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RE: The Passing of Ronald J. Kaplansky


Ronald J. Kaplansky, age 75, passed away on January 8, 2020. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1972.


Dr. Ronald Kaplansky


Ron founded The Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers and has practiced podiatry for 35 years. He was well respected and was the first podiatrist to serve as the President of the Ohio State Medical Board.


Source: Columbus Dispatch [1/9/20]

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RE: The Passing of Virgil J. Landretti, DPM


Virgil J. Landretti, 85, of Rib Mountain recently died at The Aspirus Hospice House, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, surrounded by his loving family.


Dr. Virgil Landretti


Dr. Landretti graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and was a member of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. He had a successful career as a podiatrist. Virgil loved to cook and was owner of Virgilio's Cooking Classes. 


Source: Wausau Pilot



RE: The Passing of Jeffrey Siegel, DPM


It is very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Dr. Jeffrey Siegel. When his practice was in the Philadelphia area, I had the pleasure of working along with him for a number of years as a lab Instructor at TUSPM for the cadaver surgery course directed by Dr. Gary Bauer. Dr. Siegel was always willing to unselfishly share his knowledge, experience, and time for any student.


There is literally a countless number of residents and students whom he helped; from not only Temple University but multiple programs over the years including annual medical mission trips to Nicaragua. He was director of residency training at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, NM and most recently in Bradenton, Florida, which along with a multitude of grateful patients have all become direct beneficiaries of his academic positions and surgical expertise. I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my sincere condolences.


Erwin J. Juda, DPM, RPh, Wilmington, DE



RE: The Passing of Charles W. Hollenbach, DPM


Dr. Charles W. Hollenbach, 89, of Brookhaven, PA, passed away on September 16, 2020. He was a 1948 graduate of Media High School and later received a degree as Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a volunteer docent in Independence National Historical Park for 25 years.


Dr. Charles Hollenbach


He was a Past President of the Keystone Podiatry Society of Pennsylvania, and a former Board Member of the Child Health Centers of Chester and Vicinity, and the Chester Human Relations Commission.


Source: The Daily Times [9/17/20] 



RE: The Passing of Jeffrey Siegel, DPM


It is with tremendous sadness that I inform PM News readers of the untimely passing of Dr. Jeffrey Siegel. He died peacefully in the presence of his beautiful wife Laura at a hospital in Florida due to kidney and GI complications. Jeff was not only my dear friend but for the past 17 years accompanied me and so very many residents, students, and attendings on our annual mission trip to Nicaragua. The lives he has touched, the limbs he has saved, and the students he has taught would be too voluminous to list here.


Dr. Jeffrey Siegel


Jeff was a Navy veteran, a loving husband and father to his sons and daughters, and one of the most spiritual people I have known. Those of us who knew him will have beautiful memories forever. Our profession has lost a giant. He was the best foot, ankle, and leg surgeon I have had the pleasure to work with. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.


Charles Morelli, DPM




It is with sadness that I hear of the passing of Gil. Together, we graduated from OCPM in 1968. I remember many good times in all our years. My condolences to Evie. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless you.


Jim Steinberg, DPM, The Villages, FL 




I remember with fondness our times at the APMA House of Delegates. You will be missed and thanks for all you did for Hawaiian podiatry.


Gerald Peterson, DPM, West Lynn, OR



RE: The Passing of Gilmore E. Guster, DPM


It is with a heavy heart and great sadness hearing of the passing of Dr. Gil Guster on 9-12-2020, my peer, my mentor, and especially one of my dearest friends. Gil was one of our unsung leaders of podiatry in the Houston and Clear Lake, NASA  community during the '70s through the '90s. He never said no to helping or guiding any new podiatrist moving into the area.


He was held in great respect not only by his fellow podiatrists but also with the MD community. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. My condolences to his wife Evie who lives in the San Diego area where they have resided together for the past several years. He is also survived by his two adult children and their families. RIP Gil.


