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Obituaries

DAVID A. LONDON, M.D.

OBIT DavidLondon

Devoted husband, father, and physician.  
March 14, 1950 - March 26, 2014.
28-year resident of Portola Valley, California. 

We mourn the loss of David, beloved husband, best friend and soul mate to his wife, Valerie, and adored Papa to their son, Benjamin. He was loved, respected, and admired by innumerable friends, family and colleagues. He was a gifted Radiologist and a natural educator.

David was born in Miami Beach, Florida, where his love for the ocean, boating and fishing flourished. He graduated from Hamilton College, New York, class of 1971. David chose a career in medicine, following in the footsteps of his parents, Rose E. London, MD and Seymour B. London, MD, his grandfather Ettore Perrone, MD, his uncles Francis Perrone, MD and Hector Perrone, MD, and his sister Elizabeth Rogers, MD. In 1975, he graduated from medical school at Yale University. He subsequently completed his Radiology residency at Stanford University and a Fellowship at UCSF, where he was also on faculty. While at Stanford University, Dr. London developed a technique, using a modified ocular ultrasound transducer, to image the neonatal brain via the fontanel in order to search for intracranial hemorrhages in premature infants. At UCSF, David was a member of the early team developing NMR imaging, now referred to as MRI.  In 1983, David joined the El Camino Radiologists Medical Group and the medical staff of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, where he worked until his retirement in 2005. 

David had an adventuresome spirit and an incredibly strong work ethic. He had a passion for a wide range of interests which included boating, fishing, sailing, whitewater kayaking, skiing, horseback riding, archery, bicycling, cooking, adventure travel, the arts, and philanthropy.

He was an extraordinary individual and will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. We will always cherish the memory of his integrity, his compassion, his generosity, his intellect, his love for his family, and his commitment to living life to its fullest.

Valerie and Benjamin extend their sincere thanks to the family, friends, colleagues, and medical team that provided care, comfort and support to David. We especially extend our deepest gratitude for the love, friendship, support and medical expertise given 24/7 by our dear friend Bruce Beck, MD and his wife Kathy Marini Beck, MD.

A private service will be held off the coast of Florida aboard David’s boat, Destiny. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in memory of David A. London, M.D., to Seacology, attention Aaron Rashba, www.seacology.org, Berkeley, CA, or American River Conservancy, attention Alan Ehrgott, www.arconservancy.org, Coloma, CA.

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