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OMC foundation to honor longtime P.A. physician

Sequim Gazette staff

Dr. Roger Oakes, who

served as a Port Angeles physician for 37 years, will be honored at the Fourth Annual Hollywood Nights event presented by Sequim Health and Rehabilitation.

 

Set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, the event will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Academy Awards and features the live telecast of the Oscars on a 40-foot screen.

 

Reserved table seating is available for $60 per person. Tickets are available in Port Angeles at Necessities and Temptations, 217 N. Laurel St,, and at the Olympic Medical Center Foundation office, 928 E. Caroline St.

 

For more information, call the foundation office at 417-7144.

 

In addition to honoring Oakes, the fundraiser will feature the following:

• Movie and television celebrities, including Lynda Day George, former star of the “Mission Impossible” television series, and Craig and Gabe Rygaard, stars of the History Channel’s “Ax Men” television series. George is a resident of Gardiner and the Rygaards live in Port Angeles.

 

• A “Guess the Winners” contest: Entrants who pick the most winners in selected categories win valuable prizes.

 

• A “Dress as Your Favorite Movie Star or Character” contest, with prizes for the winners.

 

• Dinner and a chance for people to “walk the Red Carpet” while entering the event.

 

• Live and silent auctions.

 

Proceeds from Hollywood Nights benefit Olympic Medical Center and many of its departments, including Obstetrics, the Emergency Room, Cardiac Services, Laboratory and Radiology.

Oakes’ background

The valedictorian of his 1960 Port Angeles High School graduating class, Oakes received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University in 1964 and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1968.

 

He completed his internship at UCLA and his residency at UCLA Harbor General Hospital and at the University of Washington. He also served as a combat infantry surgeon in Vietnam.

 

Following the completion of his residency, he moved back to Port Angeles in 1974, where he has been at the Olympic Primary Care Clinic (formerly Port Angeles Clinic and Virginia Mason – Port Angeles) and active on the Olympic Medical Center active staff since 1974. He served as chief of staff at OMC in 1983 and 2007.

 

“I always wanted to practice medicine in Port Angeles,” Oakes said. “When I was in high school, I met Dr. John Siemens (one of the clinic’s founders). He was a real inspiration and I knew that I wanted to train for a career path that would enable me to live in Port Angeles.”

 

He also is active in the community, serving Rotary Norwester (past president), the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club and the Clallam County Council on Alcoholism.

 

He was the United Way City Campaign chairman in 1999 and Clallam County Campaign chairman in 2000. He also served as the volunteer team physician at Port Angeles High School from 1974-1998.

 

“The community has given me a good life and I’ve always felt that we as physicians should give back,” said Oakes.

 

 

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