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Obituary: Bruce Halperin, M.D., Woodside resident

Original post made on Sep 14, 2016

Woodside resident Dr. Bruce D. Halperin died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on Sept. 8 while hiking in Montana with his wife, Valerie Halperin. He had recently celebrated his 63rd birthday.

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Comments (13)

Posted by Joy Bella Saylor
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

Dr Bruce Halperin was a top-notch physician, an impromptu comedian, and an incredible man. I have never seen a person take more pleasure in life, and he brought humor and joyfulness to all that he touched. Valerie, his incredible adoration for you was apparent to all. I wish you receive any support and love that delivers you through this painful, painful loss.

Posted by Kevin Dolan
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Bruce was an incredible man. I had the pleasure of working beside him in the OR for many years and being one of his comedic sidekicks at work. He was a great physician and friend. He was selfless; always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be sorely missed. Long live the dufus chair! (please don't delete, anyone who knew Bruce knew of the dufus chair)

Posted by Kell C
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

I along with many others am sadened by this news. Bruce was one of the great one's! So sincere and so funny. What an incredible human being who some how always made you feel like you were part of the family.

I had the pleasure of working with Bruce as well as being patient of his a number of times. His calming demeanor sprinkled with just the right amount of humor made him one special and unique individual. Rest in peace Bruce, There is no doubt that there are so many lives you have touched just by being you. God Bless!

Posted by Leonard Walsh
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

Bruce was a great doctor I knew him for 35 years from Stanford Hospital.His humor will be missed. RIP

Posted by Mary Durando
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm

What a pleasure and honor to have known and work with Bruce since he came to Stanford in 1980. He was a true professional, a great collegue and a very caring health care provider. His sense of humor was always welcomed and often made our day. God be with you in your time of loss, Valarie. Burce loved you very much.

Posted by bruce fairmam
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm

this is truly sad news. Bruce and i have worked together for over 20 years on Old La Honda Road as part of the Old La Honda Road Association. he was significant contributor to the achievements of the OLHRA as both a member of the road committee and as a member of the association.
his insightful intelligence and piquaant humor will be sorely missed.

bruce fairman

Posted by Allan MIshra
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 16, 2016 at 6:14 am

I have blessed to work with Dr. Halpren for more than 20 years. He was a stellar physician with superior skills and instincts. I personally witnessed his excellence in the operating room. He treated each patient with a unique combination of technical expertise and humor. He also handled very difficult situations with aplomb.

Dr. Halpren was a fantastic physician but an even better person. His infectious laugh and optimistic demeanor inspired everyone he encountered. The community lost one of its best citizens with the passing of Dr. Halpren. I for one will miss my friend.

Posted by Nancy & Marty
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

We mourn this dearest friend. Everyone who knew him will feel the same way. He was someone who made a difference every day in the lives of everyone around him. My girlfriend, his wife, the rosy, shining apple of his eye, was a perfect match for him in every way. That he is gone has shifted our earth, too. We are in deep mourning.

Posted by Jen Novak
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

I just heard tonight about the sudden passing of Bruce. I am shocked and saddened by the news along with all that knew him. I've known Bruce for 20+ years and he was such a character, always able to put a humorous and positive spin on almost everything. Bruce was a fine anesthesiologist and a critical partner in the AA medical group. Stanford and all the community surgery centers will miss his Brucisms for sure! Valerie, as one writer wrote before me, Bruce's love for you, his best friend and wife was so apparent and I hope the memories you have made together can somehow fill the void you will be facing. It's hard not to laugh or smile when you think about Bruce. Even if you didn't know Bruce that well, he made you feel like you were important to him. A very lovely and unique quality for sure. My heart is reaching out to you today as you process all that has happened. Big big hugs from all of the Novak's are beaming to you tonight. Rest in peace Bruce.

Posted by Sue Walker
a resident of another community
on Oct 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

I only knew Dr. Halperin for a few years. I was a patient of his when I was having surgery with Dr. Goranson. I requested him on numerous occasions. I only found out about this a few weeks ago. I was shocked. I saw him August 19, 2016, when I had shoulder surgery. He had many stories that made me laugh. I made sure to have him finish a story he had not completed during a previous surgery...because he medicated me and I fell asleep. But this last surgery is memorable indeed! He told me: "Here comes the white wine." I said: "I don't like wine." Then it hit me and I said: "Oh yeah! That's good!" I was laughing with him as I fell asleep. I need to have yet another surgery and requested him. That's how I found out about this. It is sad news indeed! My thought, prayers, and condolences to his wife, family, friends, colleagues, and all others who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by bruce adornato
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

I just learned of this tragedy. I knew Bruce back when he was an intern. Always a topnotch doctor, a friend, an honest man.. all the things we admire. I will miss his insight and humor. So sad and unjust to lose him

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

pogo is a registered user.

Bruce was a wonderful, friendly man. I'm so sorry to hear of his death.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Karla House
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

It's an unusual sunny day in SF with plans to get out and enjoy the sun. one obligations first than to the Farmers Market, check to see if I had Bruce's correct phone number to call his office on Monday April,24,2017. I can't stop crying.

I was a client of Dr Bruce for many surgeries staring in 2005 when introduced by Dr Dillingham. I requested Bruce for all 10 of my surgeries, he than was know as our family anesthesiologist. I wouldn't trust any another doctor. He made us feel safe when we would hear his voice and make his jokes.

He would always tease the nurses about wearing Capri pants, and how they made their derriere look unflattering large, and low. I played a trick by having my 16yr daughter pick me up after one of my surgery wearing Capri's and very high heels, he enjoyed the joke.

And Valerie, why do I feel we've met? It could be due to him talking about you, his love of his live, all the time. I feel for you.

Well, Bruce would tell me to stop crying and get out to enjoy the beautiful SF day. And I hope when Bruce entered the pearly gates God was wearing Capris. Thank you for being you as you will be missed .

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