"Surgeon Philip Geib Dies at 51"
from THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE
Saturday, December 9, 1989
Phil Geib and his little brother (and my father) Dick Geib
Combined funeral services will be held today for Dr. Philip J. Geib., chief
of surgery at Providence Hospital, and his father, a retired Kaiser Aluminum
and Chemical Corp. controller.
Dr. Geib, who was 51, died Wednesday of a
heart attack, and 23 hours later 91-year-old Philip J. Geib Sr., of Piedmont,
died from the same causes.
Dr. Geib was born in Minnesota, and in 1961 graduated from Cornell
University with the equivalent of a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
Discharged with the rank of captain from
the Army Ordnance Corps, he took a job in San Francisco with Pacific
Telephone and Telegraph Co.
"Then my brother had what I would refer to
as an awakening about what he really wanted to do in life," his brother,
Richard J. Geib of Newport Beach, said. "He always had ideas about becoming
a doctor, and enrolled in biology classes at the University of California
He also joined a medical organization that
exposed him to autopsies, and at 31 quit his job without being accepted
at any of the 23 medical schools to which he applied.
"He found that they turned you down if you
were over 30, but he made the waiting list at St. Louis University," his
brother recalled. "So he packed his bags and went there. He asked the
dean if there were any openings, and told him, 'Here's where I'm staying
and my telephone number and I'll be here two weeks..'       "He
went back to the dean's office every day or so, and finally the dean
asked his secretary 'who is that fellow?' and pulled his file. My brother
had excellent qualifications and the dean called him."
Dr. Geib graduated in the top half of his
class, and completed his surgical residency in St. Louis before coming
to Oakland and establishing an extensive practice.
"At the start he went in blind and finally
made a few friends among the older doctors," his brother said. "He assisted
them in operations, and as they recognized his ability they gave him
more and more responsibility."
Survivors include another brother, the Rev.
David Geib, head chaplain at the University of Arizona at Tucson, and
a sister, Margaret G. Wilkinson of Piedmont.
He was also a Fellow of the American College
of Surgeons, and member of the East Bay Surgical and the San Francisco
Services will be at 11 a.m. today Corpus
Christi Church, Park Boulevard and St. James Dr., Piedmont. The family
requests contributions to Providence Hospital Surgical Department.
GEIB, Philip J. Jr. M.D. in
Oakland December 6, 1989,
Loving brother of Richard J. Geib