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Eugene H. Galen, MD: 1934-2018

Eugene H. Galen, MD, a longtime medical staff member, passed away in his Beverly Hills home after a prolonged illness on April 16. He was 84.

Beginning in 1963, Galen was an active member of the medical staff as an attending in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. He retired from practice in 1997 and afterward remained on emeritus status.

Galen was born on January 16, 1934, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and graduated from high school in 1952, where he was president of the student council and played the trumpet in the high school band.

After high school, Galen attended The Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded an academic scholarship and was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Fraternity. He graduated ninth in his class in 1955 with both general and departmental honors.

Galen earned his medical degree in 1959 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at The Boston City Hospital Medical Center and at The University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, finishing his education with a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, who gave him full quality of life during his illness. The couple was married for almost 58 years. He also is survived by his children, Steve Galen, MD, and Douglas Galen, DDS, along with 6 grandchildren.

Galen’s contributions and invaluable service to the medical center and the community will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jewish Federation, or to a charity of choice.