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Dr. Dean Winn

Dean Winn

Dean Winn was first and foremost a devoted family man. He was born in San Francisco March 14, 1924, and died of complications resulting from Parkinson's disease on May 6, 2006. He graduated from the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He took advanced surgical training at Cleveland, San Francisco, and Stanford. He married Shirley Liddell from New Orleans in 1946 and they had seven children. In the Army he served in Korea, Japan, and Germany, and in the US at Letterman (San Francisco), Fitzsimmons (Denver), and Brook General (San Antonio) Army hospitals. He was one of the pioneer cardiovascular surgeons and specialized in open heart and chest surgery for 40 years, with the last 25 at the Woodland Clinic in Woodland, Calif.

Dr. Winn was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Society of Thoracic surgeons and the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years, president of his Rotary Chapter, and County Medical Society.

Dean was an avid skier, waterfowl hunter, golfer, photographer, RVer and river rafter (thanks to his seven children, all of whom were early active rafters). He enjoyed traveling to unusual places with his wife and children - Yemen, the Himalayas, the Australian Outback, the National Game Preserves and Parks of Namibia, South Africa and Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, Mongolia, China. At age 80, with an 87 year old buddy, he traveled to Antarctica and marched with the penguins.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Winn, currently of Medford; and his seven children, Peter Winn in Grand Junction, Colo., David Winn in Paris, France, Michael Winn in Asheville, North Carolina, Steven Winn in Fairfield, Iowa, Christopher Winn of Newberg, Ore., Robin Winn of Inverness, Calif., Heidi Winn of Portland, Maine; and 12 grandchildren.

He is most fondly remembered by his wife, children and friends for his strong character, his contributions to his community, his openness to diverse ideas and for his sense of humor. To his patients, he was respected and loved as a kind, humble surgeon.

Donations to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. A memorial service will be held at the Rogue Valley Manor for friends and family on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.

Arrangements by Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, Medford, Ore. 773-6162.