William F. Jacobs, MD, respected professor of Cardiology at UTMB Galveston passed away on Monday, November 23, 2009. Born on August 11, 1938, in Chicago, to loving parents Allie and Fred Jacobs, formerly with the Hughes Tool Co. the Jacobs family moved to Houston, Texas when Bill was 8 years of age. Bill was graduated from Lamar High School where he played in the high school band before joining the Texas Longhorn band at his beloved University of Texas.
In 1965 he graduated with honors from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston and interned at the University of California. He performed his internal medicine internship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. He studied under such notables as Harvey Proctor, MD, and conducted cardio vascular research project at Emory.
He returned to Washington DC, where he established a thriving private practice in cardiology and internal medicine at the Watergate for 26 years where he was recognized by his peers in the Washingtonian magazine in the list of Best Physicians. He was recruited to join the Cardiology teaching faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch as a Professor completing his life long desire to teach the next generation of physicians.
Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Jacobs Kalill.
He is survived by his wife, Gail S. Ayers, PhD, daughters Allison and Jennifer Jacobs of NY and Richmond, and stepson Blair Linville and his wife Amanda and three children Grant, Garrett and Clara Linville of Las Vegas. Bill is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bill Kalill, Midland; niece, Kim Hillin, from Houston and her children Luke, Stephanie and Joseph Hillin of Houston; and niece, Karen Courtney and husband, Guy, of Dallas and their children Kateland and Kendall.
Bill leaves many extended family members, friends, students and colleagues to celebrate his life and his dedication to his patients in Texas and Washington DC.
His memorial service will be held at the Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Texas on Tuesday, December 1st, at 5:30 pm, led by Rev. David Green. Colleagues and friends are encouraged to join the family in celebrating his life at this time.
Expressions of sympathy and donations should be mailed to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.