James W Boudwin, MD

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Feb 2, 2015


James Watson Boudwin, MD On Monday, February 2, 2015, James Watson Boudwin, MD died of natural causes with his beloved wife of 62 years, Lilian Margot Boudwin, at his side, after a full life of 97 years. James ("Jim") Watson Boudwin, BA, MD, F.A.P.A., was born in Seattle, WA, April 28, 1917. His father was Charles Bacon Boudwin, MD, a physician in West Seattle and his mother, Abigail Coombs, a nurse at Seattle General Hospital. Jim's grade school years were spent in Hollywood, CA where he appeared in a number of the silent era movies including the Hal Roach, "Our Gang" short series. He returned to Seattle from 1930 to 1934 attending TT Minor Elementary School and Roosevelt High School; then back to California where he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. He earned an athletic letter competing on the gymnastic team. After 1936, while attending LA Junior College and later UCLA, Jim frequently worked in the movies. He studied voice in college and sang with the LA Civic Light Opera Company for four seasons in musicals such as "The Cat in the Fiddle", "Show Boat", "Gypsy Barron" and "Red Mill". Together with his sister, Barbara, he sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Midsummer Night's Dream. Jim also acted in several movies of that era. His most notable were "One Million BC" (1940) working alongside Victor Mature, a leading man of that time and "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) starring Vivien Leigh. After earning his BA degree at UCLA, Jim went to University of Southern California Medical School graduating with his MD in 1948, later studying the specialty of Psychiatry in Baltimore, MD, from 1948 to 1951. Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was the Staff Psychiatrist for the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. He married Lilian Druckrey, a graduate of Heidelberg University, in the Heidelberg Castle Chapel in 1953. Jim and Lilian moved to New York City in 1953 where Jim subsequently passed his examination for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1955. From 1955 to 1957, the couple lived in Tacoma, WA where Jim worked as the admitting psychiatrist at American Lake Veterans Hospital. Thereafter, Jim worked in private practice near Tacoma General Hospital and later at Allenmore Medical Center. At the same time, he worked part time for Western State Hospital as the Director of Medical Education and at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Jim always loved teaching. After retirement at the age of 70, Jim and Lilian lived at Ocean Shores, WA and Issaquah, WA and travelled extensively to Europe and the South Seas. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bill, at 98 years of age and his sister, Barbara, at 100 years of age. Jim is survived by his wife, Lilian, and their three sons and five grand children: Les Boudwin, his wife, Patty, and children Patrick, Kathleen and Kelly; Phil Boudwin and his two children, Alex and Rachel; and Lawrence Boudwin. Jim loved education, travel, family, home movies and music, particularly the opera; and those who knew him loved his enthusiasm, optimism and caring personality. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Please visit "www.flintofts.com" for more remembrances of Jim and his life. Donations in Jim's name may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness at http://www.nami.org/


Source: The News Tribune, 2/15