1986 ESHS Hall of Fame Inductee



James Puffer, M.D.
Class of 1968

Born:  December 20, 1949 - Place:  Hawthorne, California. 
Parents:  Walter and Delores Puffer.

At El Segundo High School

Active in American Field Services, German Club, Madrigals, Key Club (President) Forensic Society and Varsity Club; participated in Water Polo (Captain and Most Valuable Player) and Swimming (Captain); California Scholarship Federation (Sealbearer), served as Freshman President, ASB President, Student Justice and Head Roto Router, attended Boys' State, was in cast of "South Pacific".


Received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of California at Los Angeles, 1972; earned M.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1976.


Started in Family Practice, UCLA, 1976-1979; Associate Professor of Family Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1979 to Present; Chief, Division of Family Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1983 to present.  Appointed Head Team Physician of the 1988 United States Olympic Team for the games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul, Korea, Chief Medical Officer, Water Polo Competition, 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Physician, United States Winter Olympic Team, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, 1984.

"I am fortunate to have entered a profession which is devoted to understanding human condition, eradicating disease and providing comfort to those who are ill.  Certain fundamental principles guide the physician as he practices the art and science of medicine, and I began to acquire these while at El Segundo High School.  From many teachers I learned the importance of scientific inquiry, the power of the written word and the wealth of the arts and values, from my coaches I learned the value of hard work, dedication and teamwork;  and from my friends - I learned that communication, loyalty and trust are important elements in developing meaningful relationships with other human beings."