HSC Weekly 2012-03-02
William Corey, USC alumnus and Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation trustee, 81
William Corey, trustee of and medical advisor to the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, died Feb. 18 after a brief battle with lung disease. He was 81.
Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito lauded Corey’s service, noting that he was “a member of the USC Norris Advisory Board since its inception and was instrumental in making the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a leader in innovative cancer research.”
He added, “Bill’s expertise, dedication and generosity to USC Norris will be sorely missed.”
A graduate of the Keck School of Medicine, Corey was born in La Jolla, Calif., and grew up with his four sisters in Altadena, Calif. He attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena and later attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M., for high school, where he learned to fly.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate and entered the medical school at USC in 1955. He served as junior class president, graduating in 1959, and was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity.
He received postgraduate training in internal medicine and hepatology until 1963 before beginning private practice in Pasadena caring for his patients for over three decades. He also served as president of the medical staff of Huntington Memorial Hospital in 1982.
Corey was a member of the faculty of the USC medical school as a clinical professor of medicine. He was certified and recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and was a fellow of the American College of Professors. Corey was the director of clinical investigation at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes Liver Center.
He was a trustee to the McKenzie Foundation, which provides grants to medical students in California and pre-med students at Occidental and the Pomona Colleges. He was also a board member for the Sheriff Air Rescue 5 Foundation and flew with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs on the Air Rescue Response team and the Disaster Medical Assistance Team 9 as a volunteer doctor for 21 years.
Corey is survived by his wife of 44 years, Janice Corey, four children, six grandchildren, one great-grandson and four sisters.
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