Dr. Milton Antipa, a longtime Santa Rosa urologist and former chief of staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, has died. He was 91.

Antipa died Feb. 2 from complications of an infection, said his wife of 66 years, Billie Antipa.

He practiced medicine in Santa Rosa from 1954 to the early 1990s and continued as an assisting surgeon until he was sidelined by a stroke in 2002, his wife said.

Throughout his career, he was a mentor to many young physicians, devoting a morning each week to teaching interns, his wife said.

"He was a fabulous man and a fabulous father," his wife said. "He was the love of my life. I was so proud of him."

Milton Alexander Antipa was born in San Francisco in 1921. His parents were Greek-American pioneers who owned a beach coffee shop on the Great Highway.

He graduated from Washington High School in 1939 and went to medical school at UC Berkeley. He attended a urology residency at Stanford University.

He was a surgeon aboard an army hospital ship in the Pacific at the end of World War II and came home to San Francisco to open a practice.

He met his wife at a Greek celebration and the couple was married in 1946. They had three children.

In 1954, they moved to Santa Rosa. Antipa was attracted by the hospital and the city's cultural amenities such as the Santa Rosa Junior College symphony. He became a member of the symphony association and was on the board of the local American Red Cross.

The family raised livestock on a 70-acre ranch at the end of Wallace Road. There, the doctor put his hands to a different use, building and repairing plumbing, electrical wiring and other home improvement projects. "The ranch gave this talent full expression," his wife recalled.

He was an ardent sailor who owned several boats and an extensive traveler, with a special passion for France and Greece.

On Feb. 2, he went to the emergency room at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with an infection. He died that night.

"He died in the place he loved," his wife said. "He loved that hospital as a second home."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children: Geoffrey Antipa of Georgetown, Corinne Antipa of Santa Rosa and Alexander Antipa of Davis. He's also survived by five grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for June.

— Paul Payne

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