Duane Eugene 'Blick' Blickenstaff
September 21, 1935 - January 22, 2021
Gene Blickenstaff died peacefully surrounded by family at home in La Jolla, California, on January 22, 2021. He was 85. Family and friends were his absolute passion and priority. As a highly sought after and respected Radiologist, he was extremely devoted to his work and patients.Born in Lyons, Kansas, and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gene attended the University of New Mexico, where he met his wife of 63 years. His continued education and training included medical school at Tulane University, an internship at the University of Michigan, a residency at Charity Hospital of Louisiana, and his fellowship at Los Angeles County General Hospital. Gene began his Radiology career in the U.S. Navy. After the military, he began his 35-year private practice at La Jolla Radiology. Once retired from La Jolla Radiology, he was offered and accepted an esteemed faculty position teaching at UCSD's Breast Imaging Department. For 13 years, 'Blick' worked with and taught young, bright residents, which he thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to teaching, he was instrumental in developing the breast imaging program at UCSD, allowing patients to be diagnosed without surgery. To this day, the UCSD breast imaging department, staff and employees, highlight the advances Blick brought to the profession.Endlessly supportive and directly engaged in his children's and grandchildren's lives and pursuits, Gene ("Papa") was very proud of them and their accomplishments. He always encouraged and influenced his loved ones to lead fulfilling and humble lives and showed by example the importance of loving and being interested in others. Gene modeled a "work hard, play hard" attitude, which led to many successes and numerous fun times, creating extraordinary memories. Gene, and the twinkle in his eye, will be deeply missed by family, friends, and co-workers.Blick was passionate about his church, La Jolla United Methodist Church. He happily and wholeheartedly invested an abundance of his time and energy throughout his 52-year church membership. In the early 1970's he was Chairman of the Education Commission that led the planning of the La Jolla United Methodist Church Nursery School, which stands today as a most highly sought after early childhood educational program. He was an avid woodworker, which included making furniture and his specialty of hand-turned wooden, translucent bowls. Other passions included traveling with his wife, golfing, skiing, reading, napping, and having a well-made gin and tonic. Gene is survived by his lovely wife Denise, his daughter Cathy Blickenstaff McAllister, son Mark Blickenstaff and wife Laurie, son Michael Blickenstaff; and five grandchildren: Cameron and Cayla McAllister, Steven Blickenstaff (Shelby), Gina Blickenstaff Clark (Chelsey), and Ketlyn Blickenstaff. A virtual online memorial service will be held at 1:15 P.M. on Saturday, February 6, 2021. https://www.lajollaunitedmethodist.org/online
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Published by La Jolla Light on Feb. 4, 2021.