Bert A. Lies
Bert A. Lies, Jr. MD of Santa Fe, NM, and formerly of Aspen, CO and Buffalo, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 after an illness.
Born in Buffalo, NY in 1939, Bert graduated from Hamilton College in 1960. Later that year, he entered the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1964. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery in 1969 and joined the Godfrey Orthopaedic Group. He was fortunate to work with several professional sports teams, including the Buffalo Bills and the Boston Bruins. Bert later formed his own orthopaedic practice specializing in pediatric orthopaedics, which he continued through 1983. His greatest satisfaction professionally was caring for children with cerebral palsy.
Beginning in 1977, Bert began volunteering with the Indian Health Service as a visiting orthopaedist on the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. In 1983, he relocated his practice to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He dedicated himself to caring for patients both in his private practice and as an attending physician at St. Vincent Hospital, until his retirement in 1996. He also served as an orthopaedic and occupational consultant to the Aspen Ski Company beginning in 1989.
Bert was an active member of the Santa Fe community, developing an avid interest in Native American and contemporary art. He served as a Board Member of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian starting in 1985, and as President of the Board from 1987-1988. He was also an active supporter of SITE Santa Fe, serving as a Board Member from 1992-1993, and co-founding the SITE Santa Fe Publications Fund in 1995. Beyond Santa Fe, he began his service on the National Council of the Whitney Museum of American Art beginning in 1994 and the Aspen Art Museum in 1999, where he also served on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2004. He was also an active supporter of Artpace in San Antonio, TX and the New Museum in NYC.
Family and friends knew well the remarkable force of nature that was Bert: his boundless energy and unlimited enthusiasm, his quick intelligence and near photographic memory, an ability to generate a party wherever he went, and his deep love of family, particularly his wife Rosina and daughters Elizabeth and Becky. He was an avid sportsman: collegiate football and lacrosse player, and tennis player and skier throughout his life. Among his biggest joys were skiing with his four grandchildren in the Colorado rockies and walking with his beloved Leonbergers, Dagne and Emil.
Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Bert Alvin and Mary Louise Lies of Buffalo, NY and his sister Elizabeth Louise Lies. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Rosina Lee Yue, and his two daughters Elizabeth Lies Wey of Princeton, NJ and Becky Lies O’Grady of Edina, MN; his son-in-laws Philip Wey, MD and Shawn O’Grady, and his four grandchildren Nick and Alex Wey and Jack and Mary O’Grady. He is also survived by his brother Brian Lies of Columbus, Ohio and Longboat Key, Florida, sister-in-law Valerie Lies and their son Taylor Lies.
Donations may be made in Bert’s memory to the Aspen Art Museum and ACES. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
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