Sam lost his battle with brain cancer on June 1, 2005. He was 27. A potentially brilliant neurosurgeon, Sam graduated from the UC Davis Medical School in 2004 and was a resident at the UC Davis Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery. Besides his passion for medicine was his love of classical music. Over the years he built a vast collection that demonstrated this appreciation. Sam was a good friend, a compassionate doctor, and a wonderful husband who fought his illness with unbelievable courage and strength. Survivors include his wife, Emi Maia Nam; his grandmother; parents; and brothers.
Samuel Litvachuck, M.D., Memorial Endowed Fund, to make a donation please contact:
Eva Mae Stowell
Eva Mae Stowell died peacefully in her El Macero home on Dec. 16, 2005, after a prolonged illness from stroke and Alzheimer's disease. Born on Jan. 23, 1922, she was 83 years old. She was born in Roy, N.M., and lived in Tipton, Mo. She received her bachelor's degree in home economics from MacMurray College in 1944 and interned at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. At MacMurray College, she was elected president of her sophomore class and achieved honor status. She married her husband, Dr. Robert E. Stowell, in 1945 and enjoyed traveling to many foreign countries. Upon moving to El Macero in 1967, she was active in the Yolo County Women's Medical Auxiliary, and was elected president in 1974-75. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to any educational institution or charity of the donor's choice.
The endowed Eva Mae Stowell Student Scholarship Fund has been established at MacMurray College.
Class of 1990
As many of you know, this past Thanksgiving, Michael Hart, M.D. (class of 1990) was unfortunately killed in a bicycling accident near his home in San Diego, CA. Many from the class of 1990 remember Mike for his leadership ability, infectious personality, and commitment to excellence. As a friend of Mike's over the years, I thought it would be appropriate to submit these words of remembrance of him.
I met Mike on the first day of medical school orientation on a sunny day in the fall of 1985. We seemed to immediately get along despite some obvious differences and became partners in Gross Anatomy. Our friendship grew, as our new wives also became friends. Afternoons playing such odd sports as badminton, Frisbee golf, stunt kite flying and darts filled what little free time we had during those first 2 years of medical school. We even vacationed together with our wives to Hawaii after graduation from Medical School.
Mike trained in Family Practice, and I trained in ENT. He lived in San Diego and I near Seattle. We took pleasure in visiting each other with our families in tow typically once per year.
It was remarkable when I recently reflected on the influence Mike had on my life. He drove me to excel in medical school, introduced fine wine, showed me that it was cool to be a man in the kitchen, started my annoying habit of calling many people (including my son) "buddy," and he gave me a great appreciation for what life could be if we just look at what we already have.
Ironically, the significant distance we lived apart probably prolonged our friendship, as I did not share his same zest for brutal exercise through cycling. He remained true to his nature in being competitive throughout his endeavors. This included academic achievement, cycling, and even badminton when he would scream "Corona!" every time he would hit my body with the birdie.
Mike's academic and professional achievements include: Alpha Omega Alpha honors from medical school, numerous teaching awards while serving residency at Ventura County Hospital, Director of the Sharp Family Practice Residency Program in San Diego, and president of the Grossmont Family Medical Group in San Diego. During this time, he also became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, worked on the board of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians, was a clinical instructor at UCSD, and taught in the Stanford N.P. and P.A. program. Mike is survived by his wife, Emily, of 19 years, daughter Jordan, 13, daughter Madeline, 10, and son Alex, 8.
Donations are suggested to:
Michael Hart Memorial Fund,
c/o Grossmont Family Medical Group,
5525 Grossmont Center Drive, No. 200,
La Mesa, CA 91942.
Good-bye "buddy," I will miss you dearly!
Binning Pearce Chambers died Saturday November 19, 2005 at Park Place in Reno Nevada. He was 83 years old. He suffered from Parkinson Disease and pneumonia. Ben (as he was known to friends) was a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of World War II and Vietnam. In World War II he helped liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp. While there he was among the first to be treated by the new drug, penicillin. After leaving the Air Force he worked as Assistant to the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. His efforts there led to the new Veterinary Medicine school building that his granddaughter-in-law now goes to for her preparation as a veterinarian. He came to the UC Davis to participate in the establishment of the medical school. He served for many years and retired as Grants and Contracts Officer for UC Davis Medical Center. He enjoyed reading history and philosophy. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Victoria Ada Chambers. He is survived by one son, Dr. Raymond L. Chambers, a daughter-in-law, Dr. Paula H. Chambers, both of Bainbridge, GA, a grandson, Mr. Herschel B. Chambers, and his wife April W. Chambers, both of Athens, GA.