Barb & Lorne Bernstein
Friend
April 13, 2021
Although I hadn’t seen Lindsey in over 53 years we were very close growing up on Lynnhaven Road in Toronto. We went right through public, Junior High and High School and played many competitive sports together. May you Rest In Peace good friend.
Jerry Berman
Friend
April 13, 2021
Lindsey graced our group with his presence at the American Medical Tennis Association meetings many times. His positive approach to life, love of tennis, and care for others was always so obvious and appreciated. We are so fortunate he chose to spend time with us!
Bruce Dalkin
Bruce Dalkin
Friend
April 13, 2021
I write on behalf of Elvira Sierra, of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a friend and fan of the Horenblas family for many years. As one of her students, I heard many stories of Dr. Horenblas, Geri and the kids, and saw many of their annual Christmas cards. When Elvira learned if Dr. Horenblas’ unexpected death, she cried herself to sleep. I never met any of the family, but I’ve come to know them through Elvira, and I share in her sense of sadness.
Alex MacLeod
April 13, 2021
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