William Owen

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William Owen
William Owen

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William Owen

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William Owen

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: San Francisco, CA USA
Homepage: https://owenmed.com
Occupation: Physician (M.D.), Retired 2/1/2017
Post secondary school education

Temple University, B.A. with honors in chemistry, 1969
Temple University School of Medicine, M.D., 1973
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA (affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine), internship & residency, internal medicine, 1976
University of California San Francisco, fellowship, emergency medicine, 1978

What's happened since leaving Central

Coordinator, Emergency Medicine Fellowship, UCSF, 1978-1979
Private practice, internal medicine, San Francisco, 10/1/1979-12/30/2014
Staff Physician, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, 1/5/2015-1/31/2017
Retired, 2/1/2017

School Story:

In 9th grade, I was sitting on the stairway just outside CHS Room 202, reading the Cortina German book while I was waiting for Basil Fuller's history class to begin. Another 224 class member, Stanley Yantis, whom I did not know at the time, approached me, struck up a conversation, and asked me if he could look at the Cortina book (a conversational German book I had purchased, as opposed to the grammar and literature oriented German textbook they employed at Central). That was the start of a friendship that included my getting to know his parents and celebrating the Jewish holidays with them and Stan getting to know my Mom and Dad and celebrating our Christian holidays with my family. I moved to San Francisco in 1976 and Stan would follow with a move to The City by the Bay in 1985. So from that day in September 1961 until now, nearly 54 years later, Stan Yantis and I have remained the best of friends.

Central's influence in my life

Central High was unique for a high school in the 1960s in that, unlike the conformity that was often fostered in public education in that post-McCarthy era, Central taught us that you could be an iconoclast and thereby contribute in some significant way to our society. I remember history teacher Ben Sherzer, who came out against the Vietnam War way before it was popular to do so. I recall Richie Logan, the English teacher, who relished playing the female roles when we read Shakespearean plays. And, of course, there were my fellow Centralites of the 224, who showed me what it meant to be an independent and critical thinker. That spirit of iconoclasm eventually led me to come out as a gay man in a big way, by being a founder in 1977 of one of the first organizations of gay and lesbian physicians in the U.S. (Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights--BAPHR--an organization that still thrives today), and coming out publicly with BAPHR following the Gay Pride Parade in 1978, with news interviews that were carried across the country. The iconoclastic influence of Central also led to my writing two of the first reviews of LGBT health care to appear in a major medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, which were published in June and July 1980. The iconoclastic spirit of our alma mater also influenced me to become publicly identified in the national medical press as one of the first "AIDS doctors" at a devastating time in the gay community when we had a President of the U.S. who would not even utter the "A" word. For giving me the courage to stand up for what I believe and for providing me with the fortitude to blaze new trails, I thank my alma mater, dear old Central High.

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Posted on: May 20, 2020 at 5:36 PM

I've been getting into genealogy since 2018 as a retirement hobby. One of the family tree / DNA companies with which I have an account, MyHeritage.com, announced that they are providing a colorizing tool to many U.S. high school yearbooks. And that includes our own Central High 224 class yearbook! The really cool thing about this offer is that MyHeritage is providing this service ***FREE OF CHARGE*** until May 23, 2020 so, until then, you don't need to pay for an account to visualize how you might have appeared in our yearbook, had it been in color in 1965. Here is the link if you would like to take advantage of this offer while it lasts: https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10569/us-yearbooks-name-index-1890-1979.
Special thanks are also due to our late Central High teacher, Elliot Cades, who passed away on 6/25/1985, just about 20 years after we graduated from CHS and 35 years ago next month. Mr. Cades or his estate donated his copy of our 224 yearbook to be scanned for this project. I've attached a few colorized photos of men and places we all knew and loved. Enjoy!

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HaPPy BiRThDaY BiLL !!! You were 2/24 even before Central. Coincidence? I think not!

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Posted on: Dec 30, 2019 at 3:45 PM

To celebrate the recent move of Bob Axelrod and his husband, André Machado, from Brazil to Phoenix, Stan Yantis and I visited Bob & André from 11-15 Dec 2019 and had a "mini 224" reunion. Pictured (L to R) at Blue Hound Kitchen are Stan Yantis, André Machado, Bill Owen, and Bob Axelrod.

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