Julian S. Ansell MD
June 30, 1922 – April 2, 2019
Dr. Julian Samuel Ansell, born in Portland Maine on June 30, 1922 to Jacob M. and Anna Gertrude Ansell, passed away at age 96 on April 2, 2019.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eva R. Ansell, their five children: Steven Ansell (Mary), Jody Ansell (Matthew McKinnon), Carol Grant (Robert), Ellen Ansell (Rick Rogow) and Peter Ansell, eight grandchildren and his sister, Shirley Brown.
Julian’s love of family, curiosity about and enjoyment of people and the world, as well as his determination to excel and Jewish faith led to a life rich with professional accomplishment, familial love, friendships, music, art, and travel.
Julian led a life of service, the needs of his patients surpassed only by those of his family. His experiences during the Great Depression and WWII shaped his outlook. As a child, he helped his Mother and Grandmother with their small store and, while in college, supported his sister’s education as a nurse. Having lost his father when he was seven and seeing his mother struggle to provide for him and his sister, Julian paid attention to the impact of policy on the lives of all members of the community, espousing mutual responsibility and supporting social safety networks.
Julian enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in communications until the end of WWII. Via the Corps, he received his Baccalaureate from Bowdoin College in 1946.
Julian and Eva (nee Ballin) met in 1949 when they were both working at a summer resort in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. They married in 1951. It was a big year for Julian who also received his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University in 1951. The couple moved to Minneapolis, MN, where Julian completed his internship in surgery and residency in urology, and received his PhD in 1959, all at the University of Minnesota. Their first three children were born in Minneapolis in 1954, 1955 and 1957.
In 1959, the family moved to Seattle where Julian had been appointed head of the Division of Urology at the University of Washington, and the last two of five children were born in 1960 and 1964. In 1965 Julian became the first chair of the Department of Urology. He continued service as chair until 1987. He practiced and taught at the University until 1992, when he became professor emeritus. Additionally, he provided medical care at Harbor View and Children’s hospitals, and to patients at Ft. Lewis.
Julian did seminal work in closure of neonatal extrophy of the bladder. His research included renal sparing surgery; smoking and bladder cancer; wound healing in infected and irradiated tissues; reflux and renal failure as well as other areas of interest.
He was a member of professional associations and served as President of the Society of University Urologists in 1979. He was a member of the Medical Quality Assurance Commission of Washington State from 1992-2005 and served as it’s chair in 2001.
Julian’ and Eva’s enthusiasm for mountaineering was born and nurtured in Seattle. They joined The Mountaineers and the American Alpine Club. They especially loved the North Cascades and Julian was involved in several first ascents (and attempts), including a new route up the south side of Mt. Johannesburg. In addition to the joys of climbing with fellow enthusiasts, lifelong friendships were born of these adventures. Julian was blessed to be able to hike and enjoy the outdoors into his ninth decade.
Along with his professional and athletic accomplishments, Julian will be remembered by his family and friends for his wit and sense of humor, his love of puns and crossword puzzles, his skill as a raconteur and his loyalty to family.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. at Acacia Memorial Park Chapel followed by burial. 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle 98155.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Julian Ansell to The Mountaineers at www.mountaineers.org or 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 98115
- Chapel Service Sunday, April 7, 2019
- Burial Sunday, April 7, 2019