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Russell K. Laros Jr., M.D.

Russell Keller Laros Jr. M.D., beloved by family, friends and community alike, drew his last breath surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 17, 2017, in hospice in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 81 years old and had struggled with dementia for several years. He and his family were long time Tiburon and Marin County residents.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Abigail Stone Laros; three children, Russell Keller Laros, Ann Laros-Weaver, and Rebekah K. Laros; and five grandchildren.

Russ's career of nearly 50 years as an obstetrician brought thousands of souls into this world and touched many thousands more as a professor and mentor to medical students, residents, and fellows.

He was a caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, whose energy, intelligence and zest for life will be missed.

Russell was born January 25, 1936, at St. Luke's Hospital, the youngest of five children and only son, to Russell K. and Helen K. Laros of Bethlehem, Penn. He graduated cum laude from The Choate School and went on to attend Harvard University, where he received his bachelor of science in 1957. He attended Temple University for both medical school and his residency. After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1967, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1967 to 1973, where he completed his fellowships in maternal-fetal medicine and hematology. Dr. Laros spent the majority of his career as a professor and physician at University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Laros was known around the world as the "father of high-risk obstetrics" and wrote "Blood Disorders in Pregnancy" in 1986.

Throughout his life, he remained deeply interested and involved in the town he called home, Bethlehem, Penn., and served first as a trustee and ultimately as chairman of the R. K. Laros Foundation from 1967 until his death.

Dr. Laros was recognized throughout his life with numerous accolades, awards, and honors such as the city of Bethlehem's 250th Anniversary "Spirit of Bethlehem" Award in 1991, Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in Recognition of Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Practice in 1996; an Appreciation Award from the Bethlehem YMCA in 1998 and six Outstanding Teaching Awards from the UCSF School of Medicine 2005-2010, which also has the Russell K. Laros Endowed Chair in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
He was also a past president of the Pacific College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and San Francisco Gynecological Society. In 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award in philanthropy from the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In association with this award, Dr. Laros was recognized by the Senate of the State of Pennsylvania and the U.S. House of Representatives.

A memorial service will be held at UCSF on Monday, June 26 at 4 PM at Millberry Union in Golden Gate & City Lights room, 500 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. A separate service will be held in Bethlehem, Penn., at Rosemont Lutheran Church.

Tributes and donations to the memory of Dr. Russell K. Laros Jr. may be made to: The R.K. Laros Foundation, www.RKLarosfoundation.org; Hospice Of Kona, www.hospiceofkona.org; and the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, www.makeagift.ucsf.edu/russell-laros.

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