Obituaries: W.I. (Michael) Westcott

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday March 15, 2023
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Dr. W.I. (Michael) Westcott
Dr. W.I. (Michael) Westcott

February 1, 1937 — December 30, 2022

Dr. W. I. (Michael) Westcott, twin of Bruce J. Westcott of New York City, and brother of Peter F. Westcott of Scottsdale Arizona, was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1937, and died of complications to COVID and Parkinson's disease on December 30, 2022 at age 85.

He attended Wesleyan University and Temple University, graduating in 1961 with a B.A., then graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1966 with an M.D. and was conscripted into the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

Making San Francisco his home, he came out of the closet in 1978, served as a psychiatrist with the Adult and Geriatric Community Mental Health Centers in San Francisco, and retired in 2006.

He was an avid member of AA since 1983 and completed many courses on alcoholism and mental disorders and taught courses on treating alcohol dependence and dually diagnosed mental patients.

He was an avid scuba diver and traveled to the world's best sites. He was a pipe organ enthusiast and in his 60s took up lessons and traveled in Europe on pipe organ tours. He also collected and restored antique oriental rugs.

At his wishes he was cremated, and his ashes interred at the San Francisco Columbarium.

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