Class of 1963 spokeswoman Julie (Okey) Pryor, '63 says:
"I just found out yesterday that Jeff Reinking passed away about 3 days ago, from mesiothelioma.
"His funeral will be held at the LDS church at 287 Poet Smith Drive in
Auburn, CA 95603-5747. It will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 11th. There will be a viewing at 10:30 am that morning.
"There will be an informal gathering (to share memories) at a local restaurant bar on Saturday evening.
"You can try to contact Jeff's brother Vic, '65 for details."
Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking (1945 - 2011)
Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking
11/19/1945 - 6/1/2011
Dr. Jeffrey Carl Reinking, co-founder and long-time Medical Director of Auburn Pain Rehabilitation Medical Clinic, died on June 1, 2011 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, surrounded by family. He died following a long struggle with cancer. He was 65.
Dr. Reinking was born November 19, 1945 in Long Beach, California, to the late Jesse Reinking and Evelyn Bentley Reinking. He received his BS from Brigham Young University, his MD from the University of Arizona and completed his residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to completing his MD, he received a MS in pharmacology at the University of Arizona.
He was a professional member of a number of national and international organizations including the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Association of Pain and Chemical Dependency and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Reinking was recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pain.
He was committed to the idea that only through empathy, and an understanding of the whole person, could the debilitating disease of chronic pain be treated and transcended. He was convinced that an integrative approach to the treatment of chronic pain offered the most promise of alleviating patients' suffering and restoring their ability to function in the world.
He worked with a team that included psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, clinical pharmacologists, and massage therapists, among others. He recognized that every individual suffering from chronic pain was unique, that each of them had a story, and that by entering into their story in a genuine way, he and his colleagues could help them find a path back to wholeness, and a life no longer dominated by pain.
He was frequently invited to be a guest speaker at international conferences and meetings devoted to the study of pain. He traveled throughout North America, and to Europe, Asia and Australia to share ideas and learn from practitioners in many different cultures. He served as a consultant on pain management at numerous clinics, hospitals and medical schools and mentored many physicians on the treatment of pain. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis Medical School.
Jeff will be remembered by family, friends and colleagues as a skilled physician, a gifted traveler and story-teller, a devoted father, grandfather, husband and uncle, and as a man whose life was informed by extraordinary enthusiasm, uncommon compassion and contagious laughter. He was an active, committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and served his church as a missionary in Germany in 1967-68.
He is survived by his wife Robin Reinking, his children Jesse Reinking and Brooke Reinking, his grandson Jayden, his stepsons David Miles and Aaron Miles, his brother Victor Reinking, his sister Christine Strandberg, his first wife, Beverly Reinking, his nieces Sara Gharbi-Reinking, Shari Jackson, Tamara Jackson, Elizabeth Miller, Rebecca Miller and Claire Bainbridge and his nephews Michael Jackson and Andrew Bainbridge.
Funeral services for Dr. Reinking will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auburn, 287 Poet Smith Drive. All are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the church, on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of services.