Physician recalled from outside the medical field

In his first softball game in Little Rock, the not-so-brilliant manager placed Terry Yamauchi in left center field.

It was the perfect spot for him because in the second inning the center fielder and shortstop collided at full speed causing one to need 24 stitches and the another to fracture his jaw.

Dr. Terry Yamauchi quickly and skillfully stopped the bleeding and stabilized the other.

A few days later, the not-so-brilliant manager (yours truly) found out that Terry not only played third base for four years in college, but helped Portland State to the College World Series in 1962.

He immediately became our third baseman and the only player on the team to ever be named All-City.

Once in an exhibition game against a traveling national team, Terry made such a great catch that two weeks later, while speaking at a medical conference in Las Vegas, he was approached in the street by three members of this team and asked him if he was the guy. who hooked against them.

He was passionate about life, family, friends, and all sports, especially baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers fan) and trout fishing.

Terry was nationally respected as an expert in the field of infectious disease, and in 1975 he was recruited from UCLA Medical School to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, becoming the eighth staff member.

He was an internationally renowned speaker who was humble and always had a sense of wit and humor.

His parents were from Japan and he spent two years in an American school there. He liked to tell the story of being in Tokyo giving lectures and people approached him and started talking in Japanese. He was laughing and saying, “I don’t speak a word of Japanese, but I’m pretty good at English.

Terry has served on too many medical boards to name them all and has been an advisor to numerous organizations.

Then-President Bill Clinton tried to hire him to be director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci. By then, Terry and his wife Alison and their two children, Jill and Geoffrey, had fallen in love with Little Rock.

Terry never missed an opportunity to brag about his family, and if there wasn’t a chance, he would create one.

When he hung up his softball cleats, he continued to lead a team he founded, the Buschwackers. For five years they went undefeated in Little Rock league play.

For too many years to count, Terry has volunteered to give free physical exams to teams across the region.

He always had a heart for the community.

On this day 40 years ago he showed up at the old doctors hospital to see my new baby girl. It wasn’t that he didn’t trust doctors. He wanted to do it for me.

It caused a stir that day that the infamous Dr. Yamauchi was in another hospital which immediately granted him privileges.

In the 47 years of calling him a friend, he never mentioned he was inducted into the Portland State Sports Hall of Fame.

He was also inducted into the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame, named Mr. Softball of Arkansas, and received the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame Achievement Award.

For years he was an avid runner.

The softball team he originally played with had lunch every month, and he was one of the first to arrive and the last to leave.

Last Saturday, after a battle with colon cancer, Terry left this world surrounded by his family.

Terry Yamauchi will be remembered by Legions as a brilliant doctor, a deeply loyal friend, a great American and family man who loved life and all it had to offer.

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