On December 26, 2019, Dr. Charles R. McElroy passed away peacefully in his home in Pacific Palisades.
Dr. McElroy was born on September 22, 1942, in Richland, Washington. He attended the University of Washington where he graduated with honors in 1964. He went on to attend the School of Medicine at the University of Washington and graduated in 1968.
During his impactful career, Dr. McElroy amassed many accomplishments. He served two years in the military at the US Public Health Service Hospital in San Francisco where he became head of the US Public Health Service/VA Hypertension Research Project and was voted Teacher of the Year in 1973.
In 1974, Dr. McElroy became an associate professor at UCLA, teaching medicine to house staff in the emergency room. He was promoted to associate professor level III and was voted Teacher of the Year in 1975.
While teaching medicine, Dr. McElroy was also the head of the emergency room at UCLA, serving as director of emergency medicine. He founded the Department of Emergency Medicine Residency program at UCLA. He was appointed by the Los Angeles City Fire Chief to create and run the first Prehospital Care Standards Committee.
After his accomplished career at UCLA, Dr. McElroy went on to private practice at Westside Internal Medicine where he worked until he retired in 2011. Dr. McElroy enjoyed spending time in his garden, hiking in the mountains above Malibu, traveling to all parts of the world and spending time with his dear friends and family. He was loved by so many.
Dr. McElroy is survived by his wife Judi, his two sons Kyle and Bryan, his stepdaughter Shay Burns, his daughters in law Amy and Victoria, and his granddaughters Makena and Hana.
A memorial service to honor and remember Dr. McElroy will be held at the Skirball Center, Ahmanson Ballroom, February 29 at 11 a.m.
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