Dr. Gerald Severin, the first dermatologist to practice in the Livermore Valley, died last Thursday after a 12-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis and metastatic cancer. He was 82.
His life of service to his patients and the community will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 5th St., Livermore. A reception will follow.
Dr. Severin treated thousands of patients at his office in Livermore next to Valley Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff for two years. He practiced for over 32 years before closing his office to accept a request to run the dermatology department at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Livermore. He ran that program for six years before retiring at the age of 70.
After completing his internship in Minneapolis, he and his wife, Charlotte, spent eight months traveling the world before fulfilling his doctor’s draft commitment as a battalion surgeon in Germany. They planned this extended trip because they knew he would never be able to take that much time after establishing his practice.
Dr. Severin held a pilot’s license for small planes and flew family and friends to many destinations. He enjoyed snow skiing and the family often took ski vacations. The family also enjoyed rafting trips, including Class 5 rapids on the American River.
Active in community groups, he served on the board of the YMCA and chaired the renovation of the rectory at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton for use as a YMCA community center. He also served on the Livermore-Amador Symphony board, was a lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Livermore and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.
He was a past-president of the San Francisco Dermatologic Society, which selected him as Practitioner of the Year. He also was an active member of the Alameda-Contra Costa and the California Medical associations as well as North American Clinical Dermatologic Society. After he retired, he volunteered weekly at the Axis Community Health clinic in Pleasanton.
Dr. Severin was born May 5, 1934 in Burlingame and grew up on the Peninsula. He was the student body president of the first graduating class from Menlo-Atherton High School, and later graduated from Stanford University, completing his under-graduate work and medical degree there.
In addition to his wife of 58 years, Charlotte, he leaves his children Jack Severin (Myrna) of Pleasanton, Kim Coberg (Thaddeus) of Livermore; Julie Frey (Andy) of Pleasanton; his sister, Sue Severin of Oregon; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The family prefers contributions in his memory to: First Presbyterian Church of Livermore, 2020 5th St., 94550; Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Ave., Dublin, 94568; the Livermore Rotary Club’s Coaniquem Center Foundation for children in Chile, 29 Palm Beach Lane, Alameda, Ca. 94502, Attn. Carolyn Schuetz, and Axis Community Health, 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton, 94588.