In Memoriam: Gale Russell Ramsby 1935-2000

Dr. Gale Russell Ramsby, chairman of the Connecticut Health Center’s Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutics

Dr. Gale Russell Ramsby at home with his wife Susie.

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 1974.

“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 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, West Haven.

Ramsby held numerous positions at the Health Center, including associate director of technical affairs; chief of special procedures; chief of cardiovascular 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.”

The center piece of the University Connecticut Health Center is the memorial garden in memory of Gale.

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 medical doctor specializing in rheumatology and Synthia Andrews is a naturopathic doctor specializing in natural pain management.