ASRA Mourns the Loss of Founding Father, Dr. L. Donald Bridenbaugh Jr.

Aug 8, 2018

ASRA founding father, Dr. L. Donald Bridenbaugh Jr., passed away August 1st in Sequim, WA. He was 95.

Dr. Bridenbaugh was the last surviving member of the five founders of ASRA. His death was preceded by Harold Carron, MD (1916-1991), Jordan Katz, MD (1932-2014), P. Prithvi Raj, MD  (1931-2016), and Alon P. Winnie, MD (1932-2015).

Dr. Bridenbaugh was the first vice president of ASRA, serving from 1975-1980, at which time he became president of the Society, a role in which he served until 1982. He received ASRA's Distinguished Service Award in 1989.

Spending most of his career at Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle, WA, he collaborated with Daniel C. Moore and conducted research on the use of lumbar epidural block for Cesarean section. He also conducted early studies of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and local anesthetic toxicity and dosing as well as ambulatory surgery and postoperative nausea and vomiting. He was the medical director of the Virginia Mason Hospital Outpatient Surgery Unit from 1983 until his retirement in 1989. He was active in the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served as a lieutenant from 1949-1951.

In 2015, ASRA celebrated its 40th Anniversary and Dr. Bridenbaugh, along with fellow founding member Dr. P. Prithvi Raj, attended a special retrospective session sharing their experiences during the early days of the organization. Dr. Sandra Kopp interviewed Dr. Bridenbaugh for one of several commemorative videos, which are available on ASRA's YouTube channel.