It could be said that Dr. Richard John Bing, who died Monday just weeks after his 101st birthday, had lived several lives — all of them distinguished.
The longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident excelled as a medical doctor, scientific researcher, author, professor and composer of classical music.
Bing arrived in the area in 1969 to establish a residency program in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital and to conduct research at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, where he served as director of experimental cardiology until retiring in 2005.
"He has been called the perfect Renaissance man," said HMRI President William Opel, who announced his friend's death Wednesday afternoon.
Memorial services are pending, and son William Bing, director of bands at Caltech, could not immediately be reached.
Bing was director of education at Huntington Hospital and taught at Caltech and USC.
Bing was born on Oct. 12, 1909, in Nuremberg, Germany, where he studied music and medicine before leaving Germany in 1934 for medical school at the University of Bern, Switzerland.