Michael A Mineo, DPM, Galveston, TX



RE: The Passing of David Y.S. Lee, DPM


The Yee and Tashima families are deeply saddened to announce the passing of their beloved son, brother, and husband, Dr. David Y.S. Yee passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 58.


Dr. Yee graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. Upon returning to Honolulu, he joined the family podiatric practice, Hawaii Foot Clinic in downtown Honolulu, working beside his mother, Dr. Helena Yee. He eventually opened his own practice, Honolulu Foot Care.


Source: Star Advertiser [9/13/20]



RE: The Passing of Harry B. Burke, DPM


Dr. Harry B. Burke peacefully passed away with his children by his side from a short-term illness on August 22nd. He received a degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, in which he graduated cum laude. He established practices in Monaca and Ambridge, in which he treated his treasured employees like his family and served patients in Beaver County for over 40 years.


Dr. Harry Burke


He also took great pride in serving as a director of the podiatry residency program for the Medical Center of Beaver and lecturing for the International Foot and Ankle Foundation. Additionally, he received numerous awards in the field of podiatry and served with distinction as a medical residency evaluator. 


Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [8/27/20]



RE: The Passing of Leo S. Krawetz, DPM


Leo S. Krawetz died unexpectedly at the age of 53 on Wednesday, August 19th. Dr. Krawetz earned his DPM from the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1994.


Dr. Leo Krawetz


Dr. Krawetz loved to laugh and had a smile you could see for miles. He paved the way for bringing education to the field of podiatry with a humorous twist for millions of people via social media and Youtube. He inspired many across the globe to pursue the field of podiatry. He will be greatly missed. 


Todd Brennan, DPM



RE: The Passing of Allyn E. Peelen, DPM


Allyn E. Peelen died at the age of 88 of complications following a fall. Dr. Peelen earned a DPM degree from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1957. Dr. Peelen absolutely loved his work. He opened his Alger Heights office in 1957 and maintained a flourishing practice in the same location for 63 continuous years, rarely missing a day until his retirement this past February. 


Dr. Allyn Peelen


He was a pioneer in his field, acclaimed for a unique method of bio-mechanical foot and ankle adjustment. Sports coaches nationwide have lauded his non-surgical approach to treating injury. 


Source: Grand Rapids Press



RE: The Passing of Irv Donick, DPM (Allen Jacobs, DPM)

Farewell to a giant. There are thousands who should say thanks to this man. He shared his knowledge, compassion, and insight with over one hundred residents. These people applied his knowledge of podiatry, ability to relate to others, and compassion to improve the lives of thousands of patients on a daily basis. He will be missed by his tremendous family and the fraternity of podiatrists.

Andrew Liss, DPM




I was sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Donick. I knew Dr. Donick as a gentle, humble giant in our profession. As Dr. Jacobs so eloquently noted, he was an icon in our profession (Like Drs. Berlin, Clarke, Kanat, Kaplan, McGlamry, and Yu). He made a difference in all of the lives that he touched. He was “old school!” He was trained in the days when podiatry was still fighting to be recognized and respected (and still is!) as a surgical specialty. His residency training taught him “to give back to the profession and make it better,” and boy did he ever make a difference!


Dr. Donick was the student who became the mentor and teacher to those he trained. He is the role model that all of us should emulate. Unfortunately, in today’s world, our residents are NOT being taught to give back to the profession nor make it better. As important, they MUST get involved to make a difference for the profession to continue to grow and evolve, just as Dr. Donick did. RIP, Dr. Donick, job well done! 


Randy K. Kaplan DPM, Southfield, MI




Irv Donick was an icon and pioneer in the podiatric profession for over 50 years. He started the first podiatric residency program in Maryland, established participation of podiatrists in Blue Shield and many other Insurance companies in the state, and paved the way for podiatry to be integrated into all facets of hospitals and clinics throughout the state. He taught us the skills to treat patients both medically and surgically. He was unique in that he also gave his residents the ability to navigate the business of podiatry by creating an office-based practice for us, as we established our podiatry skills.


