I am so sorry to learn of the passing of past NYSPMA president and NYCPM Board member Hank Merletti, who besides being extremely active, was one of the really super nice guys in podiatry! My condolences to his enormous family, including his eight kids, TWO of which, my Podiakids Ted and Michael, are podiatrists and former students of mine.
Arthur Gudeon, DPM, Rego Park, NY
RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2
RE: The Passing of Thomas Suerdieck, DPM
A private committal with military honors is being planned for Dr. Thomas Suerdieck who passed away peacefully this past weekend in Aptos, California. He had recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.
Dr. Thomas Suerdieck
Dr. Suerdieck practiced for more than 20 years in Mattoon, Illinois. During this time, he was active in the local Knights of Columbus and Elks. He relocated his family to San Jose, California in the 1970s, and retired in Aptos with his beloved wife of 64 years, Betty.
Source: Journal Gazette & Times-Courier [12/7/18]
RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1
RE: The Passing of Henry P. Merletti, DPM
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of NYSPMA Life Member and Past President Henry Merletti, DPM of Niagara Falls.
Dr. Henry Merletti
"Hank" was very active with the association for years and with NYCPM and we appreciate all of his contributions to the association and the podiatry profession. Our thoughts are with his family including his son Ted who is also an NYSPMA member.
New York State Podiatric Medical Association
RE: The Passing of Allen "Doc" Martindale, DPM
Allen "Doc" Martindale, DPM , 83, formerly of Fort Wayne and Warsaw, IN, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Legacy Heights in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Allen Martindale
He graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. In 1959, Doc moved his family to Fort Wayne, where he practiced medicine for over 35 years. Doc immersed himself in the medical community in Warsaw. After joining the staff at Kosciusko Community Hospital, he rose to Chief of Staff.
Source: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette via Legacy.com [12/6/18]
RE: The Passing of Lonnie Schwartz, DPM
It is with sadness that I report the passing of my friend and colleague, Lonnie Schwartz, DPM. Lonnie and I were friends since grade school. We lived together while attending OCPM. He graduated in 1984 and practiced in Dallas. He always was ready to help others.
Dr. Lonnie Schwartz
He was loved, admired, and respected by those lucky enough to have known him. He will be missed.
Nicholas Sol, DPM
I was very sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Jim McClain, another Kern Hospital alumnus gone too soon. Dr. McClain was a respected physician, well-known as a kind and free spirit. He touched the lives of many within the podiatric medical community and especially within the community where he practiced in Kalamazoo, MI. On behalf of the entire team at Bako Diagnostics, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the McClain family, to Dr. McClain’s staff, and to his friends and colleagues. Rest In peace, Dr. McClain - you will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Shawna Shapero, Vice President, Corporate and Professional Relations
I was so shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Jim McClain’s passing. We were classmates in Chicago. Jim was one of the brightest and most hard working individuals in our class. I always remember Jim as being passionate about the pursuit of knowledge and his work. Our profession has lost a shining star who will be missed by all who have had the good fortune to know Jim. My condolences go out to his family. Rest in peace.
Thomas A. Graziano DPM, MD, Clifton, NJ
RE: The Passing of James H. McClain, DPM
James H. McClain, DPM, died Nov. 27, 2018, at his home, at the age of 64. Jim graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980 and did his surgical residency at Msgr. Kern Hospital in Warren. He began his own practice in Kalamazoo with a satellite office in Sturgis. He then opened a permanent office in Sturgis and Coldwater, where he practiced for the next 32 years, and at the Specialty Clinic in Three Rivers for 17 years.
Dr. James McClain
Dr. McClain was a member of the American and Michigan Podiatric Medical Associations; American Board of Podiatric Surgery; and St. Joseph and Branch County Medical Societies.
Source: Sturgis Journal [11/29/18]
RE: The Passing of Howard Werter, DPM
Dr. Howard Werter, 85, passed away on November 21. He graduated from the MJ Lewi School of Podiatry in 1958 and was in private practice in Flushing, NY. Dr. Werter was director of podiatry at the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute for many years. He was on staff at Peninsula General and Long Island Jewish Hospitals. He was a pioneer in the field of podiatric biomechanics/Root theory and also in MIS surgery. Werter, who retired in 2005, was a lifelong member of the NYSPMA and still kept an active license until his death because he was so proud to be a podiatrist.
