March 1, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, March 1 (UPI) -- Dr. George Gay, an anesthesiologist
who became part of the hippie scene in the Haight-Ashbury district of
San Francisco, has died at 77.
Gay, who had been practicing in Valdez, Alaska, for the past five
years, died Feb. 13 of an apparent heart attack in a hospital in
Anchorage, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
A native of St. Louis and son of the doctor who set up the first MASH
unit during World War II, Gay went to medical school after military
service during the Korean War.
He was lured to San Francisco in 1967 by members of the Grateful Dead
and other musicians of the era. After a brief period in private
practice, he began working at the Free Clinic and helped music
promoter Bill Graham set up Rock Medicine to provide care for concertgoers.
Gay met his wife, Penny Miller, at a Blue Oyster Cult concert.
In later years, he worked for the California Department of
Corrections providing medical care for prison inmates and taught at
the University of California at Davis.