Dr. Howard Press
July 13, 1932 - Mar. 16, 2018
Resident of Walnut Creek
Howard Irving Press, known to his patients and friends as "Doc," passed away at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek on March 16, 2018 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Laura and Zoe, his granddaughter Olivia, his sister Joan, and his nephews Theodore, Benjamin and Nathaniel.
Dr. Press was born in Brooklyn, New York and at the age of ten moved to Los Angeles with his parents, Theodore and Lea Press. He was a serious boy and as a teenager took up his calling as a physician by building a hospital cage and nursing injured birds back to health. He attended the University of Southern California and received a DO degree from the College of (Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and an MD from the California College of Medicine at UCLA-Irvine. Dr. Press practiced medicine in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1975, when he relocated to Monterey and opened a practice on El Dorado Street. He served on the staff of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in the Department of Family Practice from 1976 to 2005.
Howard was an "old school" physician, dedicated to his patients, and became known as a skilled diagnostician who drew upon both traditional and alternative medicine to find answers. He always had time to hear his patients out and sought to minister to both body and spirit. He was a man of many interests - a student of Buddhism, a lover of literature and classical music and an avid gardener. He could often be seen around Monterey with his beloved dachshund Blueberry.
Memorial donations may be made to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. View the online memorial for Dr. Howard Press
Published by Monterey Herald Obits on Mar. 25, 2018.