Dr. Jutzy passed away January 4, 2018

May 4, 1924 – January 4, 2018

NOTE: A more complete obituary is available at news.llu.edu.

Humble. Compassionate. Generous. That was Roy Jutzy, MD. If ever a person embodied the definition of selfless service, he was the one. From nearly the moment the board decided medical education should be consolidated in Loma Linda in 1962, he began dedicating more than four decades of his life and work to the School of Medicine and Loma Linda University Health.

On Thursday, he passed away.

“When I heard the news, I stopped in my tracks and realized what an important moment this was,” School of Medicine Dean Roger Hadley, MD, said. “Not only was Roy Jutzy a superb clinician, but he was also a man devoted to the service of others. His contributions to the university and the School of Medicine are immeasurable.”

 Jutzy earned his bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College in 1949 and completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University (then the College of Medical Evangelists) in 1952. He practiced family medicine for two years in rural Washington before accepting a call to serve in the Philippines where he spent four years, returning to the U.S. in 1959. He was appointed to a staff cardiologist position at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1965 and quickly became known as the “go-to” cardiologist at the medical center, advancing as Division Chief of Cardiology in 1979 and Chair of the Department of Medicine 1990.

He sought to bring humanitarian aid to the far corners of the world as a member of the university’s Overseas Heart Surgery Team. Over a span of two decades, Jutzy used his cardiovascular expertise on nine missions to Greece, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, China and Mongolia often accompanied by his children and beloved wife of 68 years, Betty.

In 1998, the university celebrated Jutzy’s contributions with the University Distinguished Service Award followed by the University Alumnus of the Year Award in 2002.

To honor all that Jutzy gave of himself to this institution and community, the Roy and Kenneth Jutzy Endowed Chair for Cardiology has been established by colleagues, friends and family. To donate, please click through the link in the previous sentence. Specify which fund you wish to support by selecting “Other” in the Gift Information drop down menu. Under Tribute Information, you may specify the type as “In honor of” or “In memory of” Dr. Roy Jutzy.

(Source: Kristen Hwang, Dean’s Office, LLU School of Medicine)