Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Remembering Geoffrey

Geoffrey, remembering you on the fifth anniversary of your death.  May your spirit continue to soar throughout the universe, and may your light continue to shine in life you touched.  I love you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Please remember Geoffrey on Saturday, March 21st.
That is his 30th birthday.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Memorial Event - Update

This is a reminder that Geoffrey's memorial service is Friday, December 5th. Seating starts at 4:45PM, and the service begins at 5:00PM.

For those who are unable to attend the memorial service, Geoff's family extends their sincere gratitude to all who have sent cards and gifts, as well as donations to the Community Services Agency.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Memorial Event

Geoffrey’s memorial service is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2008, and is intended to be a celebration of Geoff’s extraordinary life. The program will begin at 5:00PM, and will consist of brief statements by family and friends, followed by a reception, with hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar.

The memorial service will take place at Michael’s restaurant, at Shoreline Park, in Mountain View. Directions are available at the following website:

If you have an interesting story you wish to share, please let us know ahead of time, with an email to

Thursday, November 20, 2008


On the morning of November 20, Geoffrey Rau peacefully passed away at his family home in Mountain View.

Although modest about his achievements, Geoff accomplished much in his span of 29 years. Above all else, he loved to learn. He was valedictorian at Mountain View High School, graduated from Cal with bachelors degrees in Biology and English, and received a doctorate in medicine from Duke University. While enrolled at Duke, Geoff spent a year as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a result of his work at NIH, as well as prior work as a research associate at UCSF, Geoff was author or co-author on eight published scientific papers. Prior to suffering a severe brain injury in mid-October, he was a first year resident physician at UCLA.

Beyond these achievements, and most important to Geoff, were his many close friendships. His friends enjoyed his subtle wit, extraordinary loyalty, and adventurous spirit. Geoff’s adventures included running with the bulls in Pamplona, as well as other travels to Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia, two marathons, and several treks to the summits of Mt. Shasta and Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Geoff is survived by his mother, Carol Raymond, father, Walt, brother, Michael, and grandmother, Marion. Geoff is preceded in death by his half brother, Philip Rau.

A memorial service has not yet been scheduled. We will post memorial information at this blog site.

For those who wish to make a donation in Geoffrey’s name, please contact Community Services Agency, at http://www.csacares.org, or 650-968-0836.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

There's no place like home.

Last night, our family brought Geoffrey home from the rehabilitation center and a hospice service is now in place. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but we know that Geoffrey would not want to live in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. The physicians and nurses expect this process to take anywhere between three days and two weeks. In the meantime, we are making every effort to keep Geoffrey comfortable.

Please feel free to pass this news on to whomever you wish. At this time, however, our family would appreciate no phone calls or visits. We just want to be together as a family.

By the way, Joel and Ann Marie set up a page to share photos of all the good times we had with Geoff. So, if you have any photos you would like to share, upload them to the following site.
login: geoff_rau@yahoo.com
password: pictures

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Transfer to Los Altos Sub-Acute

Yesterday, Geoff was transferred to the Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center. He has a private room next to the nursing station.

As a family, we have consulted with five neurologists and two neurosurgeons over the course of three CT scans and two MRIs. Consistently, the prognosis has been grim. Most likely, Geoff will remain in a vegetative state and never regain consciousness. Moreover, if he did regain consciousness, he would have no chance for a meaningful recovery.

As part of the admission process at Los Altos Sub-Acute, a meeting is scheduled to review patient information with the family. Our meeting will be Friday at noon.