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COREY, William G. MD, FACP
May 12, 1930 - Feb. 18, 2012

Dr. Corey is the son of William G. Corey and Mary Scripps
Corey. He was born at Scripps hospital in La Jolla, CA. He was raised with his four sisters in Altadena, CA. They spent their summers in Pacific Beach at their grandmothers home "Braemar" on Mission Bay. He attended Polytechnic school in Pasadena. He then attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM for high school, where he learned to fly. He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkley. Dr. Corey entered the University of Southern California medical school in 1955. He was junior class president, graduating in 1959, and was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity. He received post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Hepatology until 1963. Dr. Corey then began his private practice of Internal Medicine in Pasadena caring for his patients for over three decades .He was President of the Medical Staff of Huntington Memorial Hospital in 1982.
Dr. Corey was a member of the faculty of the USC Medical School as a clinical Professor of Medicine. He was certified and recertified by the American board of internal Medicine and was a Fellow of the American College of Professors. Dr. Corey was the Director of Clinical Investigation at the HMRI Liver Center where he worked with Dr. Myron Tong and was also on the HMRI Board. He also served as the medical advisor and trustee to the Eileen and Kenneth Norris Foundation, as well as being a member of the Board of the Norris Cancer Center at the USC School of Medicine which provided critical start up grants to HMRI heart research, the Liver Center, MR Spectroscopy ,and the neural proteomics programs. He was a trustee to the McKenzie Foundation which provides grants to medical students in California and pre-med students at Occidental and the Pomona Colleges. He was also a board member for the Sheriff Air Rescue 5 Foundation and flew with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs on the Air Rescue Response team and the Disaster Medical Assistance Team 9 as a volunteer Doctor for 21 years.
Dr. Corey is survived by his wife of 44 years, and to the love of his life, Janice Corey. His children, Michelle Corey Hoherd, husband Mark, Boo Corey DeWitt, husband Danny, Carrie O'Donnell Grime, husband Greg and Matthew Allan O'Donnell. His grand children Ryan, Charlie, Peter, Andrew, Maddie and Nicholas. His great grandson Austin, and a second great grandson's due May 1. His sisters Virginia Lance, Mary Lownes, Sally Karste and Annie Haynes.
Dr. Corey was an avid hunter and sailor. He loved skiing, golf and hiking. His hiking took him to the mountains of Nepal and South America. He and Janice traveled the world to very exciting and unusual places, with a recent trip to the Artic to view polar bears. But his biggest joy was always the trips and time spent with his family. He was a wonderful husband and a great father. A true outdoorsman who loved life. Dr. Corey touched so many lives, people that were not his patients. Maybe a friend of a friend. He was always willing to help anyone. He was a role model, a mentor and a hero to us all.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
HMRI Liver Disease Research
734 Fairmount Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 29, 2012
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