Born in Salinas, CA. on Jan. 7, 1924, fourth-generation Californian, Dr. Bill Reeves rode to higher ground on Sept. 12, 2010, after a brief illness. Having served as a naval officer in the Pacific during WWII, Dr. Reeves graduated from Stanford University and Stanford School of Medicine. He began his OB/GYN career in Los Altos in 1955, delivering thousands of babies during his 40 years in private practice. Dr. Reeves was a founder of El Camino Hospital where he served as its first medical chief of staff. Dr. Reeves was heavily involved in the establishment of the RotaCare Free Health Clinic as well as starting the Older Adult Resource Center. He served for many years on the Hospital Board and remained active on the Foundation’s Board until his death.
Dr. Reeves was also a true steward of the land, the patriarch of the Cienega Del Gabilan Ranch near San Juan Bautista, a family working cattle ranch which he felt “was the glue that held the family together.” An avid horseman, Dr. Reeves’ love of nature and animals was only surpassed by his love of family and friends. He lived every day to the fullest and enjoyed the journey of life.
Dr. Reeves was a member of the Los Altos Country Club, the Rancheros Visitadores group and a supporter of Stanford Athletics.
Dr. Reeves is survived by his fiancee, Pat Pierce; three children, Lauren Reeves Boyle (Darrell) of Los Gatos, Bill Reeves (Laura) of Los Altos, and Michael Reeves (Cindy) of San Juan Bautista; his sister Marilyn Baldocchi (Don), nephew and niece, all of San Francisco; seven grandchildren; and two great-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Ann in 2001.
A memorial service will be held at the Stanford Memorial Chapel on September 28, 2010, at 4:00 P.M. Spangler Mortuary of Los Altos, phone: 650-948-6619, is handling funeral arrangements. Donations in memory of Dr. Bill Reeves may be sent to El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road, WIL 210, Mountain View, CA 94040. Checks payable to El Camino Hospital Foundation.