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Richard P. Jobe, MD, FACS
1925 - 2007

Richard P. Jobe, MD, FACS,a longtime Fellow of the Association, died on October 20, 2007, at the age of 82 of metastatic lung cancer. Dr. Jobe, a native of California, did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he also went to medical school, graduating in 1949 in the accelerated program to train doctors as part of the war effort.

He served in a MASH unit in Korea, and followed with a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a diplomat both of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

On completion of training, he moved back to California, where he entered private practice in Los Altos. When Stanford moved its teaching hospital from San Francisco to Palo Alto, and soon started a plastic surgery residency training program with Dr. Robert Chase as its director, Dr. Jobe immediately joined the effort and rapidly became one of the leading members of the Clinical Faculty, eventually attaining the rank of Clinical Professor.

Dr. Jobe was highly respected, both as a teacher and as a surgeon and colleague. As proof of the latter he served as President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. The residents adored him, and he was the recipient of the first Residents' Award for Teaching. His often innovative approach to difficult surgical problems will be long remembered, as will his kindness, openness and wry humor.

Dr. Jobe shared generously of his time and expertise both at home and abroad. He was among the founders of Interplast, served as its President and made more than 65 trips to underdeveloped countries. He was also the co-founder of RSF-Earthspeak where with his wife, Andi, he made heroic efforts to teach proper speech after cleft palate surgery.

Another pioneer in our specialty has left us, but will be long remembered by the many people whose lives he touched.

Lars M. Vistnes, MD

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