Gale Russell Ramsby, 1935-2000
Gale Russell Ramsby, 65, of Branford, chairman of the Health Center's
Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics, died Dec. 27, at the John
Dempsey Hospital. He had been a faculty member at the Health Center since
"The Health Center family suffered a major loss of one of its key citizens and
faculty when Dr. Gale Ramsby died after a long and valiant battle with cancer
and serious pulmonary disease," said Peter J. Deckers, executive vice
president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. "Despite full
realization of the seriousness of his clinical problems, Gale continued to work
more than full time, not only as an expert interventional radiologist, teacher
and scientist, but also as a highly effective administrator for his department,
the faculty practice, the School of Medicine and the Health Center."
Ramsby was born in New York City, and grew up in Niles, Mich. He earned a
B.A. degree from DePauw University in 1957.
After postgraduate work at Notre Dame, he earned his M.D. degree from at
Wayne State University in 1962. He interned at Detroit Memorial Hospital, then
pursued a residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was chief resident.
He subsequently joined the faculty and was an associate professor.
Concurrently, from 1968 through 1976, he served as director, School of
Radiologic Technology and assistant chief of radiology at the VA Hospital,
Ramsby held numerous positions at the Health Center, including associate
director of technical affairs; chief of special procedures; chief of
cardio-vascular radiology; professor of radiology and chairman of diagnostic
imaging and therapeutics. He was a fellow of both the American College of
Angiographers and the American College of Forensic Examiners, and had
many other professional affiliations.
"His keen, well-informed intellect brought quick and reasonable solutions to
otherwise confusing situations," said Deckers. "He was a man who cared for all
of us, knew how to delegate and enable, and was quick to celebrate the
success of his students and staff. His support and love of this school was
palpable and will be long remembered."
In addition to his wife, Suzanne (Smith) Ramsby, he is survived by two
daughters, Melinda and Synthia, and two sons, Quinn and Shannon, and other
family members. Melinda is a third year internal medicine resident in the
Department of Medicine, and a graduate of the UConn School of Medicine,
class of 1997.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Department to
help bring to fruition one of Ramsby's special projects, or to the Branford Land
Trust, P.O. Box 254, Branford, CT 06405, or any other environmental charity.
For departmental donations, checks should be made payable to the UConn
Foundation, with "in support of the Department of Radiology" in the memo line,
and mailed to the Development Offfice, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington
Ave., Farmington, CT 06030-3800.
Dr. Gale Russell Ramsby, chairman of the
Connecticut Health Center's Department
of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics
The center piece of the University Connecticut Health Center is the memorial garden in memory of Gale.
|Suzie and Gale.
Out of respect for Suzie's
wishes to remain quietly without
publicity that I am writing just a
few words here.
I wish, along with Synthia to
acknowledge and thank her for
her unfailing support of the
entire family. Suzie has always
been there to ensure that they
get what they need.
Synthia and I would not be
where we are today either if it
was not for Suzie and Gale.
Posted May 2009.
Suzie passed away on 7th
|Susan (Suzie) Ramsby.
Mother to Dr. Melinda Ramsby, MD, Dr. Synthia
Andrews, ND, Shannon and Quinn Ramsby.
|An update will be posted soon
regarding the sad loss of our Suzie
October 7th, 2012