VALDEZ, AK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Dr. George Gay, part of the hippie Haight-Ashbury scene and a pioneer in drug treatment has died at the age of 77.
Gay, an anesthesiologist and former World War II veteran first came to San Francisco following the Grateful Dead. After a short time in private practice, he began providing medical care at the Free Clinic. Gay also teamed up with legendary promoter Bill Graham to found Rock Medicine to provide medical attention for concert attendees.
Subsequently, he worked for the California Department of Corrections, providing medical care for prisoners, did a stint as a professor at the University of California. He spent the last years of his life providing medical care in the remote region of Valdez Alaska.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dr. Gay suffered a fatal heart attack on February 15th.
"George R. Skip Gay the Founder of Rock Medicine shares the same birthday as Bill Graham and is as important to our mission, in fact he wrote the words we still live by today 'Take care of the patients now, return them to their friends and family, and do away with the necessity of hospitalizing them or getting them involved with the law'" said a statement on Rock Medicine's website. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers