In memory of
William P. Galen M.D.
In memory of
William P. Galen M.D.
William P. Galen, MD March 17, 1925 - June 17, 2020 Bill was born in Portland; the beloved son of Harry and Ruth Galen. At age 12, Bill purchased his first camera from Fred Meyer (for 39 cents), sparking a passion for photography that remained with him throughout his life. As a student at Lincoln High School, he served as photographer for the student paper and yearbook and met Beverly, his favorite photographic subject and the love of his life. After graduating from the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU), he became a highly respected physician and one of the first Oncologists in Oregon. During his career, he served as president of both the Oregon Society of Internal Medicine and the International Society of Hyperthermia. He was as well known for his warmth and compassion as for his superb diagnostic skills. Throughout his 50+ years of practice, he remained that rare physician who is a skilled specialist and a kind, down-to-earth family doctor. For Bill, practicing medicine meant keeping current in the rapidly advancing field of Oncology as well as making house calls on wintry Portland nights and ensuring that his patients received the best possible care. Bill's devotion to and excellence in medicine was mirrored by his work as an artist. He studied photography with Minor White and hosted many internationally known photographers as a longtime member of the Photographer's Interim Workshop. In 1970 he founded the Camerawork Gallery (now housed at Emanual Hospital) and continued to serve as its director until 2004. He was inquisitive, quick to embrace and master new ideas and technologies, and generous with his knowledge and the use of his darkroom. In addition to his photographic work, Bill was a longtime lover of the arts who, with Bev, supported many music, theater, and art institutions in Portland and Palm Springs. Bill was a dedicated golfer and one of the early members of the Tualatin Country Club. He shot his first hole-in-one after the age of 76. Bill and Bev enjoyed travel the world over, including countless countries. Abroad and at home, they were quick to try new restaurants, new food experiences and new wines. A glass of wine or a bowl of fresh Oregon berries would make an appropriate toast to his memory. Bill loved social gatherings and was usually the first one on the dance floor. Before cell phones made it easy, Bill documented every occasion with a photo. Those of us on the receiving end treasure the moments that he captured. At family gatherings, Bill would take the traditional group photo, requiring an increasingly wide angle lens as his children and great grandchildren joined the scene. Fall apple cider pressing at Bill and Bev's house on Shattuck Road was among the favorite family traditions. Bill is survived by his wife of 74 years, Bev; brother, Morris; brother-in-law, Howard (Kim); daughters, Lindsay and Christie (Marshall); sons, Edward (Ann) and Davis; as well as nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). We thank Loving Care Providers for taking care of Bill in the last year of his life. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory please consider supporting the Pacific Northwest Photographer's Archive ( pnparchive.org ) or the charity of your choice. Burial was held under Covid-19 restrictions at Beth Israel Cemetery June 21, 2020. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
William P. Galen M.D.
William P. Galen, MD March 17, 1925 - June 17, 2020 Bill was born in Portland; the beloved son of Harry and Ruth Galen. At age 12, Bill purchased his first camera from Fred Meyer (for 39 cents), sparking a passion for photography that remained with him throughout his life. As a student at Lincoln High School, he served as photographer for the student paper and yearbook and met Beverly, his favorite photographic subject and the love of his life. After graduating from the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU), he became a highly respected physician and one of the first Oncologists in Oregon. During his career, he served as president of both the Oregon Society of Internal Medicine and the International Society of Hyperthermia. He was as well known for his warmth and compassion as for his superb diagnostic skills. Throughout his 50+ years of practice, he remained that rare physician who is a skilled specialist and a kind, down-to-earth family doctor. For Bill, practicing medicine meant keeping current in the rapidly advancing field of Oncology as well as making house calls on wintry Portland nights and ensuring that his patients received the best possible care. Bill's devotion to and excellence in medicine was mirrored by his work as an artist. He studied photography with Minor White and hosted many internationally known photographers as a longtime member of the Photographer's Interim Workshop. In 1970 he founded the Camerawork Gallery (now housed at Emanual Hospital) and continued to serve as its director until 2004. He was inquisitive, quick to embrace and master new ideas and technologies, and generous with his knowledge and the use of his darkroom. In addition to his photographic work, Bill was a longtime lover of the arts who, with Bev, supported many music, theater, and art institutions in Portland and Palm Springs. Bill was a dedicated golfer and one of the early members of the Tualatin Country Club. He shot his first hole-in-one after the age of 76. Bill and Bev enjoyed travel the world over, including countless countries. Abroad and at home, they were quick to try new restaurants, new food experiences and new wines. A glass of wine or a bowl of fresh Oregon berries would make an appropriate toast to his memory. Bill loved social gatherings and was usually the first one on the dance floor. Before cell phones made it easy, Bill documented every occasion with a photo. Those of us on the receiving end treasure the moments that he captured. At family gatherings, Bill would take the traditional group photo, requiring an increasingly wide angle lens as his children and great grandchildren joined the scene. Fall apple cider pressing at Bill and Bev's house on Shattuck Road was among the favorite family traditions. Bill is survived by his wife of 74 years, Bev; brother, Morris; brother-in-law, Howard (Kim); daughters, Lindsay and Christie (Marshall); sons, Edward (Ann) and Davis; as well as nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). We thank Loving Care Providers for taking care of Bill in the last year of his life. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory please consider supporting the Pacific Northwest Photographer's Archive ( pnparchive.org ) or the charity of your choice. Burial was held under Covid-19 restrictions at Beth Israel Cemetery June 21, 2020. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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