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JEROME D. TOSSY, MD Orthopedic Surgeon Longtime Los Altos Resident February 28, 1932 - February 18, 2009 Jerry Tossy lived successfully the past thirty-seven years with the knowledge and limitations of various cancers and ancillary disabilities. His strength of character, loyalty and love of family were ever evidenced. He lived daily with joy, good humor and intellectual curiosity. He was a man of goals who was given the gift of their achievement. His inspiration and life's fulfillment was watching his three sons Curtis Vance (m. Susan Cummings), Troy McMaster and Brett Davis grow from infancy to caring, capable, contributing adults. Jerry began life in the Upper Peninsula town of Stambaugh, Michigan as the only son of Chester V. Tossy, DDS and theatrical singer and dancer Florence (Pat) Johnson, and older brother to Patricia. His formative WWII years were spent with his maternal grandparents in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for which he credits his basic learning for life. A morning and evening Minnesota bike paper route were an early challenge. Additional school years were spent in Detroit, Dearborn and Okemos, Michigan graduating from East Lansing High School. He was active in extracurricular activities including the lead in the junior class play resulting in receiving the nickname "Tootsie Tossy". He attended Michigan State University joining Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. There he met his future wife Tamara Van Buskirk in 1952 whom he later married in 1962. He attended Wayne State University Medical School during which time he was President of Nu Sigma Nu Medical fraternity. Interning at the University of Texas in Galveston led to lifelong friendships which continued through annual reunions. His orthopedic residency was through Northwestern University including the VA Research Hospital, Evanston Hospital and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The residency was followed by a hand surgery fellowship. He then served in the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, N.C. home of the Second Marine Division. In 1965, he selected the new private El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and the village of Los Altos as his home base. There he practiced active orthopedics until 1982 after which he did consulting for ten years. He ever admired his office support staff and their loyalty. He felt his medical experience was during the best of times. He truly lived "Service Above Self". He was President of Mountain View Rotary having perfect attendance for twenty years. He was President of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce hosting multi installation dinners. He supported the birth of the Festival of Lights Parade, Los Altos Midnight Run, and was the first President of the MV-LA Education Foundation. He was an early recipient of the Los Altos - Los Altos Hills Community Service Award. He was a member of the Santa Clara County Medical Society serving on various boards. He was a board member of the Palo Alto Red Cross and supported the Palo Alto YMCA. He was also a member of the Palo Alto Elks Club. Jerry enjoyed his MV and LA cards and game groups and his lunch and dinner meetings with longtime pals where conservative issues were at the forefront of conversation. He fulfilled his lifetime dreams of water activities by designing and building a waterfront home in the California Delta and cruising for twenty-three years on his 1963 forty-three foot wooden Tollycraft named Playhouse. He enthusiastically shared his view of God's beauty with family and friends. Jerry Tossy - loved and respected husband, father and friend. You are a blessing for whom we give thanks. A Navy Honor Guard presentation and burial will be held at Alta Mesa Cemetery on Friday February 27th at 10:00am directed by Spangler Mortuary, Reverend Matthew Broadbent presiding. The Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th at 1:00 PM at Foothills Congregational Church located at 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022. Their contact information is: [tel] 650-948-8430 or [email] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or [web] www.foothills-church.org. Contributions in Jerry's memory would be gratefully received by: Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022, Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 or Rotary International.

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