Philip E. Fluvog, M.D. ’55, Res. ’61
Philip Ernest Fluvog, M.D., born May 26, 1921, died July 28, 2010 in his Seattle home. He is survived by his wife, Esther, his children: Joanne, Brent, Eric, Craig and Jill, three grandchildren: John Philip Fluvog, Stephen Johnson and Beth Johnson, his brother, Dr. James Fluvog (Lee), and many friends.
Born in Barton, N.D., Phil spent his early years on the family's rural farm. He left to join the Army Air Corps and was a World War II flight instructor in Bakersfield, Calif. Following his career in the service, he returned to school, attending the University of California, Berkeley, the University of North Dakota Medical College, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He practiced as a general and thoracic surgeon in Seattle.
After retiring, Phil pursued new interests, earning another educational certificate, learning American Sign Language and enjoying several years serving as Santa on 6th and Pine in Seattle, Wash. Phil had a passion for adventure. He loved flying and frequently took his family with him. That same spirit led him to build a foundation on a vacant piece of land off Genesee Park and move there. He loved nature, and he and Esther hiked Mount Si on many Wednesdays. Phil, Esther and their four oldest children (then ages 10–17) summited Mount Rainier in September 1963. The family also went on weekly ski trips for many years. Phil is remembered for donning a swimsuit whenever the sun was out on the mountain and was, fortunately, a very good skier. While his interests were far-reaching, all of them were surpassed by his love for family, and his face lit up at the sight of his grandkids, to whom he offered interesting advice with an incredible sense of humor.
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