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Dr. Hugh A. Baskin

December 3, 1947 - November 25, 2016

Dr. Hugh A. Baskin, 68, passed away peacefully at home on November 25th, 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hugh was born on December 3rd, 1947 in Denver, CO to Jack and Lela Baskin. He was the middle of three children. His parents instilled in him the values of honesty, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, patience and kindness. Much of his childhood was spent helping out on the family farm. When the chores were done, Hugh could be found reading, throwing the football or riding his pony Corky to school.

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He sang in the men’s chorus and spent a year studying in Southern France. He truly valued the liberal arts education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1970. Hugh then attended University of Colorado for medical school, graduating in 1974. 

Hugh met Patricia Sheahan of Oak Park, IL on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They were married in Westminster, CO on June 1st, 1974 then relocated to Tucson, AZ for Hugh’s residency in pediatrics. After visiting the Pacific NW they fell in love with the area and settled in Salem, OR, where he began his career at Salem Pediatric Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Baskin dedicated his career to caring for children and families. His calm demeanor, endless patience and kind heart were qualities that guided him through 37 years of practice. He taught the importance of honesty and service to others by example. He spent over four years on the board at Salem Hospital, and was head of the medical staff for a year. Despite putting in long hours at work, Hugh was a dedicated husband and father to his two children. In recent years he was able to enjoy time with his three grandchildren.

Dr. Baskin valued a lifetime of education; he was an avid reader, and read both for work and pleasure. He appreciated music, visits to art and history museums, and was fluent in French and Spanish. He loved the outdoors and travelling. Camping, hiking, and running were frequent activities, and he participated in many Hood to Coast relays.  His greatest adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago with his wife in 2014, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. The following year they walked the Chemain Jacques, a 200 mile trek through southern France.

Hugh is survived by his wife Patty of 42 years, his son Colin Baskin and wife Jennifer Alexander, his daughter Megan Weathers and husband Sam, grand-daughter Anna (8 years), and grandsons Cormac and Emmett (1 year). Also surviving are his older sister Mary Lee Moneypenny and husband Robert, his younger brother Joseph Baskin and wife Dee, and nieces René, Kedryn, Cameryn, and Kyna. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Family Building Blocks at

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Words could never express my sorrow in Hugh's passing. I continue my prayers for you in this loss. I will never forget my brother and always cherish our times together no matter how limited they were. My love always...

Hugh was a true gentleman. I'm so grateful to have known him and to have so many memories with him and the family he loved so much!

Dr. B. Was a calming presence for a panicked parent on so many occasions. His easy going demeanor and plain language explanations with an encouraging smile made parenthood a bit less stressful Thank you, Hugh, for your endless support and positive encouragement. To his family, thank you for sharing him with us!

Wonderful, wonderful man and doctor. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and love. 

I worked with this man for 6 years.  I will always have great memories of the times shared at the Salem Pediatric Clinic. He was very much loved, respected, and will be forever missed.

I have had the privilege of working with you at SPC and you saw my daughters from time to time also pierced all three of their ears when they were babies. You were such a kind gentle person and will truly be missed. 

I will miss you so much Dr B.  I have the privilege of working with you at SPC  for years , laughing at your jokes that you use to say all the time, speaking Spanish with you and enjoying your stories  and learning lots of things from you.  RIP Dr B . . Viane 

Dr.baskin was an amazing person to work with I worked with him for a couple of year at SPC always so calm but sure of what he was doing I had the privilege of him seeing my son before he retired at SPC he will always be in prayers and thoughts he was a great person.

So sorry to hear of Dr. Baskin's passing. He was an amazing pediatrician-so calm, kind, and caring. He was especially patient and helpful with our struggles with a child with attention deficit issues. He will be greatly missed.

So sorry to hear of Hugh's passing Patty.  I have been blessed in working with the two of you.  Salem has lost a highly respected community member.  Please take comfort in knowing he is in a better place and free from all pain and that one day you two will be reunited. God bless you and your family.
Kathye Fultz 

Prayers to the family!  Dr. Baskin was my kids' pediatrician from the day they were born (2001, 2003 & 2006) until the day he retired. He was a great person and doctor. He was always so patient, kind and understanding. He always listened & reassured. We have missed him greatly since he retired.  He will definitely be missed. 

Dr. Baskin was a wonderful doctor for my two children, and so very caring.  My condolences to his family.  May you find peace in the memories you share.

He will be missed. He was my pediatrician as well as all four of my kids' until he retired. He was a wonderful doctor, we couldn't have had better! Rest in peace Dr Baskin.

Patty,  I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. Thinking of you and sending you my love. 
Sarah Barclay, former co worker at Salem MBU

So thankful to have worked with Dr Baskin at Salem Hospital. Such a gracious, compassionate physician. Always treated us nurses with great respect. He is missed. Heaven is blessed to have him!

Dr Baskin was always a kind and caring man and was my pediatrician for many years growing up. I'm saddened by his passing, and the world has lost a great man and wonderful person. 

Dr Baskin took on my 3 children in Nov. 1995 when my youngest daughter had to have emergency surgery. He was the best doctor my kids could ever had. He also had all my grandbabies till he retired. We loved him so much. Rest in peace Dr. Baskin!!!