Douglas L. Forde


Dr. Douglas Forde died at home on Feb. 1. He was 84. Dr. Forde was born in Clinton, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the beach in 1944 and lived in Malibu Colony until 1990 when he and his wife, Jo Giese, moved to Broad Beach.

He attended the University of Southern California Medical School and built a practice in the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica.

His guideline as a physician was, “If you listen, the patient will tell you what’s wrong. If you listen hard enough, they will tell you how to treat it.”

Forde co-authored the classic text, “Interviewing and Patient Care.” Up until the last year of his life, he continued studying French and playing the piano. The week before he died, he had his last piano lesson.

He is survived by his wife, sons Douglas and Gregory, and granddaughter Amy.

An open memorial celebration will take place Feb. 22, 4 p.m., at the Malibu West Beach Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway. Attendees are requested to arrive by 3:45 p.m., wear a splash of red, beach shoes and to bring a warm jacket. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 17 to the Millers at 310.829.1554.

Donations can be made in Forde’s memory to the Keck School of Medicine at USC/ICM Program Fund, 1320 San Pablo St., PMB A-301, Los Angeles, CA, 90033.