His efforts gave many podiatrists the opportunity to excel in our field. He trained and taught hundreds of residents, interns, and students throughout his career. He was honored by the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and inducted into the Hall of Fame at the college. He was the director of my residency program in Baltimore, my mentor, my partner, and most significantly, my lifetime friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace my dear friend.


Joseph S. Fox, DPM, MPH



RE: The Passing of Irv Donick, DPM

I was saddened to read of the passing of my classmate Irvin Donick. Irv was an icon in our profession as well as a friend. We last met each other at our 50th class reunion and shared memories as to how each of us came to this beautiful country at the age of 10 and were able to accomplish our "dream." The ranks are getting thinner, but the memories endure. My condolences to Barbara and the entire family


Edward R. Nieuwenhuis Sr., DPM, Wanaque, NJ


I echo Steve Berlin’s tribute to Irv Donick and appreciate that I knew him and benefitted from his friendship and mentoring. He was a quiet giant in the profession and a really nice guy. 


Bill FitzPatrick, DPM, Albuquerque, NM



RE: The Passing of Irv Donick, DPM

Irv Donick was a leader of his generation. Reading with interest the well deserved tributes sent to PM News regarding him, I am reminded of Dr. Earl Kaplan. Many years ago, former APMA president Theodore Clark stated, "Earl Kaplan took this profession from the nail groove to the sinus tarsi." It was Dr. Kaplan’s wish that his residents would lead in building and leading the profession. He expressed that final thought to each graduating resident. Sadly, that generation is inexorably passing. They helped advance this profession. They built residencies, the ACFAS, the APMA, and PPAC.


The generation of Kaplan, Donick, Berlin, Kanat, and many of Dr. Kaplan’s residents completed his mission of advancing podiatry education. Today’s hospital privileges, residencies, and indeed the profession generally, was in no small way the result of the tireless work of men such as Dr. Donick and others trained by and assigned this mission by Dr. Kaplan. These were selfless podiatry dedicated people. The profession and its growth were first and foremost. Dr. Donick was part of the vision. We would benefit from similar unselfish leadership today. Rest In Peace Irv. Your mission was accomplished.

Allen Jacobs, DPM, St Louis, MO




Dr. Donick had a nickname, “double”. The reason was that whatever you thought was possible to get done in podiatry, Dr. Donick’s efforts would result in twice as much being accomplished. I remember like it was yesterday. I interviewed for the Maryland residency in 1972. He addressed the 12 of us who were interviewing for the 4 spots. He told us he could take 5 if we all agreed to receive 80% of the salary. Of course, we all agreed. When I began the program, we in fact had 5 slots. All 5 were fully salaried. Monday night lectures at Dr. Donick’s home were intense and full of practical information. Barbara would provide one of her cakes every week, always a treat! His memory will truly be a blessing.


Bruce Lebowitz, DPM (retired), Baltimore, MD



From: Kenneth Hatch, DPM


I had the good fortune to be selected in 1975 for the Maryland podiatric residency program founded by Dr. Irv Donick. It was one of the most sought after programs in the country. Irv was a tireless mentor and advocate for our profession. Every Monday evening, we attended a lecture held at his home. Topics covered many medical specialties, professional liability, office design, and insurance - both medical and personal. He covered it all and had the top people in multiple fields as guest lecturers. When I entered private practice, he volunteered to help me design my first office. Since then, many of us owe much of their success to people like Irv Donick who had the vision and passion to move our profession forward. My very best to his family. He will be missed but not forgotten.  


Kenneth Hatch, DPM, Annapolis, MD



From: Mark H. Sugar, DPM, Joel A Feder, DPM


I echo Steve Berlin's statements and sentiments of Dr. Donick. For us Maryland podiatrists, Dr. Donick offered weekly lectures at his home which were informative and allowed us a fraternal camaraderie much like during my residency at Kern. He made podiatry fun and interesting and I remember him as friendly and approachable. He will be missed.  


