Dr. Eller passed away October 29, 2018
December 24, 1921 – October 29, 2018
Byron H. Eller ’52 passed to his rest on October 29, 2018, at the age of 96. Born December 24, 1921, in Merced, California, he grew up a farmer’s son in Simi Valley, California. He graduated from Glendale Academy in 1940 and then entered La Sierra College. At the age of 21, he was trained as a medic in the U.S. Navy and then served in the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in the South Pacific Theater of WWII. On the island of New Georgia, he earned a Silver Star for gallantry under intense enemy fire by rescuing the wounded.
He was accepted into the College of Medical Evangelists, now Loma Linda University, in 1947 and graduated in the class of 1952. Shortly after this, he and his wife, Dorothy, served as medical missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand, for almost five years. In 1957, he was invited by Dr. Bernard Briggs ’40 to enter the newly formed anesthesia residency at the CME, becoming one of its first graduates. He practiced anesthesia in the Inland Empire for 25 years. He retired in Oroville, California, and later moved to Loma Linda. He was married to Dorothy June Lashier Eller for 44 years. He is survived by two daughters, three sons, 12 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.