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Rodger R. Engel

Rodger R. Engel, MD passed away on November 10, 2008.

Rodger was born on June 17, 1920, in Orange, CA. He practiced medicine as an OB-GYN in Long Beach. He moved his family to Fallbrook in 1965. He attended Graceland University and graduated from USC Medical School.

Rodger was a member of the Fallbrook Rotary Club, Land Conservancy, Tennis Club, Music Society and Fallbrook Hospital Foundation.

He was a past director of the Fallbrook Hospital, Fallbrook Citrus Association and Fallbrook Airpark.

He also was a member of many medical organizations, including past president of the Long Beach OB-GYN Society and Senior Staff OB-GYN at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

Rodger is survived by wife Gleam Engel, Fallbrook; daughters Melinda (Forrest) Baker, Temecula, and Jill Smith, Escondido; stepson Brent (Yoko) Smith, Chula Vista; grandchildren Kelly Baker, San Diego, Brinn (Greg) Strange, San Luis Obispo, Melissa Smith, Eugene, OR, and Jamie Smith, Escondido; and step-grandchild Maya Smith, Chula Vista. He was preceded in death by brother Rodney Engel, son-in-law Bill Smith and first wife Nita Engel.

He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

There will be a private family service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s Palomares House in Fallbrook.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Engel Family Preserve, Fallbrook Land Conservancy, PO Box 2701, Fallbrook, CA 92088-2701.


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