René Bine Sr., MD – René Jr.’s father
Dr. Bine, Sr. was born in San Francisco in 1882 and graduated from University of California Medical School in 1903. He continued his study of medicine in Paris, Vienna and Heidelberg until 1905, when he returned to San Francisco to open a private practice and to teach at his alma mater. After the Great Earthquake and Fire devastated San Francisco on April 18, 1906, he served for 7 months as Camp Commander of the Harbor View and Marina Presidio Relief Camp — caring for refugees and those who were injured by or became ill after the disaster. In 1908, he founded the San Francisco Tuberculosis Association. He practiced internal medicine until his retirement in 1953. He passed away in 1956.