RE: The Passing of Jennemary Boyd, DPM
Dr. Jennemary Boyd
Dr. Jennemary Boyd, age 87, passed away November 15, 2018. She earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio State University and was a retired podiatrist.
Source: Bexley News [11/24/18]
RE: The Passing of Robert C. Alberhasky, MD
Bako Diagnostics and the podiatric community mourn the loss of pathologist, Robert C. Alberhasky, MD, who died on Saturday, November 17th in a single-engine plane accident at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, GA. Details of a memorial service will be forthcoming on the BakoDx website.
Dr. Robert Alberhasky
Wayne L. Bakotic, DO, Bako co-founder and dermatopathologist stated, “It is with great sadness that we share this news. Dr. Alberhasky had a long history in the podiatric medical community and was part of the Bako family from nearly our inception. He will be remembered for his professionalism and dedication to podiatric pathology, but especially for his cheerful and kind disposition. "Dr. Bob", as he was known around the lab, was always available to help, be it for a colleague or a friend and will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to the Alberhasky family and to his many friends.”
Source: Bako Diagnostics
The monumental steps Dr. Dixon made to advance our profession are remarkable. On several occasions, I had the opportunity to spend time with her, and she never once spoke of any challenges, only positively of her career and life. I was in awe to see the tribute she was given at her 100th birthday celebration in her home town in Alabama. This event was sponsored by National Park Services for which she dedicated much of her time. Kudos to her daughter Janet who made it possible for Dr. Dixon to travel and be at many national podiatry events in her later years. For all the younger podiatrists reading this, please reflect on those such as Mildred, who sacrificed to build a strong and solid foundation for our wonderful profession.
Hal Ornstein, DPM, Howell, NJ
Dr. Mildred K. Dixon was one of the most decent human beings ever. She was a "mensch", honest, and gracious. She was one of a kind who dedicated her life to caring for veterans. I know that she was recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the past for her efforts. She was a bright star for our profession.
She will be missed. May she rest in peace.
Arthur E. Helfand, DPM, Narberth, PA
Our profession lost a real champion for podiatric medicine when we lost Dr. Mildred K Dixon. I have known her my entire career in podiatry as just a sincere and friendly person who would always be there to help anyone in need. She will always be a special person and one to remember. In her days in practice, she overcame many racial issues that she confronted, particularly in her community during those early years of practice. We should all have her energy for the good of the profession. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to her loving family whom I have also met on several occasions.
Steven J Berlin, DPM, Baltimore, MD
RE: The Passing of John R. Graham, DPM
Dr. John R. Graham, 96, of Decatur, IL, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth. Dr. Graham was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country during WWII. He graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1950.
Dr. John Graham
Dr. Graham was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Golden K of Decatur, IL, Illinois Podiatry Association, and in 1975 was president of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Graham was passionate in helping people in his podiatric practice.
The Passing of Eric M. Goldenberg, DPM
Eric Goldenberg, DPM, 62, has passed away. During his undergraduate years, Eric performed on the professional wrestling circuit as "Boris, the Russian Crusher" and was an avid fan of wrestling. He earned a Masters in Cellular Biology and a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He taught at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA.
Dr. Eric Goldenberg
In 2000, He established a podiatric practice in Daytona Beach at Halifax Health where he specialized in wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal [10/27/18]
RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1
The Passing of Jeffrey J. Bernardone, DPM
Dr. Jeffrey J. Bernardone of Mansfield, 60, peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and completed his residency there.
Dr. Bernardone had a private practice in Quincy, worked at the VA hospital in Boston, and was affiliated with Quincy and Carney hospitals and several nursing homes on the South Shore until he was stricken with MS over 23 years ago.
Source: The Sun Chronicle [10/22/18]
It is always sad to see friends for many years pass away. Dr. Stuart Bass will be greatly missed as he was the rock who kept the podiatry alumni associations from both Civic Hospital and Kern Hospital active for many years. He was also very instrumental in the education of many podiatrists in the residency programs, primarily in the Michigan area, as well as other regions in the country. I extend my deepest sympathy to his loving family. Stuart will always be remembered as a wonderful person who will be also missed by the podiatry profession.
