Alan Bertrand Compton
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Alan Bertrand Compton
  • April 24, 1946 - June 6, 2014
  • Juniper Hills, California

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COL ALAN B. COMPTON (retired,) was born April 24, 1946 at Seaside Hospital, Long Beach, California. He grew up in Wilmington, CA, where his father, Madison, was a teacher at Banning High School, and his mother taught 3rd grade.



An Eagle Scout with the BSA, he graduated from Banning High School in 1963. He earned an American history B.A. at UCLA, attended medical college at Rutgers University, and competed his M.D. at UCSF in 1971, where he met his wife Carol in a medical Spanish course. After completing his residency at the University of Kansas in 1974 he was placed on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served 20 years, stationed in Augsburg, Germany, twice at the Presidio of San Francisco, Redstone Arsenal, AL, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He completed a residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed, and obtained board certification in both internal medicine and psychiatry.



After discharge from the Army in 1994, he served as a psychiatrist for San Bernardino Co. until 2004. That same year he became a psychiatrist at the VA Behavioral Health Clinic in Santa Rosa, CA and retired from the medical practice in 2009.



He enjoyed historical interest books, classical music, jazz, feeding and listening to birds, and was a member of the Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol; brother Donald, daughter Christine Hall of Bonita, CA; son Madison Alan of Portland, OR; two granddaughters, two grandsons, and a step grandson. He was preceded in death by his brother William Douglas. A memorial service is planned for 10:30 am Saturday, June 14th, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Palmdale, CA. In honor of Alan Compton, a memorial may be sent to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297, or to a Lutheran church of your choice.