Mark H. Sugar, DPM (retired)


It is a mournful day to recognize the passing of a true podiatric giant- Irv Donick. His warm smile and concern for all is a model every person should follow. He was an outstanding pioneer for our profession. It was an honor to be his fraternity brother in CHRAA.


Joel A Feder, DPM (retired) Sarasota, FL



RE: The Passing of Irv Donick, DPM


I am sorry to have to inform you of the passing of Dr. Irv Donick yesterday in Baltimore. Irv was not only my partner in practice for almost a half century but a very dear friend. He was a very significant icon in the podiatric profession for many years as being very active in establishing hospital privileges for podiatrists in Maryland and was the major individual in establishing a very successful residency program for podiatrists in Maryland. He also helped to obtain Blue Shield for podiatry. For those of you who did not know Irv, he even started a program at one of the junior colleges for training assistants, leading to an AA degree. He also wrote a book about the podiatry assistant.   


Dr. Irv Donick


I could go on and on about the life of Irv Donick. I am sure many of you can also have things to add. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his 3 kids and 11 grandchildren. Irv was also honored by the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the College. He also received many other awards over his time and all were well deserved. The podiatric profession will greatly miss him. It is individuals like Irv who have helped to make podiatry a great profession. I certainly will miss him but the memories will always be there.   


Steven J Berlin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Edward Philip Epstein, DPM


Edward Philip Epstein, 76, of Tampa, died July 26. He attended the NY College of Podiatric Medicine. During this time, he also worked as a jazz musician and was in the orchestra of several Broadway shows. 


In 1968, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corp, serving in Vietnam, the South Pacific, and the U.S., eventually earning the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the American Legion, Jewish War Veterans and Scottish Rite of Freemasons. His podiatric practice served Bradford, PA for 30 years.


Source: Jewish Press of Tampa [8/10/20]



From: Billy Dabdoub, DPM


I first met Dr. David Spring when I started practice in Louisiana in August of 1981. He was very active in the state and nationally. He was one of the LPMA board members that asked me to become a state board member in LA. He also was very active politically in the state and introduced me to what role politics played in the way we as podiatrist could practice. He will be missed.  


Billy Dabdoub, DPM, Slidell, LA



RE: The Passing of David Arthur Spring, DPM


I was saddened to learn of the passing of a close friend and colleague David Spring, DPM. He was a past president of the Louisiana Podiatric Medical Association and a past member of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.


Dr. David Spring


Dave was always a mentor to young podiatrists who were starting to practice and will be missed by all who knew him.


John E. George, DPM



RE: The Passing of Frank Archie Caster, DPM


Dr. Frank (Bud) Archie Caster, 97, of Tallahassee, Florida, died Monday, July 27, 2020. Frank learned difficult life lessons during the Great Depression and during World War II. A Sergeant in the 15th Air Force, 485th Heavy Bombardment Group, 830th Bomb Squadron, after the war, Frank returned to school and became a podiatrist, like his big brother Milton and favorite uncle Max. He held numerous positions in the New Jersey Podiatry Society.


Dr. Frank Caster


For thirty-five years, he lived and worked (and played golf) in Princeton and Hightstown, New Jersey earning every joyful day of his retired life of leisure in Florida. 


Source: Tallahassee Democrat [7/29/20]




Barry was my friend for almost half a century. He was a quiet hero. He was always happy to hear from you with a big hello. He and his wife Stephanie were always gracious and generous. Barry was never argumentative. He had his opinions like everyone, but never insisted he was right. An often used expression he implemented in conversation was “You are right.” I try to use that with patients. He was an excellent podiatrist with a big following and his patients loved him.


He was humble and kind and very popular; in fact over 70 people attended his Zoom funeral. He was a real mensch, and left us too soon. Rest In Peace Ralphie Boy.


Neal Houslanger, DPM

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