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Community - July 4, 2018

Obituary: Philip Eastman

Portola Valley resident and physician Dr. Philip Martin Eastman, a veteran of the Peace Corps and the U.S. Army, a teacher and a longtime practitioner at the county's public hospital, died at home on June 19 after a long illness. He was 82.

Eastman's family is planning a celebration of his life, but have not yet announced a date.

Eastman was a New Yorker, born in the Bronx in New York City and graduating from Union College in upstate New York and from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn. He completed a fellowship in hematology from the school of medicine at Stanford University.

He joined the Peace Corps as a physician in 1963 and ran a hospital in Mekele, Ethiopia. In 1967, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam, where he received a Silver Star — a medal awarded for gallantry in action, according to the Department of Defense.

Eastman returned to Ethiopia with his family after his Army service and taught at the College of Public Health in Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia.

Back in California, he joined the staff of the San Mateo County public hospital in San Mateo, where he stayed for 25 years, including three as chief of staff.

He liked to run, backpack, listen to live music, travel, build furniture and be with friends and family.

Eastman is survived by his wife Jean; sons David and Peter; and two grandchildren.

The family asks that donations in his memory be made to either Mission Hospice at 1670 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 300, in San Mateo, 94402; or to Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, 2150 Post St. in San Francisco, 94115.


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