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obit - Thomas Alfred CALLISTER M.D., 1923 - 2006

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obit - Thomas Alfred CALLISTER M.D., 1923 - 2006

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Surnames: Callister, Talbot, Griswold, Vietor, LaFond
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Callister M.D., Thomas Alfred

CALLISTER-Thomas Alfred Callister, M.D., of Pasadena, CA, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and physician passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 27, 2006, surrounded by his family and his little dog, Becky. He was 83. Born in 1923 in Salt Lake City, UT, to Elbert J. Callister and Helen Talbot Callister, he moved with his family to Southern California during the depression and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1939 at the age of 16 and from UCLA in 1942. Following his graduation from UCLA, he attended USC Medical School under the Army's Specialized Training Program, and graduated as a 2nd Lt in the Medical Administrative Corp. During his internship, he met and married Amy Griswold, a student nurse at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. After completing his internship, he was stationed in Munich, Germany and later in Vienna, Austria where he served as a Captain at the 110th Station Hospital and where he was joined by his wife. After his tour of duty, he returned to Pasadena and finished his residency at the USC County Medical Center. During his time at the County Hospital, he was on the attending staff where he enjoyed teaching medical students. Tom was on the staff of the Huntington Memorial Hospital, and as an attending physician for the residency program devoted his time and expertise to teaching residents. In 1960, he was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society and was elected president of the Los Angeles Society of Internal Medicine in 1969. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and served on the Medical Advisory Board of Scripps Home. Tom practiced internal medicine for 40 years. He was loved and respected by both his patients and his colleagues. Tom was an avid reader, enjoyed playing tennis with family and friends, and loved to sail. He and Amy traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He was proud of his Manx and Mormon heritage. Tom was preceded in death by his brother E. Talbot Callister, and his sister Jean Vietor. He is survived by his loving wife Amy; his children Thomas Jr., Christina LaFond, and John; and 5 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held June 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the Michillinda Presbyterian Church, 700 South Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Medical Education Program at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, 100 West California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105. Arrangements by Turner & Stevens-Alhambra
Published in the Pasadena Star-News on 6/1/2006.

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