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March 2008 Volume 32 No.3
Plastic surgeon Richard Jobe remembered


Richard Jobe, a plastic surgeon and adjunct clinical faculty member who traveled the world to fix children’s cleft palates and provide other face-saving help, died Oct 20 of cancer at the age of 82.

A celebration at the faculty club has already been held, but a memorial fund attests to Jobe’s professional interests and service. Contributions in his honor may be made to Earthspeak, a nonprofit founded by Jobe and his wife Andi, a speech therapist, to provide speech therapy for children in poor countries who had undergone surgery for cleft lips or palates. (RSF-EARTHSPEAK 421 Flora Ln, Scotts Valley, CA, 95066). The Jobes founded Earthspeak shortly after Jobe retired from Stanford and private practice in 2000.

Through most of a career spanning half of the last century, Jobe spent at least one month a year traveling the world with charitable groups to perform surgery, frequently on children, to repair cleft lips and palates.

He visited 68 nations and was an early organizer and president of Interplast, the first volunteer surgical foundation to provide free reconstructive surgery in developing nations.

Jobe also invented a device that allows people with facial palsy to close and open their eyelids by attaching a sliver of gold to the inside of the lid.

Surgeon James Chang, program director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program, called Dr. Jobe “an incredibly talented surgeon and innovator” who trained nearly 100 plastic and reconstructive surgeons. “He was loved by all — patients, staff, colleagues and students.”

Born in Berkeley, Jobe attended Stanford University and Stanford Medical School. He served as an Army surgeon in a MASH unit in Korea, and then trained at the University of Pittsburgh in plastic surgery before setting up a practice in Mountain View. He became a clinical professor at Stanford in 1966 and maintained his private practice for 40 years. He lived in Los Altos Hills and had three children with his first wife, Sara Lee Jobe.

Jobe is survived by his wife of 23 years, Andi and the six children brought to the marriage: Keith Jobe of Hillsborough, Gregg Young and Scott Young, both of Scotts Valley, Hilary Freeman of Soquel, Meg Brede of Bellingham, Wash., and Allen Young of Capitola; and seven grandchildren.

—Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle,
Jobe’s colleague Barry Press, and the
SUMC Office of Communication and Public Affairs.
(The policy of the Medical Staff Update is to report the passings of active and other long-time SHC medical staff members.
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