Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Donald Charles Creevy, MD's memorial

Donald Charles Creevy, MD
April 22, 1936-March 3, 2024
Portola Valley, California

After several years of declining health, Dr Don Charles Creevy, 87, died peacefully in his sleep on March 3rd, 2024. Don's life was enriched by a rewarding medical career, a devoted family, cherished friendships, much laughter, a lifelong passion for classical music and high-quality audio equipment, and a deep love for travel photography.

Don cultivated enduring friendships with nearly everyone he encountered, leaving a profound mark on their lives. At his retirement celebration in 2010, over 300 friends and family members gathered to honor his legacy and the deep connections he fostered, reflecting his widespread influence. With his compassionate listening ear and genuine warmth, Don touched the hearts of all who knew him.

Dr. Don Charles Creevy was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School and relocated to California to commence an OB/GYN residency at Stanford University, subsequently establishing his own private practice. Don facilitated the delivery of over 6,000 babies, consistently advocating for optimal birthing experiences for both mothers and infants. During the 1970s and 1980s, his pioneering efforts to integrate midwifery into hospital and birth center settings were unprecedented. As a trailblazer in his field, he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Birth Place Resource Center and, later, The Birth Place, providing care for 1,200 mothers and newborns. Don's unwavering commitment to patient advocacy in childbirth and healthcare remained steadfast; many of the principles he championed during those formative years are now standard practice in the field.

Don is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ginger Hummer Creevy, his daughter and son-in law, Catherine Creevy and Aksel Fjaera, his daughter and son-in law, Kristin Creevy Lewis and Marc Lewis, his stepdaughter Nancy Niland and son-in-law Andrew Edwards, and his stepson Michael Hummer. He is also survived by his grandchildren Lauren Creevy Love, McKaila Lewis, Tessa Lewis, Sara and Bill Danielsson, Samuel Shatsky, Karijanne Pleifler and Adrian Haavik-Marthinussen. Don was proceeded in death by his parents, Charles Donald Creevy and Alice Creevy, his son Jonathan Creevy, his former wife Anne Creevy, and his brother Mike Creevy.

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Donations in his honor can be made to:, Chapter 32. Don was a great supporter to Ginger who founded the local Portola Valley chapter in 2012 which donates funds to empower the poorest women and girls (families living on only $2-4 per day) though health care programs, education, safety, financial literacy and gender equality worldwide.

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