We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Oak Park Hills Chapel
It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of Alvin R. Loosli, M.D., a beloved doctor, friend, father, grandfather, husband and profoundly cherished member of the community. His life was full of love and joy and ultimately ended on June 15th, 2022 by way of a brain tumor.
Al and his twin brother Ed were born on November 30, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Clayton G. Loosli (Idaho) and Jean Pedersen (Utah). In high school the family moved to South Pasadena where Al excelled in football and basketball. In 1960-64, he attended & played football for Colorado College where he majored in chemistry and met his future wife, Connie Clay (Missouri) . In 1964, he began his medical journey at UCSF Medical School, San Francisco, CA, followed by a general internship at Los Angeles County Hospital. Al was proud to serve as a flight surgeon in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from 1969 -1972, taking care of army helicopter pilots and their families, while still continuing his passion for sports by fulfilling the role of player-coach to the Fort Bragg Volleyball team. This experience inspired Al and when he finished with the military, he chose to focus his career in family practice medicine. He began a residency at the Contra Costa County Hospital in Martinez, CA, where he spent time in general medicine, orthopedics & trauma. Al’s love of sports never wavered and in 1980 he began practicing rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at the Saint Francis Hospital in San Francisco. The practice was ahead of its time with active Physical Therapy and Pilates programs available for all patients. He founded its satellite clinic, The Walnut Creek Center for Sports Medicine, in 1986.
His practice attracted many professional athletes throughout the years and he remained a medical consultant to Olympians and many others until his passing. He had numerous articles and research papers published as well as speaking and teaching engagements throughout his career. Al’s relentless optimism was infectious and inspired patients of all ages and abilities on their path to healing. He particularly enjoyed working with teenagers, volunteering with local high schools and being a sideline doc for over 40 years.
Professional highlights include:
UCSF School of Medicine; USC LA County Hospital; US Army Flight Surgeon, Ft Bragg, NC; Family Practice Residency, Contra Costa Medical Center; Family Practice, Orthopedics & Surgery, Contra Costa Medical Center; Sports Medicine, St. Francis Memorial Hospital; Center For Sports Medicine, Walnut Creek; Sports Medicine & Family Practice,Clinical Faculty, UC Davis School of Medicine; Sports Medicine and Family Practice, Independent Practice.
Olympic Training Center, Team Physician, Colorado Springs; USA National Swim Team Pan Pac Championships, Team Physician; USA Tennis, Sports Science Committee; Walnut Creek Aquanuts Synchro, Team Physician; USA Olympic Synchronized Swimming Teams, Sports Medicine Consultant; USA Olympic Swimming Team, Team Physician , Sydney Games; Las Lomas High School, Team Physician; Berean Christian High School, Sports Medicine Consultant.
Al worked exceptionally hard and enjoyed every minute of it - and he also loved to play. He enjoyed waterfalls, hiking, flower arranging, tie dye, food, ipad photography and, of course, music. These are the things that filled him full of joy and allowed his creativity to flourish.
Al is lovingly remembered by wife Connie Loosli; children Jenna Loosli Carson, Becca Loosli, & Clayton Loosli; grandchildren JD Carson, Dimond Loosli, Brady Carson, Lexi Carson, & Kaia Loosli; twin brother Ed and many other family members and friends that will miss him deeply. Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service celebrating his life on October 8th, 2022 at 1:30 pm at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. Details, stories and tributes can be shared on the website http://www.forevermissed.com/allooslimd/about