Dr. Howard Press
1932 - 2018
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.

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I just now read on my ph. about Dr.Press' passing, and I send condolences to his family and loved ones! He was one of the best doctors I've ever had; He was my doc for about 1 /12yrs in the early 2000' ,back when I was still pushing myself to work - I was referred to him by a doc in Salinas, mainly because most other doc's were overwhelmed with me because of having multiple health problems, But Dr.Press Always treated me with compassion, genuine concern,and respect!!RIP
Mary Jimenez
July 1, 2018
We worked together at Natividad many years ago but always remained friends. He was so good a physician, always putting his patient's best interests at heart. Rest easy my friend.
Karl Nicholas
March 30, 2018
My sympathies to the Family. What a wonderful Doctor! Doctor Press was an unbelievably excellent doctor, way ahead of his time. Anyone who was lucky to have him as a doctor was blessed. He enriched my life tremendously. Nice picture with his side kick Dr. Blueberry.
Deborah Isham
March 25, 2018
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