Julie Ann Danaher, M.D.
Julie Ann Lucretia Danaher was born on Oct. 25, 1959 in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. to Thomas Hanchett Danaher and Nancy Beardsley Danaher. She died on April 17, 2020 in Livingston at the tender age of 60 from cancer.
Julie was the third child but always strived to be first — whether first in her high school class in Litchfield, Connecticut, or first up the mountain, with her nephew on her back and a cast on her arm. Her fierce ambition, tempered by her compassion and love, led her to high achievements. These included membership in the Nutmeg Ballet Company in Torrington, Connecticut, a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, a medical degree from Yale University Medical School, and a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Upon moving to Livingston in 1990, she served as an OB/GYN physician at the Park Clinic and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood: Montana. She served on the board of the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park County and on the Livingston School Board. She volunteered, with her physician father, at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. Later she served three times as a medical volunteer with the Tandana Foundation in Ecuador.
Julie loved poodles: Neechee, Zoey, Loki, Charlie and Moose, the last of whom survives her. She met her second husband, Phil, when their dogs decided that their respective owners belonged together.
She delighted in her children, for whom she was a tireless advocate. She was legendary for her many lifelong friends, whom she attracted with her energy, charisma, kindness, humor, intelligence and loyalty. Her family loved her dearly for her energy, frankness and compassion; there was nothing that was too intimate or too embarrassing for Julie to talk about or listen to. And she always asked questions. She was renowned for her Christmas Gingerbread men and women, who were always anatomically correct.
Julie pushed herself beyond barriers that held back most people. She stopped riding a bike only after her third arm fracture. A whirl of energy preceded her every entrance. Her quiet passions were cooking, knitting, reading mysteries, watching crime thrillers, camping with her family, riding horses and rock tumbling.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Kloot; her children, Samson Danaher Forstenzer and Lucie Barrett Forstenzer; her parents; her two sisters, Suellen Danaher Helinski and Sara Jane Danaher; her brother-in-law, Peter Helinski; stepdaughter, Katy Kloot; an uncle and aunt, Bill and Jeanne Danaher; and three nieces, two nephews and nine cousins. Her brother, Thomas J. Danaher II, predeceased her by 10 years.
A celebration of Julie’s life is planned for a later date.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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