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Westheimer, Eric

Male 1950 - 2007  (56 years)

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  • Name Westheimer, Eric  [1
    Born 9 Feb 1950  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 69080377167141799E5074200FF15C7C86A6 
    Died 14 Jan 2007  Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I25895  My Family Tree | Weiss Lang Family Branch
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2020 

    Father Westheimer, David Kaplan,   b. 9 Nov 1927, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 2005, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Rothstein, Doris Gertrude,   b. 29 Jun 1920, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 2013  (Age 93 years) 
    Family ID F9286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Saxe, Karen Annlouise 
     1. Westheimer, Erin K.
     2. Westheimer, Cody Daniel
    Last Modified 3 May 2020 
    Family ID F24162  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • geni:about_me Dr. Eric Westheimer died on the afternoon of January 14th at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Born in Houston, Texas in 1950, Eric's family moved to California when he was 11. At the age of 2, he stated precociously that he wanted "to be a veterinarian for the Greyhound bus line."

      A prodigious child, he began his studies at UCLA at the age of 16. Though he began his studies in the Liberal Arts, after a time he looked deep into his heart and found his desire to "talk to the animals" still breathed. Attending veterinary school at UC Davis, he graduated at the top of his class. Throughout Eric's life, his lust for learning never ceased, not only in the veterinary sciences but also in art and culture.

      In autumn of 1975, Eric and his wife Karen moved to Goleta. Eric became the sole proprietor of Valley Animal Hospital. His clientele grew and grew. Loved by clients, patients and staff alike, Eric Westheimer was a man with compassion in his heart. Champion of four-legged, reptile and avian friends, he had a true love for animals and the natural world. Eric Westheimer fought to save Ellwood Shores from development. He was also a great carpenter, writer, harmonica player, singer and scholar.

      On January 24th of 2006, Eric had a stroke, the cause of which was later determined to be a terminal brain tumor. Eric beat the odds for many months, working as hard in rehab as he did at every thing else he ventured- with gusto,humor and perseverance. His wife Karen stood beside him every step of the way, participating in his rehabilitation as if it were her own. They were partners in every aspect of life.

      Not only was Eric Westheimer a successful professional, his family always came first. Eric was always there for his children, whether they needed help with their homework, a ride to a music lesson, or just wanted to hang out withtheir papa.

      Eric and Karen were true soul mates and life partners - their love was deep and endless. They never tired of each other's company. They were the best of friends.

      Eric is survived by his wife and two children, as well as canine family members Henry and Emma, cat Alex and his mother and brother. His son and daughter-in-law, Cody and Julia Westheimer reside in Los Angeles. His daughter, Harvey Rabbit, lives in San Francisco. Doris, his mother, and Fred his brother, also live in Los Angeles. He was truly one of the kindest, funniest, smartest and most free men to ever grace this planet. He touched countless lives, both animal and human, and will be missed by all.

      A memorial will be held at the Santa Barbara Unitarian Society (1535 Santa Barbara St.) on Sunday, January 28th at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society ( or the Heifer Project (

      -- Santa Barbara News-Press, January 21, 2007

  • Sources 
    1. [S1060] Obituary, for Eric (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1006] Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997,, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.Original data: Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State), 1,8781::0.

    3. [S1060] Obituary.