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James P. Geiger, M.D.

Colonel (Ret.) James P. Geiger, M.D. passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2015. James was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, and earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. James proudly served his country for 23 years with integrity, dedication, and distinction in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army. For his service he received 13 awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct, an award that he earned twice in his career. His army career included service in Europe, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and postings across the United States from West Point, NY to San Francisco, CA. While in Vietnam he served as The Surgical Consultant to the U.S. Army for one year. James concluded his military service as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

After his military retirement, James continued his medical practice for 27 more years as a cardiothoracic surgeon in San Francisco at St. Mary's Medical Center and in Marin County at Marin General Hospital. He was highly valued as a skilled surgeon and as an astute clinician. Throughout his medical career James found great purpose and fulfillment while teaching young physicians the science and art of medicine. He was a man of honor and dedication who helped countless people in his lifetime of service. James was an enthusiastic sailor at San Francisco Yacht Club, he served a term as commodore at Presidio Yacht Club, and he enjoyed golf at Marin Country Club. James loved travel, enjoyed wines and wineries, and enjoyed socializing with friends and colleagues. Above all, he cherished his wife, family, and home life.

James was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by Helen, his wife of nearly 65 years; and their children, James L. Geiger (Cheryle), Susan Kearns (Allen), Lisa Geiger (Graeme), and Margret Lordon (Stephen); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, Mill Valley, CA on May 2 at 2 P.M. with a reception to follow. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. James P. Geiger may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

(Published April 29, 2015)

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