Dr. Bailey (Bill) 85, of Silverthorne, passed away July 31 surrounded by family. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. Bill graduated from Wayne State Medical School, served in France with the Army Medical Corps, completed residences in surgery at the Univ. of Michigan and pediatric surgery at Columbus Children's Hospital. Bill moved to Denver in 1962 where he began his practice of pediatric surgery at The Children's Hospital, now Children's Hospital Colorado. Bill founded the Burn Team at TCH, which grew into a major regional center for the treatment of complex burns. The Burn Team benefitted from the Summit Co. Pumpkin Bowl for many years. He served as president of the Denver and Colorado Medical Societies.
When retired from clinical practice he was appointed an asst.dDean with the CU Medical School to promote collaboration between the school and the state's engineering schools. Bill thought of Summit County as his second home long before he built a permanent residence there. He followed his passion for skiing, sailing, fishing and all outdoor sports which he taught, and shared with, his family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Joan, his children: Claire, Dave, Matt, Carl, their spouses and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon, on Friday, August 17 at 2 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camp,13123 East 16th Ave., Aurora, CO; Adam's Camp, 6767 South Spruce St., Suite.102, Centennial CO; The Pacific Association. of Pediatric Surgeons;or The Frederick A. Coller Society.