Ross Hollywood Chapel

4733 Ne Thompson St, Portland, OR


David Bishop Bell

April 11, 1939November 7, 2019

David Bishop Bell died peacefully, surrounded by family on November 7, 2019. He was born April 11, 1939, in Boise Idaho, the second son of Walter G. and Georgia P. Bell. The family moved to Portland in 1942.

He attended Alameda Grade School, Grant High School and Oregon State University, graduating with Honors with a B.S. from the School of Pharmacy in 1962. After working as a pharmacist for 1 year, he enrolled at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, receiving a Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1967 and an M.D. degree Magna Cum Laude in 1969. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1972. He was the recipient of many honors and scholarships.

Dr. Bell then served as major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky from 1972 to 1974 working as a pediatrician at Ireland Army Hospital.

He returned to Portland in 1974 and entered pediatric practice at the Metropolitan Clinic. He practiced pediatrics continuously with that organization and its successors for over 35 years. He served as Chairman of the Pediatric Department of Emanuel Hospital for 5 years from 1977 to 1982. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Sciences University. After he retired from Metropolitan Pediatrics, he worked at Portland Pediatric Urgent Care until his final retirement in December 2016.

In high school, he received varsity letters in football and track and was active in the choral department singing in the choir and its related ensembles. He was an Eagle Scout.

He was active in his church, Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, his entire life in Portland. He was active in the youth programs and was ordained a Deacon in 1963 and an Elder in 1966. He sang in the Chancel Choir during his High School years and as an adult from 1987-2018.

In 1961, he married the former Lorna Dee MacKinnon of Juneau, Alaska. Together, they had three children. She died in 1986.

In 1998, he married Efrosinia P. Longworth, acquiring 5 adult step-children in the process. Together they adopted two school-age children from Russia.

Dr. Bell is survived by his wife, Efrosinia Bell; children, David A. Bell, Diana L. Gage, Malcolm B. Bell, Yana M. Bell and Briana V. Bell; 2 granddaughters; 5 step-children; 6 step-grandchildren; and brother, Walter E. Bell of Brunswick, Maryland.

There will be a visitation at Ross Hollywood Chapel on Thursday, November 14, 2:00-5:00pm. The memorial service will be at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 16, at 2:00pm. There will be an earlier graveside service for family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Dave to Rose City Park Presbyterian Church.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 16, 2019


David Bishop Bell

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Jill Strasser

November 18, 2019

I want to let Dr.Bell’s family know how important he was in our lives and how special our connection was. When my first child was very young, Dr. Bell became our pediatrician. He was always kind, thoughtful and gentle with my children—and with the adults in our family, too. Somehow, he and I were discussing life in Portland when we realized that my father had daily driven David to work at Stanley Drugs where both of them worked—I think it was David’s summer job. My father was a chemist and David told me that their talks while driving had encouraged him to become a pharmacist and, later, a physician. He reminded me that my father always played the classical music station as they drove along. He told me what a profound influence my father had had on him. These memories became—and still are—a source of comfort when I think of my late father and how much I loved him.
Thank you, David, for being such an important and loving person in all of our lives. You will be missed.

Erika Meyer

November 16, 2019

Dr. Bell was an incredible pediatrician and teacher. He was constantly reading the journals and would share the topics with contagious enthusiasm. Even though I was 30 years his junior with so much less experience he would always show genuine interest in my perspective. I will never forget our numerous chats and discussions and occasional debates. He was an inspiration in my quest to continue learning and growing as a pediatrician. He will be missed.

Judy Gage-Nesmith

November 15, 2019

One special memory of Dave was waiting and talking together in the early morning hours during the shared birth experience of our first grandchild!

Cynthia Feng

November 12, 2019

Dr. Bell and I both joined Pediatric Urgent Care at the same time (with me working as his medical scribe). He was a great teacher, devoted football fan, and the most hardworking person I've ever known. Besides the vast knowledge he shared with me regarding medicine, we had many conversations about language, culture, and life. I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from him.

Deidre Burton

November 12, 2019

Dr. Bell celebrated his 20th anniversary with Metropolitan Clinic on my first day of work. He was a mentor and an example of a pediatrician wholeheartedly committed to the wellbeing of his patients and their families. I am honored to have worked alongside him and to have learned from him.