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Harry Henry Appeldorn, Jr

Dr. Harry Henry Appeldorn, Jr.

A dedicated physician and surgeon passed passed away peacefully at home in on March 18, 2006.

A California native, he was born in Oakland in 1924, attended Stanford University and Stanford Medical School. While there he met and married his wife Betty in 1946, a R.N. at Stanford University Hospital, a USN officer during WWII.

During the Korean War he served honorably as a physician caring for our soldiers with the skilled care they needed to get back home to the States. On his dangerous tour to Koje Do Island he had the task of overseeing the medical care of 12,000 North Korean POWS. His excellent skills as a surgeon allowed many young troops the gift of returning alive to their loved ones.

Upon Dad's return to the states he worked in a local VA hospital before opening a private practice as a GP and surgeon, retiring in 2001. his wife Betty worked alongside him in the office until her death.

Dad and Mom lived life to the fullest and traveled extensively. They sailed the SF Bay often, and enjoyed many quiet hours at their country home at the Sea Ranch. He spoke five languages with ease and was a loving father and grandfather.

His ancestors arrived in the Bay Area in the 1860s, and all his family survived the Big 1906 Quake. His grandfather and uncle were carpenters who helped to rebuild SF, with buildings that still exist today.

He is survived by his daughter:
Karen (Tom) Appeldorn-Anastasio;
son, Rob (Dianne) and
Mary (Greg) Germain.

He was the dear grandfather of seven:
Cheryl and Robert Sternberg,
Nicholas and Katherine Anastasio,
Kate and Carey Appeldorn, and
Ting Germain.

He was predeceased by his wife Betty (1957); and
son, Douglas (1975).

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate Dad and Mom's lives Sat, April 15, 2006, 1 pm, at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave.

Please make donations to the Stanford University Medical School.


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  • Added: 9 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13898587
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Henry Appeldorn, Jr (19 Jun 1924–18 Mar 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13898587, citing Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by dot (contributor 46604592) .