Steven J Berlin, DPM
From: Randy K. Kaplan, DPM
It's a very sad day for the profession, MPMA, and the Civic/Grand/Kern community. Dr. Bass epitomized the same dedication and passion to podiatric resident education and the profession as did his own mentors, Drs. Earl G. Kaplan and Irvin O. Kanat. Dr. Bass was an incredible mentor, teaching not just podiatric medicine and surgery but real life lessons and the importance of our profession's history. He taught residents to give back to the profession to make it better for those who follow. In short, he made a difference. He was a Civic-Kern boy, heart and soul. Gone too soon, but not forgotten!
Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, Clinton Township MI
Dr. Bass, in simple terms, was a mensch. As a Kern Hospital resident, he taught us all the importance of knowledge, professionalism, and humility. He always took his time to simply listen, a trait that many of us fail to do with our patients and even our friends and family. He taught us how to relate to patients and colleagues. And yes, he taught us how to enjoy our lives. Dr. Bass, you are already sorely missed and many of us who were lucky to know him have a big hole in our hearts this week.
Mitchell Greenbaum, DPM, Plainview, NY
Dr. Stuart Bass was part of my Kern Hospital experience that I will never forget. He helped to run the program and the CHRAA annual meeting. He had another job as a security officer at a water park (I am sure, just for fun.). He would invite the residents to the park after it was closed and we had the run of the place. I also remember meals (meetings) at his home. I am grateful and fortunate to have had him as part of my residency experience.
Mark Light, DPM, Marietta, GA
I read with such sadness of Dr. Bass’ passing. He trained two generations of men and women at Civic/Grand/Kern who are now podiatric surgeons. These two generations are training their share of men and women who are, I’m sure, regaling their trainees with stories of the innate goodness, class, and grace of this man and mentor. RIP, Dr. B.
David G. Armstrong, DPM, Los Angeles, CA
RE: The Passing of Stuart Bass, DPM
Tuesday was a very sad day for podiatric medicine as many of us were stunned to learn of the passing of Dr. Stuart Bass. Dr. Bass was a respected physician, resident training director, and Director of the Civic-Kern Hospital Resident Alumni Association (CHRAA). He possessed a wit and humor that we will likely never see again.
Dr. Stuart Bass
On behalf of the CHRAA, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Bass family and to his many friends and colleagues within the podiatric community, especially CHRAA members #KERNELS. May you rest in peace, Dr. Bass - you will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Shawna Shapero, Bako Diagnostics, Alpharetta, GA
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Frank’s passing. He was actually my father’s podiatrist in University Heights, Ohio. I did a “private office clerkship” with him for one week during my senior year at CCPM. I remember he had late office hours one night. He had had a full day of patients and a full waiting room. At about 7 pm, he walked out to the waiting room, sat down, and said, “I’m just too tired to see any more patients” and sat with the few patients remaining to chat for about 15 or 20 minutes. They enjoyed it immensely!
A real “mench” and a fine doctor who was at the forefront of foot surgery for the time, including hospital privileges which was a rarity in 1976.
Neil H Hecht, DPM, Tarzana, CA
RE: The Passing of Paul Scherer, DPM
I'm writing this after reflecting on a call I just had with Dr. Scott Kantro. Scott summed everything up when he said, "In an era when things can be so blatantly transactional, Paul was the opposite." Indeed, that was Paul. He made people better. Perhaps, in honor of Paul, we can all work together to make those around us a little better. Rather than robbing Peter, let's give ourselves to pay Paul and pay it forward.
David Armstrong, DPM, Los Angeles, CA
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RE: The Passing of Irwin H. Frank, DPM
Dr. Irwin H. Frank, 90 passed away Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego. He attended Indiana University and Carroll College prior to earning his medical degree at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1955 and doing a residency in the Cleveland Foot Clinic at the college. Later that year, he began his most distinguished 42-year career in Cleveland.
Dr. Irwin Frank
Dr. Frank was appointed chief of the podiatry section of the division of orthopedic surgery and director of outpatient podiatry clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He was appointed chief of podiatric surgery at St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Marymount Hospital and to the staff of South Point Hospital of Cleveland Clinic. At the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, he served as the assistant dean, chief of surgery, director of residency program, and clinical instructor.
Source: Cleveland Jewish News [10/4/18]