Karen Sue Basin

Karen Sue Basin

Karen was born in Los Angeles, California to Michael and JoAnn Basin. Karen graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1978 as the class valedictorian and then graduated Pomona College in 1982 magma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Chemistry and Biology. From there, Karen went to Medical School at University of California at San Diego followed by an Internal Medicine residency at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA and a Rheumatology fellowship at the University of Southern California.

Karen moved to the Rogue Valley in 1991 and practiced rheumatology until her retirement in 2015.

Though medicine was Karen’s career, music performance was her passion. An accomplished bassoonist, Karen played with the Rogue Valley Symphony for 27 years and was principal bassoonist for the last five of those. She also played with the Ashland City Band and Jefferson Baroque Orchestra.

In 1999, Karen met her partner Wendyn Price; the two were officially married in 2015.

Karen had many interests in addition to medicine, music, and family. She was an avid bicyclist, skier, dog lover, and gardener. Karen considered herself a steward of the earth. Karen lived life to the fullest, even after contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017. In fact she aspired to become an expert on ALS and became a moderator for an online ALS forum.

Karen is survived by her spouse Wendyn, her parents, brother David Basin (Switzerland), his wife and their two daughters, Wendyn’s sons, their wives, two grandchildren, beloved dog Jaime, and a large music family.

City of Residence: 
Rogue Valley, OR
United States
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Date of Diagnosis: 
August 20th, 2020
August 3rd, 1960
August 18th, 2020