In memory of
John Baker Girard October 20, 1943 - February 8, 2015 Dr. John Baker Girard died on February 8 at the age of 71. He passed away at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, where he had spent nearly 40 years practicing obstetrics and gynecology, delivering babies and caring for patients. His medical practice, colleagues and beloved patients were central to Dr. Girard's life and happiness, as were his family and friends. Dr. Girard had a calming disposition, acute sensitivity and love for unabashed, untamed laughter, which he always believed to be the best medicine. Alongside his late wife Katie Rose, Dr. Girard dedicated his passion and livelihood to the Alta Bates community and women and infant care. Dr. Girard played a key role in bringing a group of truly outstanding Obstetricians/ Gynecologists to Alta Bates; he was the senior partner of Berkeley - Orinda Women's Health Group before becoming a founding partner of East Bay Physicians Medical Group, working with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation in 2005. During his tenure at Alta Bates, Dr. Girard also served as OB/GYN Department Chairman and Medical Staff President. Dr. Girard married his first wife Nancy JoAnn Lyke of Arcadia, California in 1967. The couple moved to Piedmont in 1974 where they raised their four children Danielle (Mrs. Christopher Kraus), Nicole (Mrs. Blake Kennedy), Thomas and Stephen. In 2006, Dr. Girard married longtime Alta Bates colleague Katie Rose. Dr. Girard is survived by his four children as well as his twin brother, Dr. Donald Girard, and four grandchildren Claire and Jack Kraus, and Luke and William Kennedy. Gifts in memory of Dr. Girard can be given to the Women and Infants Fund at Alta Bates Summit Foundation, 2855 Telegraph Ave Ste 601, Berkeley, CA 94705 or online at betterhealtheastbay.org/girard .
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