Dr. William F. Siebert Jr. ’77 died December 12, 2013, in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
He was born on July 17, 1955, in Arlington, Mass., and graduated from Wayland (Mass.) High School, where he served as the editor of the junior and senior yearbooks. He was a member of Chi Psi fraternity and winner of the Highland Lockwood Fairbanks Award in Literature.He attended the University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 1981 with his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, followed by one year of critical care medicine training at the Naval Regional Medicine Center (NRMC) in Oakland, Calif., where he served several years as the medical director. He completed numerous “fleet” tours while on active duty, including tours aboard the U.S.N.S. Mercy hospital ship with the Marines and the Navy Seabees. He then accepted a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. He remained at the Medical Center as director of endoscopy and consultant to the attending physician in Washington, D.C., where he provided direct patient care for the members of the Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court. He served in the Navy for eleven years, attaining the rank of commander. He then accepted the position of chief of digestive diseases at a new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he later served as the chief of medicine, chief of acute care, and physician director of the Nutritional Support Team. In addition to his teaching and patient care duties, he was a part of the team that developed the computerized medical record system that is currently utilized throughout the VA Medical Centers. He was also a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.; and Nova University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In 2001, he relocated to Cape Cod and worked with the Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod before opening his own practice, Cape and Islands Digestive Disease Associates, P.C. In 2006, he joined two other doctors and opened the Cape and Islands Endoscopy Center LLC. He also championed causes for homeless dogs and elephant rescue and especially enjoyed visiting Rosie and Opal at Hope Elephants in Maine. He is survived by his husband, S. Paul Winkel, with whom he shared his life for thirty-five years, and brother Wesley E. Siebert. He was predeceased by sister June H. Siebert on September 29, 2013.