Theodore Barss, M.D., 90, of Medford, Ore. died peacefully June 8, 2013, with family by his side. He was born November 4, 1922, in Corvallis, Ore. to Howard and Laura (Hawks) Barss. He spent his childhood in Corvallis before the family moved to Washington D.C. in 1937.
He attended the University of Maryland and obtained his medical degree at George Washington University. He interned at University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, Ore. and did his residency at Massachusetts General in Boston, Mass.
He was in the Army Specialized Training Program from 1942-1946 and served as Captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1953-1955. In junior high Ted met Jean Beltz, his wife of 65 years. After marriage they lived in the Boston area and then in Lexington, Ky. before Ted was called back to active service. He was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., then he was assigned as Chief of Anesthesiology at the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He took his young family with him and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe during this stay.
After discharge from the Army in 1955 he looked for a place to open a private practice. Upon arrival in Medford he decided at once that "this is the place!" Here he started Anesthesia Associates and practiced for over 30 years. The partnership grew over time to more than 20 physicians today. He considered the establishment and nurturing of this "dedicated group of physicians" to be the greatest accomplishment of his career. After retiring he served on the Board of Trustees of Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation from 1988-1997.
Ted enjoyed skiing for more than 40 years and passed this interest on to all of his family and their children. Ted and Jean took many ski trips in the U.S. and Europe. Hobbies included travel, tennis, and after he retired, he developed an interest in needlepoint. He was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Richard and Roger Barss. In addition to his wife, Jean, he is survived by their three children and their families, Susan and Jeff Lathrop, of North Conway, N.H., Sally and Marc Vomocil, of Corvallis, Ore., and Steven and Kathy Barss, of Wilmot, N.H.; six grandchildren, Peter Vomocil, Sara (Vomocil) Smith, Christin, Abbi, and Jenny Lathrop, and Thomas Barss; and one great-grandchild, Wyatt Smith.
A memorial service for Ted will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2013, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Asante Foundation, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or Rogue Valley Manor Employee Scholarship Fund.