Alan SeyferIssue Date: October 14, 2020
Alan Seyfer, 75, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Tx., surrounded by family, after a battle with interstitial lung disease.
Born in August of 1945 in Fort Smith, Ark., to Robert and Teresa Seyfer, he graduated from West Point and earned a degree in engineering and was assigned to a missile unit in Milwaukee, where he met Glenna Stuart, formerly of Peshtigo who became his wife for 52 years. They married in 1968 and he was posted to Okinawa, Japan.
In 1969, he entered Louisiana State University School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. He then completed surgical fellowships at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Harvard, Sloan-Kettering and Duke University. In the 1980s, he was chief of plastic surgery and hand surgery at Walter Reed. In 1989, he retired as a Colonel and the family moved to Portland, Or., where he chaired the Plastic and Hand Surgical Divisions at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine.
He built two large surgery training programs and his research team won multiple National Institutes of Health grants for their work on bone regenerating proteins. He and his colleagues published more than 100 articles and textbook chapters and he authored a surgical atlas on chest wall reconstruction, but it was the daily teaching of his residents, fellows, interns and med students that he loved most. The medical students at OHSU honored him with many teaching awards. In 2002.
He retired from OHSU and accepted Distinguished Professorships in Anatomy and Surgery at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. While there, he served two terms as president of the Maryland State Anatomy Board, an ethics and policy review committee for human tissue use. In 2018, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's Long School of Medicine, serving as a professor in its Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy and as a professor of surgery.
His happiest moments were spent with his wife Glenna, with whom he traveled all over the world and his two daughters.
He is survived by his wife, Glenna; two daughters, Tara (Joe) Plymouth of Philadelphia, Pa. and Jessie (Jeffry) Seyfer Chorney of Alameda, Ca.; a sister, Maria Tebbetts, MD, of San Antonio, Tx. and two grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Pitts.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Antonio, followed by burial at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Funeral services are being provided by Porter Loring Mortuaries (porterloring.com). Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Lung Association (lung.org)
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