Barry Benjamin Staum passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10, 2013, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born Nov. 4, 1944, in Passaic, N.J., to Morris and Sarah Staum, he graduated from Denville High School in 1962. He attended Colgate University, graduating in 1966 with a degree in chemistry. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. He subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California. Los Angeles in 1975.
He dedicated his life to caring for others. He practiced as an emergency physician for more than 30 years in Idaho, California, Florida and Tennessee. He was medical director of the Emergency Department at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center and CEO of JJ&R, a large multi-state physician group. After retiring from administration in 2010, he returned to clinical practice at the Boise and Oakland VA hospital systems.
Barry devoted his free time to improving the lives of those around him. He was given the Irwin Remboldt Humanitarian Award by the Glendale Adventists for his philanthropic efforts. He made frequent trips to Haiti to provide care to rural communities that had never before had access to medical care. He was with one of the first groups into Port au Prince after the earthquake in 2010, treating victims and helping run a large field hospital.
He moved to Ketchum in 1994 and enjoyed fly fishing, cycling, skiing and spending time at Redfish Lake. He spent most summer afternoons at Trail Creek with his yellow labs and golden retrievers. He was a board member of the Snake River Alliance, protecting the beauty and safety of his beloved state. He loved music, played the saxophone and was a member of the Boise Jazz Society. He loved coffee and all things Italian, and took great pleasure making espresso and cappuccinos for everyone who came by the house.
He is survived by his beloved wife Linda, his children Matt and Nora, and his grandson Benjamin. He will always be remembered for his kindness, love and sense of humor. He was always available to help those in need and genuinely cared for all he met. He will be missed dearly.
Barry was a member of the Wood River Jewish Community and Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel. A memorial service is being planned for the coming months.