May 5, 1939 – March 22, 2014
Richard L. Siegler, 74, of Davis California, died peacefully at his home March 22, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Dick pursued a career helping children, specializing in pediatric nephrology. He established the division of pediatric nephrology and the pediatric dialysis unit at the University of Utah, which continues to serve the entire Intermountain West region. For more than 30 years he shared his medical expertise, personal strength, humor, and commitment to quality with peers, patients and their families. He was recognized as one of the world’s experts in post-diarrheal hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), publishing seminal articles on both short-term prognostic indicators and long-term complications of the disease. After retiring from the University of Utah he continued to contribute to the health of children through his work in Guatemala, where he was honored by the President of Guatemala at the opening of the Richard L. Siegler Pediatric Hemodialysis Center, the first such center in the country. Dick loved adventure, travel, and the outdoors, and once came to work battered and bruised, having become the oldest person to navigate the Olympic luge track in Park City, Utah. Dick was an accomplished violinist and was a member of the Wasatch Symphony Orchestra for many years. Dick was a true character in the best sense of the word, and he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations to Bridge of Life, DaVita Medical Missions – Guatemala Project (www.bridgeoflifemm.org/our-missions/guatemala/).