Dr. Wilbur passed away November 24, 2017
December 15, 1937 – November 24, 2017
David Wesley Wilbur, PhD, ’72, of Redlands, California, died surrounded by his loving family on November 24, 2017, from complications related to cancer. He was 79. He is survived by his wife, Sharen, his daughter Alyssa and two of his three sons Colin and Mark. David was predeceased by his son, Tristan. He is also survived by his grandson Wesley, his brothers Irv and John and sister, Eve. He inherited by marriage two additional children, Kyle and Marilyn.
Dave W. Wilbur was born December 15, 1937, in Hinsdale, Illinois. Getting an education was encouraged early by Dave’s mother whom he honored by graduating from Pacific Union College in 1961. He went on to UC Berkeley on the Donner Fellowship where he graduated in 1965 with a PhD in biophysics. His professional career began as a scientist in the Bio-Med Division of Lawrence Livermore Laboratories where his research included cell kinetics, hematology, chemotherapy and the immune system. In 1967, Dave moved to Loma Linda to join the physiology and biophysics staff at the Loma Linda University Medical School. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1971 and completed a Fellowship in Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York. He returned to Loma Linda University as Medical school faculty in 1976. He joined the staff at the VA Medical Center in 1977 and became Chief of Oncology and Hematology in 1980. This highly respected medical oncologist was notable for his modest and gentle nature in his dedicated care of his patients at LLUMC and VA Loma Linda. His intelligence and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his many patients, friends, and his family.
Dave enjoyed a very active lifestyle including: hiking with friends to great heights in many National Parks and the local Blue Mountain, basketball, running including completing 4 Los Angeles Marathons with notable times, and golfing with his wife, particularly enjoyed when overlooking the coast in Monterey. Community friends recognized his tireless pursuit of good health as a gym regular where his weekly goal was to burn 3000 calories. Snorkeling in his later years was added to travels to Hawaii and Moorea. Travels to Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, China and Russia were inspired by his love of nature and the arts particularly folk music. He enjoyed photography with stunning nature shots to his credit.
Dave loved to philosophize and was an avid reader. He mentions in his memoir of reading every book in his small school library during 5th grade. He wrote a book on religion along with several essays on such topics as: Evil and Free Will. He particularly enjoyed quoting words of the great sages.
A celebration of life memorial service is planned at Loma Linda University, Centennial Complex on January 6, 2018, from 3-5PM. Friends are welcome to join us.
Family would like to encourage planting trees in memory of Dr. David W. Wilbur at: https://www.nationalforests.org/donate/plant
(Source: Family of Dr. Wilbur)