Joseph Fremont Obituary (2021) – San Diego, California, CA
October 30, 1934 – September 11, 2021
San diego, california
Joseph C. Fremont, MD, born October 30, 1934 in Brussels, Belgium, passed away peacefully at his home in San Diego, California on Saturday September 11, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A compassionate and passionate physician for 35 years with Kaiser Medical Group, he led their efforts in San Diego to understand and humanely treat HIV and AIDS patients – men, women and children – in the mid-1980s. in the best sense of the word, a gentleman. In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when stigma and transmission issues led many healthcare workers to avoid or abruptly interact with HIV patients, Joe was a compassionate and dedicated physician who entered with calm and courage. in the bedroom of an AIDS patient, setting an example and a high standard of patient care. He often said that he had learned so much from his patients just by listening to them carefully.
Bossy and meticulous in his professional life, Joe’s family loved him as a calm man with a dry and playful sense of humor, a deep knowledge of world history and events, and an extraordinary ability to locate chocolate. , no matter where he was hidden in the house. . He was one of the Jewish children hidden in a Belgian Catholic boarding school during World War II, and emigrated to the United States in 1950, landing in Chicago with his family: parents, Aaron and Sally Freilich, sister Rehla (Schneier) ( deceased) and brother, Albert Frémont. He graduated from Von Steuben High School and received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School in 1959. After completing one year each of internship and residency in internal medicine at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago, he became an epidemic intelligence officer. of Communicable Disease Center (CDC) on mission in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington. Upon his release in 1963, he began an infectious disease residency at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. After completing his residency in 1967, he joined the Kaiser Permanente medical group at their newest hospital in Bellflower, California. He was initially chief of the infectious diseases department, then chief of medicine at Bellflower, from 1972 to 1978. Leaving that position, he moved to the new facilities of Kaiser in San Diego, becoming chief of infectious diseases at Zion. . Regarded as a physician, having received many awards, he retired in 1999. Upon retirement, he enjoyed travel, theater, film and music for many years before being diagnosed with Lewy Body Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia in 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Beverly, and his children, Suzanne (Jacques Distler); David (Kim Rioux), Eric (Adrian), Allen (deceased) (Chloe Bird), Radha (Binod Dhakal) and grandchildren, Jack (Katie Heasely); Matthew Schagrin (Emily); Rachel Schagrin; Kendra; Lauren Distler (Jonathan White); Avi Distler; Jérémy Bird-Fremont; Evan Bird-Fremont; Navya and Nir Dhakal. Donations to UNICEF or the Jacobs and Cushman Food Bank in San Diego in lieu of flowers are appreciated.
Posted by San Diego Union-Tribune on September 19, 2021.