December 23, 1927 – January 12, 2021
William D. Putnam ’54 was born Dec. 23, 1927, and died Jan. 12, 2021, at age 93.
“Dr. Put” was a prominent family practice physician in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for over 20 years. In his early years he specialized in delivering babies; later in life he loved surprise encounters with the individuals he had delivered. In 1978, he moved to Glendale, California, to become director of the family practice residency program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. He continued practicing medicine in various positions until age 85. He had numerous friends and colleagues from all over the world with whom he loved to stay in contact. In the summer of 2012, he moved back to Tulsa to spend his retirement with old friends in familiar places.
His children are left with the best of memories: traveling every summer, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and lazing by the pool or in the ocean. Those who knew him will never forget his matching velour tracksuits, one-piece jumpsuits, or the endless cans of hairspray used to perfect his expertly coiffed hair. His infectious laugh, endless repertoire of jokes, and wonderful life advice will be missed.
Dr. Putnam was preceded in death by Doris, his loving wife and best friend of 35 years, and is survived by his children, John Putnam, Cathey A. Putnam ’84 (Vernon K. Yamashiro ’84), Vicki Hilvitz (Todd), and stepdaughter Ann Cassell (Jack); many grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.