After 10 years of general practice in Port Angeles, Dr. Eugene Wyborney left Wednesday for fulltime medical work with mentally retarded people at Lakeland Village near Spokane. A state school founded in 1914 Lakeland Village now has an enrollment of 1500. Dr. Wyborney will be the first full time physician.
Eugene Henry Wyborney was born at Bridgeport near Chief Joseph Dam, February 9, 1912. He attended Washington State College majoring in forestry and range management until his senior year when he changed to premedicine. In 1938 Dr. Wyborney graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland. He completed his general internship at Santiago County General Hospital in 1939. He then became resident physician in tuberculosis and chest medicine at Maryknoll Sanitarium where he stayed for 15 months. For the next six months he was at Riverside County Hospital.
The next years 1941 to 1946 were confined to military service. After a course in tropical medicine at Tulane he spent 23 months overseas in the Central Pacific area. Dr Wyborney says that his military assignments were divided between doing internal medicine in the receiving room and administration. He was admitting officer for the 36th Field Hospital attached to the 77th Infantry Division. "We went through four campaigns, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Leyete Gulf and Okinawa. On our biggest day we had 245 admissions in 24 hours. I saw them all myself and put them into a 400 bed hospital that was already full." It was at Leyte during an air raid that Dr. Wyborney received a wound that earned him the Purple Heart.
After the war in 1946 Dr. Wyborney became the medical
director of Aldercrest Sanitarium in Snohomish County. He
was also consultant in chest disease for the State
Department of Health. During this period he made regular
trips to Challam County. In 1947 he took a years leave to
return to Santiago County Hospital for another year as a
In 1951 he came to Port Angeles to
enter general practice. He has done post graduate work at
the University of Southern California and the Trudeau
School at Saranac Lake in New York.
In 1936 Dr. Wyborney married Mary Marilla Blakesley who had majored in music at Washington State College. The Wyborney's have three children.
Dr. Wyborney is a Rotarian, a member of the Naval
Lodge of Elks and the American Legion. For the past ten
years Dr. Wyborney has been the one of the most
experienced resident practioners on the North Olympic
Peninsula. He leaves a devoted group of patients for a
field of activity in which he feels physicians are
Dr. Wyborney, after a highly distinguished medical
career, pursued his interest in genealogy until his death
in 1996. As to the ancestry of his great grandfather
Jan(*1811) the only information available to that time
was that, according to family tradition, Jan's father was
Josef Vyborny. It is now also known that Jan was the
great great great grandson of Frydrich Vyborny(*1645) -
see the family tree.
Dr.Eugene and Marilla Wyborney in 1978.
Last updated: Sep 10, 2004