Lasting Memories

Oakley Hewitt
Feb. 16, 1937-Nov. 6, 2021
San Mateo, California

OAKLEY HEWITT, M.D. – February 16, 1937 - November 6, 2021

Oakley Hewitt passed away November 6, 2021 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. Oakley had tremendous curiosity and a great zest for life. He was a voracious reader and loved traveling the world and exploring new places. He attended theater, opera and symphony, visited museums, listened to jazz, and participated in, and in later years watched, sports, particularly tennis, hockey and bicycling. He was also a generous supporter of the arts. Oakley was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, spending summers in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania, Cape May, New Jersey, and Saratoga, Wyoming. He attended Princeton Country Day School, Lawrenceville and Yale (where he was a member of the Glee Club, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Book and Snake). After attending architecture school at Yale, Oakley served in the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. The following two years were spent in Denver and Cheyenne, where he decided to enter medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine. After graduation, an internship at the Public Health Service in San Francisco and an orthopedic surgery residency at UCSF, Oakley went into practice for a year in Concord, Massachusetts. He then returned to California and joined the orthopedic surgery department at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic (now Foundation), where he had a gratifying practice for 37 years. Dr. Hewitt is survived by his wife, Alice Ames Morison of San Mateo; son Christopher Oakley Hewitt and his family (wife Barbara Brunson Hewitt and grandsons Samuel Brunson and Nicholas Oakley Hewitt) of Austin, Texas; daughter Elizabeth Carleton Hewitt and her family (husband Keith Scarborough Koegler and grandsons Kurt Watson and Oakley Scarborough Koegler) of Palo Alto); and his former wife, Stephanie Hewitt, of Palo Alto, California.

From Diane DeLuca
Jan. 11, 2022

I have warm memories of my time with Doctor Hewitt, exactly 40 years ago, when he treated me for a broken wrist. It was my good fortune that he was "on call" at the Clinic on a Super Bowl Sunday, when I had my fall. The fracture was quite complicated, and I have always given Doctor Hewitt the credit for returning me to the full use of my wrist. So sorry to learn that he suffered with Alzheimer's; may he R.I.P.

From bruce adornato
Dec. 24, 2021

Oakley Hewitt was a caring and thoughful orthopedist who practiced in Palo Alto for many ears at "The Clinic". He was the go-to orthopedist for a caring and rational approach to nearly any orthopedic problem. He is missed.

Dec. 23, 2021

I had the great pleasure to work with Dr. Hewitt. Oakley was compassionate about medicine and shared great empathy with his patients. He was a great physician and a great person. He will be missed by our community.