J. Bernard L. Gee has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored.
Born in Crewe, England, Bernard is the only child of Alice (nee Shields) and Francis Horace Gee. Francis had a long career with the London railroad system and Alice was a nurse who started her own midwifery during WWII and then afterward in Kenton, a suburb of London.
Bernard attended Merchants and Tailors School as an exceptional student and went on to win scholarship to Oxford University. He received his BA, MSc and MA degrees from St. John’s College, Oxford, and continued his medical studies at Oxford and Guy’s Hospital, London.
He served as lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps for two years in Libya. Returning to London, he continued his medical studies and received his M.R.C.P. from the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Bernard emigrated from England to Canada as a Research and Teaching Fellow at McGill University, Montreal. He came to the U.S. to teach as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He went on to teach at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he focused on his specialty in pulmonary medicine as Chief, and then Associate Director, Pulmonary Service with the VA Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
Bernard moved on to become a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine, in Pulmonary Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. As a member of the core staff of principal investigators at Yale’s Lung Research Center, he participated in extensive published work showing the correlation between smoking tobacco and occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. After 27 years of achievement and recognition, Bernard retired from Yale in 1997, honored as Professor Emeritus of Medicine.
Bernard has three children (Christopher, Alison and David) from his first marriage Ruth W. Gee (nee Squire). He has two step-daughters (Rebecca and Elizabeth) from his second marriage to Peggy Gee in 1993. Peggy introduced him to the sunshine of southern California living.
Bernard’s been an avid bridge player with the South Bay Bridge Group and participated in classes through Omnilore (through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSUDH).
He loves classical music — his love of Wagner, Mahler, Dvorak and all the “usual suspects” knows no bounds. He would pore over music scores and librettos to learn the depth of the music he loves to hear. An avid opera-goer, Bernard has been thrilled to attend local movie theatre presentations of live Metropolitan Opera performances. His vast collection of classical CDs and opera DVDs attests to his many hours of listening pleasure.
He loves travel, witty conversation, good wine and good food. But for Bernard most dear to his heart is his love of books — which he confirmed by his weekly visits to the PV Library and filling his sturdy book bag inscribed with the Thomas Jefferson quote, “I cannot live without books.”
Bernard’s a man of medicine, music, learning and books. We’re glad that he’s with us at Caring House. We look forward to being a place of peace and comfort for him and his family.
Bernard died on August 18, 2016. Honor him. Remember him.