Bruce A. Houtchens, 57, died August 27, 1995, while hiking in the foothills of Salt Lake City.
He was born June 1, 1938 in Olympia, Washington, to Harold Max and Lulu Grace Allen Houtchens. Bruce grew up in Seattle, Washington. After high school, Bruce joined the Marines and then became a Naval Aviator. He left the service as a second lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington with degrees in Physics and Math. He later received a Medical Degree from Stanford University as well as Masters Degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He completed his residency in surgery at the University of Utah affiliated hospitals.He worked as a surgeon at the University of Utah, the VA Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Center. Dr. Houtchens was an active participant of NASA US-USSR Telemedicine Project. He was working on a thesis for a Masters Degree in Medical Informatics up until his death.
At the time of his death he was a Commander at the Naval Reserve, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Utah; Assistant Chief, Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital; Director, Surgical Critical Care, VA; Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah; Vice President Medical Affairs, Sarcos.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; son, Stepan Bruce; sister and brother-in-law, Lynne and Steve Storrar; nieces, Ferrol and Sydney Storrar, of Redmond, Washington.
Memorial service to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 31, at the Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bruce Houtchens Memorial Research Fund, c/o Sarcos, 360 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.
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