Harry C.H. Fang, 74, a longtime faculty member and former director of neurological sciences at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, died unexpectedly last month.
Born March 10, 1924, in Soochow, China, he died Feb. 26 at his Encinitas home.
Fang received medical training at the Harvard Medical School Neurological Unit and served on the faculties of the University of Alabama and UCLA before coming to USC in 1965.
He was promoted to professor of seurology and pathology in 1971. In 1973, he was named director of the division of neurological sciences at Rancho Los Amigos – a position he held until his 1991 retirement. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American College of Physicians. Fang was particularly interested in stroke and rehabilitation neurology, said Leslie Weiner, chair of the Department of Neurology. In the 1960s, he examined the effects of amphetamines on the nervous system, showing they could produce strokes and inflammation of small blood vessels, Weiner said.
Weiner also remembered Fang as a good teacher who never had a loud word for anybody and was interested in music, culture and his family.
“He had always been a very conscientious neurologist, always very interested in his patients,” Weiner said. “And he was a very caring person as well.”
Fang is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marian; two daughters, Fernette Eide of Chicago and Farrell Sheffield of San Diego; two sons, Ferric of Colorado and Forrest of San Francisco; and six grandchildren.