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Dr. Holger Rasmussen

Dr. Holger Rasmussen passed away peacefully on Feb. 3, 2014, with his family and beloved dog at his side. He was 88.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 23, 2014, at Sierra Presbyterian Church at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City

Born March 1, 1925, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the third son of six born to Frederik and Faith Rasmussen.

Ras, as he was affectionately known, was a veteran of World War II. He survived 30 days in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. Attending medical school at Temple University after the war, he began a career as a family physician in Fremont, Calif., in 1954. He served as chief of staff at Washington Hospital, as president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as on the board of the Doctor's Malpractice Insurance Company. He was respected and admired by his fellow physicians and patients for his ability to determine a diagnosis before test results were completed.

He was a believer in education and served several years as president of the Fremont Unified school board and helped found Ohlone Community College. Ras was also instrumental in establishing the Washington Out Patient Surgery Center and served on the board for nine years.

He had a wonderful dry, and sometimes wicked, sense of humor. Ras loved to tease and respected you more if you teased him back. He was also an avid sports fan, especially of football and basketball.

Ras is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married in 1975; sons Dwight and David (Glennis); daughters Karen (Peter) and Faith (John); grandchildren David, Angelica, Michael and Peter; and brothers John and David.

In 1990, he and Linda moved to Lake Wildwood. He continued his medical practice on a part-time basis until 2012 and worked to develop methods for improving the quality and efficiency of medical care.

He was a humble man who never touted his accomplishments. He had a deep faith in God and spent his life helping others, be it with his medical expertise, his financial resources or his time.

Donations may be made to either Friends of Hospice, P.O Box 81, Nevada City, CA 95946 or Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Hwy., Grass Valley, CA 95945.

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