It could be said that Dr. Richard John Bing, who died Monday just weeks after his 101st birthday, had lived several lives — all of them distinguished.
The longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident excelled as a medical doctor, scientific researcher, author, professor and composer of classical music.
Bing arrived in the area in 1969 to establish a residency program in
"He has been called the perfect Renaissance man," said HMRI President William Opel, who announced his friend's death Wednesday afternoon.
Memorial services are pending, and son William Bing, director of bands at Caltech, could not immediately be reached.
Bing was director of education at Huntington Hospital and taught at Caltech and
Bing was born on Oct. 12, 1909, in Nuremberg,
He later traveled to Copenhagen, where he met Nobel Laureate Alexis Carrel and famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, who also were involved in medical research.
Bing would later work with Lindbergh at the Rockefeller Institute in
He remained a dedicated composer throughout his life, performing and recording a requiem in 1950 at the Neighborhood Church in
Bing was the subject of "Para Fuera," a short
"Medical research and music have in common the drive to create," Bing explains during the film.
Bing's words last appeared in this newspaper in August, when he complained in a letter to the editor that planned residential power outages burdened seniors who rely on in-home oxygen treatments to survive.