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.