Eugene Strandness, Jr., an internationally recognized leader in vascular surgery, died of pulmonary failure, Monday (Jan. 7) at his home in Bellevue, Wash. Strandness was 73.
"Gene was one of the founding fathers of our medical school and our medical center," said Eric Larson, professor of medicine and medical director of UW Medical Center. "He was very beloved by his patients, and truly dedicated to improving quality at UWMC."
Strandness was born in Bowman, N.D., and moved to Olympia when he was 10. He graduated from Olympia High School in 1946 and Pacific Lutheran University, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 1980. Strandness graduated from the UW School of Medicine in 1954 and joined the faculty in 1962, becoming professor of surgery in 1970. He served as head of the Division of Vascular Surgery until July 1995.
In 1997 Strandness received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UW Medical Alumni Association. He was the developer of one of the most important tools in the world for the diagnosis and tracking of vascular disease, and his research made great contributions to the understanding and treatment of arterial and venous disorders.
Strandness is survived by his wife, Edith, of Bellevue; daughters Tracy Stierle of Manchester, Wash., Jill Exner of Snoqualmie, and Sandra Strandness of Bellevue, and son Erik Strandness of Spokane.
Services will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way N.E. in Bellevue. A reception will follow. Plans for a department memorial are pending.