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Our President Fred Barnes died on June 22, 2018.

We send our condolences to his children Lydia, Robert, Richard, Carol, and Katy, and the rest of his family.

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Fred Barnes was born in Germany in 1926. His family migrated to France when Hitler came to power. After a year of German occupation, his family was able to escape from France and settle in the Dominican Republic, where Fred completed high school and the first year of medical school. At 19 he decided to continue his education in the United States. He immigrated to New York, where he took the first job available at Mt. Sinai Hospital as a lab assistant. After a year, he moved to Ohio to obtain his BA from Kenyon College. He then earned his MD from New York University. Fred married Anne Bentley during his second year of medical school.

After finishing an internship at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, he joined the US Army. While in the army he completed his residency training in Ob/Gyn at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco and then became board certified. He served for nine years and was a major when he left the army.

Fred, Anne, and their children settled in Oakland in 1964. He was on staff at the Oakland Kaiser Hospital Ob/Gyn department for 30 years and retired in 1996. During his retirement Fred was a volunteer and board member with SIRS, a board member and then president of the Retired Physicians' Association, and an avid bridge player.

Fred and Anne, when not parenting their five children, enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, visiting museums, and reading. Anne passed away in 1998 after a marriage of 47 years. Fred is survived by their children: Lydia, Robert, Richard, Carol, and Katy; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

His daughter, Lydia Barnes Dobyns, writes: "Fred Barnes was an immigrant who arrived in this country with nothing, a veteran, and a damn fine doctor who worked tirelessly to bring life into this world. More than anything, he was a most honorable, stand-up man who believed in the goodness of people and loved his adopted country. His greatest achievements were his marriage to my mom, their five children, and his eight grandchildren. I miss him already."                                     

His family expects to have a memorial celebration in the coming months. They suggest donations in Fred's memory to Planned Parenthood or Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay <www.aseb.org>.


Welcome to the website for the Retired Physicians' Association of TPMG. Here you can:

  • Learn about the association, its members and their activities, as well as our parent organizations, The Permanente Medical Group and the Kaiser Permanente family.

  • Find the announcement and reservation link for upcoming luncheon meetings as they become available, and see reports and photos from the previous meeting.

  • Pay membership dues.

  • Contact the organization.

  • For members only, find the names of recent retirees and newly deceased TPMG physicians as we learn of them, and read our quarterly newsletters.

Our luncheon meetings, held in February, May, August, and November are open to all retired TPMG physicians and Health Plan retirees, plus their guests. We invite suggestions from you for venues, topics, and speakers for future meetings.

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