Ralph K. Zech, MD
Forever remembered, forever missed!!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff at Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation we would like to pay tribute to Dr. Zech who spent 29 years as a Foundation board member,four of those years as Board President. Dr. Zech contributed countless hours helping the foundation be a success. Many may remember his persuasive pitch at the Street Fair to buy “ducks” and of course we won’t forget the “bling” he sold at numerous Holiday Fantasy events. With our love and deepest sorrow, we will all cherish the memories we hold of Dr. Ralph Zech.
Dr. Zech joined the Board of Trustees in 1985, spending four of those years as the Board President. He graduated from Craighton University Medical School and completed his medical internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Zech completed his surgical residency at Harbor View and the University of Washington Medical Center. He went into private practice in Seattle in 1957, and began performing surgical procedures at Enumclaw Regional Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Hospital) in 1960. Dr. Zech moved his family and practice to Enumclaw in 1967. During the 1970’s, Dr. Zech was the Chief of Staff at Enumclaw Regional Hospital and became the Chief of Surgery until he retired in 1985. He was on the Human Rights Commission at Rainier School in Buckley since 1985, and was a Charter Member of the Enumclaw Rotary.