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Los Gatos Death Notice: Beloved Town Doctor Cared For Others' 'Hearts'

After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a medical doctor for many years, Dr. William A. Frey moved to Los Gatos in 1963 and established his private practice specializing in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease for nearly 30 years.

Dr. William Arthur Frey, Aug. 21, 1926-Nov. 19, 2013. Courtesy Randolph F. Frey
Dr. William Arthur Frey, Aug. 21, 1926-Nov. 19, 2013. Courtesy Randolph F. Frey
  • Deceased's name: William Arthur Frey
  • Age:  87
  • Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Dr. William A. Frey passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013 in his Los Gatos home.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lived until he began 10 years active duty as a doctor in the U.S. Air Force in 1952.

He was a board-certified internist, a member of the American College of Physicians, the Santa Clara County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lea Fredericks Frey; sons William C. Frey and Randolph F. Frey of Los Gatos; daughters-in-law Susan Frey and Karen Frey; grandsons Craig Frey, Geoffrey Frey and Daniel Frey, granddaughters Megan Frey Read of Texas and Allison Frey; great-granddaughters Ashley Read, Courtney Read and Bailey Read; and his sister, Margaret A. Mild of Pittsburgh.

The son of a physician, Bill attended grammar school, high school, college and medical school (University of Pittsburgh) all within walking distance of his home.

As a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed in Limestone, Maine; San Antonio, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

While at Travis, he made the decision to leave the Air Force and enter private practice, and he settled with his family in Los Gatos in 1963.

He maintained an active practice in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease in Los Gatos for 28 years before retiring in 1991.

In Los Gatos, he was a past member of the Optimist Club and former club president.

He was former chief of medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he helped establish the hospital's electrocardiograph (EKG) department.

After retirement, he rekindled his love of music by joining several community musical groups and playing clarinet and saxophone.

He also published in 2001 a medical mystery novel titled "Frantic Choices," the story about a hospital nurse's decision to keep a patient in a medical coma for personal reasons.

To honor his wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Arrangements for cremation are being made through the Neptune Society.

His family plans to hold A Celebration of Bill Frey's Life sometime in early 2014.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial contributions be made to The American Heart Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Hospice of the Valley in his name.

 —Obituary submitted to Los Gatos Patch by Dr. William Arthur Frey's sons Dr. William C. Frey and Randolph F. Frey of Los Gatos


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Marilyn Leonard November 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Condolences to his family, friends and former patients. He did lots of good for many people.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz November 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM
My Condolences 2 The Family & Friends. 🙏ing 4 all of U as well.

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