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Children's Hospital Foundation co-founder dies

Dr. Geoffrey Altshuler has lasting impact on children’s health in Oklahoma
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 17, 2014

Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. Geoffrey Altshuler called his wife to tell her the next job he wanted was in Oklahoma City.

“There’s nothing here yet, and I want to create something,” he told his wife, Jerriann.

Altshuler, the Children’s Hospital Foundation co-founder and first scientific director, died Wednesday. He was 75.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. July 24 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In 1983, Altshuler was one of three founders of the organization originally named Children’s Medical Research.

His son, Ashley Altshuler, said his father wanted to found the organization to raise money to bring internationally renowned doctors to work in Oklahoma.

“What he has done to create this for children is never-ending,” Ashley Altshuler said. “It’s his legacy.”

Dr. Terry Stull, the current scientific director of Children’s Hospital Foundation, agreed.

“His brilliance in selecting research as a target for improving healthcare for children in Oklahoma and beyond will resonate in perpetuity,” said Stull, chairman of the OU College of Medicine pediatrics department.

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