Roland J. Barakett, M.D. Dr Roland Barakett passed away April 11, 2017 at the age of 84, peacefully surrounded by his family at CPMC in San Francisco. Husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, teacher, confidant, mentor and Patriarch of the family. Loved and respected, he touched and impacted many people's lives and was a father figure and uncle to many. Known to be dapper and intellectual, he was a true gentleman who exemplified courage, grace and dignity. His greatest legacies were his towering strength of character, integrity, compassion and complete devotion to his wife, family, patients and lifelong friends. He had a great sense of humor, was an avid Giants and Sharks fan and was passionate about skiing, tennis, sailing, scuba diving, Broadway shows and traveling. He loved French cuisine, fine wines and champagne and the "salut" that went with them. Born outside of Montreal, Roland graduated from Laval Medical School in Quebec and came with his devoted wife to the Bay Area for his medical residency in 1958. He cherished medicine and had a private practice as a General Surgeon for 38 years. He served as Chief of Staff at CPMC, President of the SF Medical Society, and Vice Chief of Staff at Children's Hospital. He served on the Board of Directors for the SF Medical Society, FFMRE, Northern CA Health Ctr, Bay Pacific, IPA, CPMA, Health Care Foundation, SF Peer Review, as well as numerous committees/positions for CMA, AMA, and Aetna. He was a UCSF Clinical Professor for 31 years and taught at SFGH, St. Mary's, Mt. Zion, Marshal Hale, and the American Red Cross. Highly respected in the French community, he was President of the French Foundation for Medical Research and Education for 9 years and involved for 16. He was the U.S. Consul General for the Confrerie des Vignerons, a member of La League Henri IV, Le Club, the French Club, and the Chaine des Rotisseurs. He was the Regional Director and training instructor for the National Ski Patrol for 15 years and a member of the Sausalito Yacht Club. Roland is survived by the love of his life, his wife Jacqueline of 60 years, his beloved children Joan (Rob) and John (Laura), adored grandsons Tyler and Justin; cherished sister, brother and numerous nieces and nephews. The sparkle in his eyes will shine in our memory. Private services will be held in San Francisco and in Montreal. Donations in his memory can be sent to French Foundation for Medical Research & Education, 210 Post, #401, San Francisco, CA 94108.
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