Dr. John Robey Graham died May 24 in Greenwood Village. He was 70. He was a passionate believer that you must “leave the world a better place than you found it” and he did indeed live every day by that philosophy.
Dr. Graham received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree in 1968, from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He served his country as a medical officer in the US Army, stationed in South Korea, from 1969 to 1971. Jack performed his internship and residency training from 1971 to 1975 at Presbyterian Medical Center, Denver. From 1975 until his retirement in 2012, Jack’s medical practice included his private practice, as well as affiliations with both the Presbyterian Medical Center, Aurora and The Medical Center of Aurora.
In a real sense Jack had two places he called home – Colorado where he lived and spent his entire career as a doctor, and California, where he spent most vacations with family and friends. He developed deep and important friendships in both places. Although Jack was a skilled physician of internal medicine, he was equally comfortable on a Colorado fishing stream, at the family ranch in California or on his boat “The Lady J” on the vast Pacific Ocean.
In California his time was divided among his many loves: family, friends, the ocean and the land. He and Jean kept their boat in Santa Barbara Harbor, and spent the past 20 years fishing off his trawler, boating to the Channel Islands and Catalina, scuba diving, watching whales, dolphins and enjoying all that the Pacific offers. When ashore Jack spent time on the family ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, CA, Rancho Encantado de Nojoqui. A working ranch of more than 500 acres that produces organic vegetables and where horses and cattle roam.
In Colorado ,Jack took advantage of so much of the nature the state offers.– He loved hiking, camping, hunting, gardening and woodworking. Of equal importance, was his deep affection for his dog, Taffy and the Colorado Rockies – in that order. Colorado was also the place Jack worked with his deep and true passion, his patients. From teaching new doctors at the University of Colorado Medical School, to the many thousands of patients whose lives he touched and treated, being a doctor was the highlight of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jean; sons Paul of Santa Cruz, Calif. and Neil (Monica)
of Seattle Wash., and granddaughters, Kate, Ashley and Stella.
A celebration memorial service will be 11 a.m. June 16 at the Denver Country Club, 1700 E. First Ave. Jack lived a life filled with humor, wit and an unmistakable down-to-earth quality. He will be missed and will be loved forever in the hearts of the many people whose lives he helped make better and the world he made a better place. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.