Obituary: Michael R. Lachowicz
March 22, 2012
Commander Michael R. Lachowicz, M.D. died at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego on 9 February 2012. He was 82 years old.
Mike was a native of Dearborn, Michigan and received his Congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in and#8217;47. and#8220;Tigerand#8221; was a champion boxer, winning the 127 lb. title at the Midshipmen Brigade Boxing Championships. Graduating in and#8217;51, Mike was in the 4th Battalion, a member of the 13th Company.
Commander Lachowicz served in the Navy three times, first as a line officer on the USS Bayfield (APA-33). He left the Navy in and#8217;59 after fulfilling his duties in the Korean War to attend the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Mike returned to Navy in and#8217;65 joining the medical corps as an orthopedic surgeon. After returning to duty, he was based at Camp Pendleton, California, the Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed a Medical Tour in Vietnam.
Mike retired from the Navy in and#8216;76 to Lake Tahoe, California with his family, where he established a private practice. During this period he was also the Director of the Outpatient Department at the VA Hospital in Reno, Nevada. Also while in Tahoe, he was active in the Rotary Club, served as President of the Tahoe-Truckee Fly Fishers and belonged to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He returned to the Navy from and#8217;81-and#8217;83 as a surgeon at Camp Pendleton. Upon his last retirement, the Lachowiczand#8217;s returned to Tahoe. In and#8217;97 he and his wife moved back to Carlsbad. Mike continued to be active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he taught navigation. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2010 he became the namesake of the Perpetual Trophy in honor of his service and dedication to Recreational Boating Safety and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Mike had a passion for the outdoors and the Sierra Nevada in Lake Tahoe. While there in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, fly tying, and was always ready to take his family, friends and the pet dogs with him on cross country ski adventures into the back county and woods that he loved so much. He was also very fond of wooden boats and always working on his wooden boat if he was not sailing it.
Michael R. Lachowicz is survived by his wife of 48 years, Juanita, his daughter Alison and his son Andrew. Memorial services are being held in Oceanside, California on 24 March 2012. Donations in his honor would be appreciated for his favorite causes: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, UCSF School of Medicine, and the State and or National Parks.