A life in medicine

In Memoriam: Nov. 1, 2016

View the names of recently deceased osteopathic physicians.

The following list of recently deceased osteopathic physicians includes links to obituaries and online memorials if they’re available. Readers can notify The DO of their deceased colleagues by sending an email to thedo@osteopathic.org. View a list of past In Memoriam columns here.

Dana P. Arneman, DO, 86 (KCU-COM 1954), of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, died Oct. 8. Visit Dr. Arneman’s online guest book.

Donald “Doc” Bearden, DO, 83 (MWU/CCOM 1963), of Spring Hill, Florida, died Sept. 21. Visit Dr. Bearden’s online guest book.

Sidney E. Corbin, DO, 85 (PCOM 1959), of Vancouver, Washington, died Sept. 30. Visit Dr. Corbin’s online guest book.

Stanley B. Kaye, DO, 93 (KCU-COM 1954), of Miami died Oct. 13. Visit Dr. Kaye’s online guest book.

Joseph H. Sage, DO, 93 (DMU-COM 1952), of Springfield, Missouri, died Aug. 2. Visit Dr. Sage’s online guest book.

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  1. Stanley B. Kaye, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. finished his well lived life on October 13, 2016 in much the same way as he lived- on his own terms. He had retired from practice and teaching several years ago and was living in North Miami Beach with his wife, Roz when he became ill earlier in the month.

    Born in Manhattan, New York, Stan was educated in the public school system. He enlisted in the Army when World War II broke out and served as a technical sergeant in the Army. He was present in the theatre at Omaha Beach and later was present at Germany’s surrender in 1945. He attended and graduated from the University of Arizona and then went to Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. After he completed a full Osteopathic surgical residency. His entire practice occurred in the Miami area. He is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

    In addition to surgical practice, Dr. Kaye was the Chairman of Surgery at both Southeastern Medical Center and at Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Nova Southeastern University) in North Miami Beach. He was a lecturer in podiatric medicine at Barry University. He resigned his license to practice Osteopathic medicine last year, at the age of 92. He was a 32nd order Mason.

    Dr. Kaye was a fierce advocate for his patients, sometimes to the point of putting other staff members on edge. He believed in doing what was right and not necessarily what was expedient or cost effective. He knew every aspect of patient care and demonstrated his empathy and commitment by sitting at the side of his patients while he carefully elicited their concerns. He was an avid student and a motivated teacher. No matter how much he knew about a surgical procedure, he sat up the night before surgery and reviewed his anatomy and surgical texts while he chewed on peanuts and drank a glass of milk. His attention to detail, right down to his penmanship, was remarkable. It would be a rare occasion to see Dr. Kaye without a bow tie and a jacket or lab coat.

    His last few days were much like his life; despite excessive personal burden of a health crisis, and family health concerns, Dr. Kaye concentrated his efforts on others. He gave a stern lecture to my son in Japan on the importance of family; he talked with his granddaughter, a fourth year med student headed for a career in surgery, his wife and daughter and the residents caring for him. After assessing his own situation and recognizing that efforts to recover his own health were herculean, he signed his own DNR papers and took the time to produce a steady, well penned signature.

    His last days were filled with conversation about his career and his family- his two loves. He greeted visitors and said tearful goodbyes to loved ones. He prayed. He laughed. He enjoyed talking about and listening to old stories about lunches in the cafeteria, interactions with fellow doctors and residents. He was especially fond of some of his students and residents and spoke with great admiration for those who came before him. Dr. Kaye had understandable regrets at not being there to see his granddaughter graduate from medical school and not dancing at the weddings of his grandsons and grand nephew. And up until the last four hours of his time with us, he had a twinkle in his eye.

    In his dying process, Dr. Kaye still taught. A first year resident from Bangladesh came by to start his feeding through the PEG. When it was obvious that this was not to be, the resident did not know what to say. He was instructed to thank Dr. Kaye for the opportunity to teach him to be a caring doctor, which the young resident did. Dr. Kaye winked at me when this young man left the room.

    Dr. Kaye leaves behind his wife, Roz of 55 years, a daughter Elisa Seigel (David), his daughter Laura and three grandchildren, Julie, Michael and Eric. He is also survived by his niece, Harriet A. Fellows, D.O., F.A.C.N. who has lost her mentor, friend and uncle, as well as several other nieces and nephews. His older sister, Estelle Groner survives him.

    Dr. Kaye celebrated his 93rd birthday on October 3, 2016. Funeral services were held in Hollywood on Sunday October 16.

    1. Dr. Fellows, what a beautiful tribute to your uncle. I didn’t know Dr. Kaye, but after reading about him, I wish I could have. I’m saving this to share with future medical students as an example of a well-lived personal and professional life of an osteopathic physician. God bless you and your family as you grieve.

      1. Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson,

        Thanks for your note. I have wonderful memories of my uncle. My brother in law, a neuroradiologist, lost a close friend (Osteopathic Radiologist) a couple of years ago. His widow sent him a tie that her husband used to wear. Now, my brother in law wears that tie on important professional days and explains his close tie to his mentor and friend to each of his residents.

        I can only hope that along your way, you are able to impart the sense of support that these special relationships bring to professional life to your residents. Keep the faith!- H.A.F.

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