Surrounded by her family, long-time Davis resident Phyllis O. Lipscomb passed away on Dec. 29, 2008, at age 91. She was the wife of the founding chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Paul Lipscomb.
Mrs. Lipscomb was the oldest of three children born to businessman Carl W. Oesterreich and Mame Underleak Oesterreich in Rochester, Minn. She attended Rochester High School, Rochester Junior College, and one semester at Northwestern University in Chicago before returning home to become the secretary for the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. She married surgical resident, Paul Rogers Lipscomb, on July 20, 1940, and spent the following 28 years with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
The Lipscombs moved to Davis in 1969 where Dr. Lipscomb helped to establish the UC Davis School of Medicine and served as professor and founding chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. At age 52, Mrs. Lipscomb completed a bachelor's degree in art history, graduating with honors.
Mrs. Lipscomb was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and her sister, Roberta Eibert. She is survived by her children, Susan L. Nachbaur and Paul R. Lipscomb, Jr., M.D., and grandchildren, Jennifer, Benjamin, Abraham and Moriah Nachbaur, all of the San Francisco Bay Area, and her brother Robert Oster of La Jolla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Center, UC Davis Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento Calif., 95817 or to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, Minn. 55905.
Pierce A. Rooney Jr., M.D.
Pierce A. Rooney Jr., a fourth generation Sacramentan, was born March 11, 1923, and died of cancer Jan. 14, 2009. He attended Santa Clara and Gonzaga universities before serving as an officer in the Navy during World War II. He commanded a fleet of landing craft that put our troops on beaches across the Pacific. Following the war, he graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., in 1951. He then returned to Sacramento and spent the first third of his career in general practice, making house calls, performing general surgery, and delivering babies.
The second third of his career was spent practicing clinical pathology. He would often arrive at a hospital anytime, day or night, to read a slide of tissue while a patient and surgeon waited in the operating room for the results.
During the last third of his career, he became one of the first board-certified forensic pathologists in the country. He eventually earned a national reputation for the complex cases he investigated and also for his research into the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Within the last 12 months of his life, he was still appearing in court to testify as an expert witness for the District Attorney's Office on cold cases reopened due to new DNA evidence.
For a number of years, he was an associate professor of pathology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Rooney was also active in the politics of medicine and served as president of the Sacramento Medical Society during its centennial year of 1968.
Dr. Rooney was a pillar of strength to all those who knew him; a man of integrity and courage. Despite his many accomplishments, he remained humble and approachable. He was fiercely dedicated to the people and causes he loved. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara; six children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A private memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Rooney's name may be sent to WEAVE at 1900 K Street, Sacramento, Calif. 95811.