Friday, March 7, 2008

Gary Neale Fauskin - Gone but not forgotten

Gary Neale Fauskin

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M.D., F.A.A.P.
We are sad to announce the sudden death of our beloved Dr. Gary on February 27, 2008. Born in Fargo, ND, he joined the National Guard, then became a 1st LT. Lab Officer in the Air Force. He earned a B.S. degree from ND State College, B.S. in Medicine at UND., MD at University of Texas Southwestern, Internships and Pediatric Residency at Cedars Hospital, LA. He was an active Pediatrician from 1963 to 2006. Gary lived all of his adult life in California. He was in Pediatric Practice in El Cajon from 1986 to 2003. He worked for Mt. Health Services and Southern Indian Health until his retirement in 2006. Prior to 1986, he was a Pediatrician in Redondo Beach for 20 years. Gary was in the Dept. of Pediatrics at Grossmont, Alvarado, and Scripps East County Hospitals. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A member of SENTAC, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Medical Society, LA Pediatric Society, San Diego County Medical Society and a reviewer for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. He was published 15 times in various medical journals. He was also a member and past 2nd Vice President of the German American Societies. Gary met his wife Lana Ettelson Fauskin at Redondo Beach Medical Clinic in 1974. They formed a close friendship and became partners in life and business in 1977. He is also survived by sons Michael Thomas, James and Eric Fauskin, Jeff Ettelson and daughter Laura Drobnick; granddaughter Jennifer Fauskin; grandsons Matt and Neal Thomas and Levi Ettelson; step-granddaughters Alicia and Cirse and five step-great-grandchildren. Gary was a true renaissance man with many varied interests and talents. He played guitar, bass, banjo, piano and accordion. Loved the Big Band sound and belonged to the Germania Choir. He published pen and ink sketches and had a passion for cooking. His recipes can be found in "Gourmet," "Bon Appetite," and "Sunset Magazines." He was featured many times in the food section of several newspapers. We will miss his special smile, wry sense of humor, wisdom, good food and music. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 3 p.m., German American Societies, 1017 South Mollison Avenue, El Cajon. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.