LeRoy “Roy” H. Stahlgren
June 21, 1924
November 21, 2016
LeRoy “Roy” H. Stahlgren passed away November 21, 2016 after a remarkable life well lived. Born in Erie Pennsylvania on June 21, 1924, he left for the University of Pennsylvania at age 16 and received his medical credential 5 years later. Soon after, he joined the Navy and proudly served in the Medical Corps in Guam where he refined his craft. He returned to complete his surgical residency training and to enjoy a long, varied and distinguished surgical career in the States, including years of teaching as a Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Temple, Mount Sinai and Colorado, where he was thrice being honored as “Teacher of the Year”. As Chief of Surgery at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Short Hills, NJ and Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, he was responsible for the training of hundreds of surgical residents over the years, while finding time to author more than a hundred scientific papers and two medical texts. A man of compassion and caring, Roy regularly volunteered his skills to those in need in Ecuador, Congo, India, China and Thailand.
His first marriage led to four wonderful children: sons LeRoy Jr, Clark and William Stahlgren and daughter Julia Wharton. He shared with them his love of the outdoors – swimming, sailing, hiking – and fondly remembered camping and canoeing together in their youth. They blessed him with six grandchildren: Sarah, Samuel and Turner Wharton and Jacob, Andrew and Jared Stahlgren.
While medicine was a lifelong profession, it alone did not define him as a man. Roy was keenly interested in learning and spread his curiosity over all manner of reading, researching, writing and teaching. His commitment to volunteerism continued, with Board service at numerous organizations, including as chair of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. He cherished his membership in the Denver Literary Club and valued the diverse perspectives to which his fellow members exposed him.
Roy’s passion for world culture led him to teach a course in Chinese history, which, in turn, led him to the great love of his later life, his wife Diana Lee. For 19 joy-filled years, they shared their love of music, art, museum visits, conversation, politics, nature, and hosting legendary dinner parties. She was by his side as he bade farewell to an amazing and full life.
Details on a memorial shall be forthcoming. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation.