Tom Quinn died peacefully on Oct. 20, 2013, at his home in Sonoma, his wife at his side. He was 93. A native of Davenport, Iowa, he was born to Ella and Thomas Quinn on July 26, 1920.
He attended the Davenport schools and went on to Iowa State University where he received his undergraduate degree in pre-med. He continued his studies at Iowa State University School of Medicine, graduating in 1945.
He served in the army as an officer in various army hospitals ending up on detached service in Colon, Panama.
After his discharge in 1948, he decided to specialize in anesthesia, a fairly new specialty for MD’s at the time. He spent two years at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the teaching hospitals for Harvard Medical School Students.
In 1950, because he had family near San Francisco, he drove out west with his father. He liked the area so much that he acquired a position at St Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco where he practiced anesthesia for almost 40 years.
In 1953, he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Hargreaves, whom he affectionately called “My Lizzie.”
Liz and Tom had three children. He is survived by his loving wife, Liz; by his children, Katie, Tom (Debby) and Jenny who blessed them with four beautiful granddaughters, Jessica, Kathryn, Allie and Sydney, who all adored their loving grandfather.
The family would like to thank Hospice By The Bay for their incredible and loving care, especially Elaine Tannenbaum, Patty Maxwell and Cheryl Sebastian. Without them the last year of his life would have been very difficult.
At Tom’s request there will be no formal services. Instead he wanted his family to celebrate his life with lots of champagne, which is exactly what they did. This family celebration was filled with lots of laughter, numerous stories, fond memories and a few tears.
A private inurnment will be held in the Memorial Gardens at Trinity Episcopal Church.
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