Doctor, fly fisherman Keith Hansen dies
by Taylor Dungjen, The Oregonian
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:33 PM
Keith Hansen, a Portland doctor of oncology and seasoned fly fisherman, died in a fly-fishing accident Thursday on the Dean River in northwest British Columbia. Hansen was 63.
Hansen was an avid angler and conservationist of rivers and wild fish populations, says longtime friend Tom McAllister, 83, of Southwest Portland. McAllister and Hansen served together on the Flyfisher Foundation board. At the time of his death, Hansen was the foundation's vice president.
"As flyfishers go, nobody was more passionate about it," McAllister says about Hansen's conservation efforts.
Hansen, a medical oncologist for the Northwest Cancer Specialists and a stem-cell transplant expert, founded the Legacy Health System's stem-cell transplant program in 1989. Hansen was also a key factor in establishing the Northwest Marrow Transplant Program, which is now affiliated with Oregon Health and Science University.
"His death has created a void that's going to be very difficult to fill," says Dr. Gerald Segal, 54, of Southeast Portland, who worked with Hansen for 13 years.
As a doctor, Hansen was influential in training medical students in their residency.
"They not only learned hematology and medical oncology," Segal says, "but how to act as a physician, to do whatever was necessary to ensure that your patients get the best possible care. He was truly a great role model."
Outside of flyfishing and the hospital, friends remember Hansen's quick wit, sense of humor and culinary abilities.
"He was such a great host," McAllister says. "He just had a zest for life."
Hansen is survived by his wife, Lisa, his two children, Eric and Karen, and two stepsons, Gabe and Ryan Trif.
-- Taylor Dungjen, [email protected]