Dr. Bailie passed away September 11, 2018
September 17, 1923 – September 11, 2018
Ira Eugene Bailie ’52 died at home peacefully in his sleep on the morning of September 11, 2018. He was 94 years old.
Born in Compton, CA, on September 17, 1923, he was one of two sons (Gerald) to Ira and AltaMae Bailie.
As he often said, his life wildly exceeded anything he could have imagined.
He attended Compton schools until he was drafted into the Army Air Corp during WWII. He was trained as a navigator/RADAR operator for C-47 transports. During his service, he rose to the rank of Sergeant and participated in troop carrier sorties following D-Day and throughout the remainder of the war in Europe.
Upon returning home, he worked in the oil fields while attending La Sierra College until he was accepted to the College of Medical Evangelists, now Loma Linda University School of Medicine). He graduated at the top of his class in 1952.
He and his wife, Clara, accepted a call to Asuncion, Paraguay, to build and staff a mission hospital. Over the next two decades, he built the hospital and witnessed revolutions in both Paraguay and Argentina, continued his medical training in obstetrics and gynecology and surgery, and oversaw the building of a second hospital.
Upon returning to the United States, he settled down with his wife and four children in Turlock, where he became a partner of Turlock Medical Clinic as a general surgeon.
During his time there, both sons joined him in practice.
He was active in the Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club, American Cancer Society, and American Heart Association.
His wife of 44 years, Clara Naomi Jackson Bailie died unexpectedly in July 1992 after which he traveled extensively in Russia to provide health lectures.
In 1993, he married Rita Farrar Norton Bailie, who accompanied him to Banepa, Nepal, for a three-year mission assignment. While there, he served as medical director for Scheer Memorial Hospital and coordinated efforts to expand the single-story hospital into a three-story facility that included teaching rooms for nursing and medical students.
Upon his return to Turlock, Dr. Bailie served as first assistant surgeon in the operating rooms of Emmanuel Medical Center until the age of 88, where his encyclopedic knowledge and real world experience was appreciated by his colleagues.
A published author, Dr. Bailie derived great enjoyment from crafting, submitting, and reading his letters to the editor of local newspapers.
However, his greatest satisfaction and pride came from knowing that the good education he provided for his children equipped two more doctors and two nurses to also serve their communities.
Dr. Bailie is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rita Farrar Norton Bailie MT; his children, Cheryl Mathews RN (Kenneth), Karen Franke (Cy) RN, Daryl Bailie MD (Michelle), and Karlen Bailie ’85 (Teri); 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 12 additional children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through his marriage with Rita.
From his humble beginnings in a tar paper shack in Compton to serving the health care needs of patients on three continents—and setting foot on all 7—it was an exciting life.
(Source: Family of Dr. Bailie; photo from Dignity Memorial)