In Memory

Frederick Julian Wahl

Frederick Julian Wahl
Medical Officer
304th Station Hospital


7 Jul 1918 Evanston, Illinois - 16 Oct 2004 Santa Monica, California


He was the middle child of Rose and Rene Wahl. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Chicago, he completed his education, graduating from the Chicago School of Medicine in 1942. His internship and residency were interrupted by a three-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Western Europe. In 1951, he moved west to California, having completed his four-year general surgery residency at Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced general surgery in Beverly Hills, California, for 22 years. Thereafter, he became a partner at Cigna Health Plans of California, where he served as President, Medical Staff Chairman, and Head of the Department of Surgery. Fred was a dedicated physician, who defined himself by his profession and his commitment to his patients. He continued to provide medical services well into his eighties. In 1952, he married Sharon Sedan, whom he had met on a blind date organized by friends and family. Smitten with the young redhead, they were married within a year. The newlyweds established themselves in West Los Angeles, where they lived together for the rest of his life, primarily in the Pacific Palisades. He is loved and remembered by his wife, Sharon, a community educator; his three children, Michael, a television producer, Laurence, a veterinarian, and Wendy, an artist, and their spouses, Candy Wahl, Missy Wahl, and John Dunnigan; his six adoring grandchildren, Mackenzie, Joey, Taylor, Gabriel, Delaney, and Hannah, and his nephew, Donald Treiman. His friends and associates remember his vitality, energy, quick mind, and love of his family. He was able to balance the demands of being a physician, spouse, and father. Fred could often be found driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in a red sports car, listening to Mozart, to enjoy his Arabian horses corralled in Malibu. Fred and Sharon found pleasure in traveling to Europe and the Orient. Family ski trips were a yearly delight. Throughout his life, he loved animals, raising champion English Setters and German Shepherds, parrots, and two monkeys. After a short battle with cancer, Fred passed away peacefully in Santa Monica, on Saturday, October 16, 2004, surrounded by his family.