Crystie Halsted, M.D.
Crystie Halsted, a gifted physician and pioneer in treating AIDS and other infectious diseases in pediatric patients, died after a long illness on Sept. 23 at UC Davis Medical Center. A professor emerita in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, she was 71.
Dr. Halsted was instrumental in initiating and expanding programs for abused and neglected children in Sacramento County. Her work in those areas fostered the development of many community experts who went on to work for child protection in the fields of social work, medicine and law enforcement. In 1992, she received the Sacramento Women in History Award for her work with impoverished, abused and neglected children.
Born on Sept. 30, 1936, in Gloversville, N.Y., as Crystalenia Combothekras, Dr. Halsted attended Barnard College in New York City on a full scholarship. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1962 and completed an internship and residency at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital of Case Western University from 1962-66, a period that included one year as chief resident in pediatrics. Her department chair and inspiration at that time was Dr. Frederick Robbins, who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for his work on the polio virus, which led to the polio vaccine.
Dr. Halsted was a fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1968 to 1970, and then was an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baltimore City Hospitals from 1970 to 1973. She joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1974. As one of the few women on the medical school faculty at the time, she served as an important role model for the increasing numbers of women who chose medicine as a career. Dr. Halsted taught several generations of pediatricians and family physicians who practice in the Sacramento area.
Dr. Halsted was a loving mother, an avid fan of the Sacramento Kings, and was known by her friends and family as an exuberant and generous hostess. Her children and many friends often sought her opinions and advice, which she gave freely and easily. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her former husband, UC Davis professor, Dr. Charles Halsted; three children, John C. Halsted of London, England, Michael A. Halsted of Davis, and Ellen H. Lavin of Mineola N.Y.; three grandchildren; her mother, Constantina Combothekras, and a sister, Eoanna Combothekras, both of New York City.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the "Crystie C. Halsted, M.D., Senior Student Award for Excellence in Pediatrics." Checks should be made payable to UC Regents and sent to: UC Davis Health System Health Sciences Advancement 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150 Sacramento, CA 95820 Memo line: "Crystie C. Halsted, M.D. Senior Student Award for Excellence in Pediatrics"
William Stifter, M.D.
William Stifter, M.D., UC Davis Medical Center resident in Internal Medicine 1977 and Cardiology, 1979, died tragically in a plane crash during a routine landing on Lake Chelan, Wash., the long-time location of his vacation home.
While Dr. Stifter did not survive the crash, he lived long enough to extricate his wife, Patti, who was trapped in her seat belt and could not escape by herself. Dr. Stifter is survived by his wife Patti (Hatfield), son John, and daughters Anne and Elissa. Dr. Stifter practiced cardiology in Spokane for 29 years where he was a partner in Heart Clinics Northwest.
Dr. Stifter was known as a powerful advocate for his patients and was an innovator in the field of non-invasive CT angiography. In addition to his spirituality and faith, he was an enthusiast of fine music and wines. He will be missed by his family, colleagues, patients and community.
Jason Christopher Lam
UC Davis medical student Jason Christopher Lam died on Oct. 7 at the age of 25. Born on May 31, 1983, in Alton, Ill., Jason graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco in 2000. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 2004.
As a student at UC Davis School of Medicine, Jason was a dedicated volunteer at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, one of five free community clinics operated by medical students. In 2005-06, Jason was co-director at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, where he enjoyed working with colleagues and patients. A talented musician, Jason loved to play piano and violin.
Jason is survived by his mother, Xanthe Lam, and father, Allen Lam, of South San Francisco; and his sister, Jessica Lam, a student at UC San Diego.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jason Lam Memorial Fund. Checks payable to UC Regents may be sent to the Jason Lam Memorial Fund, UC Davis School of Medicine, Health Sciences Advancement, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95820.