Chester Yee, owner of Menlo Park Pharmacy, dies at 77


Chester Douglas Yee, a pharmacist, pharmacy professor and the owner of the Menlo Park Pharmacy, died Dec. 13 at his home in Redwood City after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 77.

Mr. Yee had a passion for his work, his son David Yee said. He practiced pharmacy in person at his shop at 1610 El Camino Real, and taught at two universities as an assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco, and as an adjunct professor of pharmacy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Chester Yee
"His dedication as a community pharmacist was an extremely rewarding aspect of his life, enabling him to make a difference in the lives of his patients, their children, and their grandchildren," David Yee said.

In the classroom, he made use of his experiences as a working pharmacist and delighted in holding an annual "Talk with a Pharmacist Day" for students to consult with patients and administer diagnostic tests, his son said.

Mr. Yee was "a fierce advocate for patients" and was active in pharmacy politics, his son said. He co-founded the San Mateo County Pharmacists Association over 40 years ago, served as the association's president, and edited its newsletter. He was also active in state and national pharmacists associations.

His recognitions included pharmacist of the year awards from the state and the county associations, several awards from UCSF, and leadership awards.

"He brought folks together from all generations, backgrounds, and personalities and will be remembered for his generosity, cooking, mentorship, sense of humor, and most of all, his love and respect for family and friends," David Yee said. He was "extremely active" as a member of the WoodsideVillage Church.

Mr. Yee is survived by sons David and Mark, brother Albert, and many relatives from his extended family.

A memorial service has been held. Donations may be made to the Woodside Village Church or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Mr. Yee's name.

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