Richard H. Oi
Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Richard H. Oi, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at the UC Davis School of Medicine, died from a heart attack in September at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. He was 77.
"Dr. Oi trained many generations of physicians, who continue academic and clinical careers in California and beyond," said Lloyd Smith, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "He was loved by his students for his clarity of thought, his inclusive sense of humor and his encouraging approach to education. He was full of grace and good will."
A resident of Davis, Calif., Dr. Oi was born Aug. 1, 1930, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii in 1953 and his M.D. degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1957. He was an intern at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., from 1957-58, and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UC San Francisco Medical Center in 1964.
Dr. Oi joined the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center as a volunteer clinical faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1973, and became a full-time faculty member in 1977. By the time of his retirement from UC Davis in 1994, Dr. Oi had held numerous other positions in the department, including assistant professor, associate professor, professor and director of its residency training program. He also was a professor in the Department of Pathology.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Davis Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Richard H Oi, M.D. Endowment. For the latter, checks may be made out to the Richard H. Oi Endowment/UC Regents, and sent to the UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, Calif. 95817.
Henry Gong, a prominent pulmonary physician and a member of the California Air Resources Board, died Aug. 16 at his home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by his family. He was 60.
"Dr. Gong brought a unique, invaluable perspective to air issues as a physician specializing in pulmonary health," board chairwoman Mary Nichols said. "All of us who breathe California's air owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Gong as one of the state's true clean air champions. We will miss him."
Gong, one of 11 air board members, was a physician at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center where he was chairman of the Department of Medicine, chief of the Environmental Health Service and medical director of Respiratory Care Services. He had published more than 250 papers and book chapters related to respiratory diseases and the health effects of air pollution, according to a biography posted on the rehabilitation center's Web site. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Gong to the Air Resources Board in 2004. He also served on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was a professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Gong had a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific and a medical degree from UC Davis. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.