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01/05/2017    

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RE: The Passing of Martin M. Becker, DPM 


 













Dr. Martin Becker



 


PM News is saddened to report the loss of Martin Becker, DPM of St. Louis, MO on December 25th. Dr. Becker was a 1963 graduate of the Illinois Collge of Podiatric Medicine. He previously was affiliated with Madison Medical Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.


 


Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch [12/28/16]

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01/19/2017    

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The American DPMs of Israel salute Dr. Mort Wittenberg as one of our early pioneers. Years ago, he used to annually stay at a Kibbutz here and provide free care to the kibbutzniks. It was an early contribution to our establishment in Israel. Toda Raba, Mort. You will always be remembered.


 


Richard Jaffe, DPM, Jerusalem, Israel

01/16/2017    

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I wanted to add my thoughts about Mort Wittenberg who was one of the most respected podiatrists that I have known. He brought dignity and honor to our profession. He was a most generous man with both his time and his money. To his family - may the emptiness in your hearts soon be replaced with fond memories.  May his memory be a blessing.  Shalom Mort.


 


Paul R. Scherer, DPM, San Francisco, CA

01/13/2017    

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I too mourn the loss of Marty Becker. He was always friendly. He was always a good friend.


 


Pete Harvey, DPM, Wichita Falls, TX

01/12/2017    

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We were saddened by the recent loss of our friend Dr. Martin "Marty" Becker. Dr. Becker practiced in the St. Louis area for 53 years, and was involved in APMA, CAC, and the Midwest Podiatry Seminar for many years. Throughout our 20+ years of friendship, he was compassionate, caring, and, a good husband and father. He truly loved his profession. Our deepest condolences to his wife Barbara and children Jodi and Michael. May he rest in eternal peace. 


 


Mark K. Johnson, DPM, West Plains, MO

01/09/2017    

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RE: The Passing of Morton Wittenberg, DPM


 


Mort was a wonderful colleague and taught me a lot about practice management. Right after I finished my military commitment, before establishing private practice, Mort asked me to take his practice in Augusta for two months while he went to Israel to represent his United Hebrew Congregation in Augusta. He was President that year. I did that task for him, and the first thing that happened when he returned was that he chewed out my butt because I had not have one of the staff file the insurance for a hammertoe correction that I had done while he was gone. Everything else was covered, but he didn't care (I missed a trick).  


 


Mort and I stayed friends for years and were mutually acquainted with another dear friend, Jerry Levine, from Detroit, who was another one of my mentors during my residency.  Mort and Joe Addante, DPM, who wrote a comment about Mort recently, were both mentors to me when I was on the APMA Board of Trustees with them. It is so hard to see mentors expire and leave a hole in the legacy of podiatric medicine. 


 


Richard H. Lanham, DPM

01/06/2017    

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Mort was my colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend. In 1970, straight out of residency, I became his associate. A week later he was off to Israel. I survived during his absence not knowing anything about office routine. He taught me a lot about life and the practice of medicine. I will miss him at the GPMA meetings  Rest in peace dear friend.


 


Michael J Solomon, DPM, Atlanta, GA

01/05/2017    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2


RE: The Passing of Morton Wittenberg, DPM


 


I have been reading the posts about the passing of Dr. Wittenberg written by many of the giants in our profession. This is a reflection of how much he changed our profession through setting the foundation for the science and art of practice management. As one who believes that it’s more important to know where one has come from than focus on where one is going, a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wittenberg.  


 


With deep pride, gratitude, and honor, I have so enjoyed his helping colleagues because of his dedication in the arena of practice management. Our podiatric founding fathers helped others to help themselves and their patients. With this in mind, let's honor his memory by helping the youth in our profession to make it stronger and more united.


 


Hal Ornstein, DPM, Howell, NJ

01/04/2017    

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Mort Wittenberg will be missed as already has been stated by several other podiatrists who knew him well. Mort was a real gentleman and did much for our profession. I also served on committees with him in our heydays of podiatric medicine. He definitely was one of the heroes of our profession. I also want to extend my sympathy to his family.  


 


Steven J Berlin, DPM, Baltimore, MD

01/04/2017    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2B


RE: The Passing of Morton Wittenberg, DPM



It's difficult to find the words to appropriately express feelings when we lose a friend who was also a dedicated colleague. Morty and I cried together and often laughed together. I was fortunate to accompany him to Israel and also have him accompany me to Italy. We had an unusual bond since we both lost a son named "Bart." Each in our own way shared prayers and memories, and frequently we had the comfort of being able to grieve with an understanding true friend.


 


Little has to be said regarding his contributions because he lived and loved podiatry. Several of us were introduced to the "computer world" by Morty who was often at the cutting edge of advancing podiatric progress. I will miss him as a colleague, a teacher, and above all, as a loyal friend.


 


Joseph Addante, DPM, Fitchburg, MA

01/04/2017    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1


RE: The Passing of Richard B. Hawkins, MD



Richard B. Hawkins, MD, 75, of Fitchburg, passed away Thursday, December 29th. Dr. Hawkins was a real friend of podiatry. He shared his knowledge and skills regarding arthroscopic surgery and was most helpful  to those of us who were willing to learn.



I first met him at the Deaconess Hospital where he was a senior resident. He worked with us, especially when we required a physician monitor to do our surgery. He was helpful and especially encouraging to our residents, usually praising our academic training. Following the completion of his training, he opened his practice in my city of Fitchburg. As a friendly and helpful orthopedist colleague, he was “a gift from heaven". I'm sure the podiatrists who attended his lectures will remember him as a most friendly and helpful colleague. 



Joseph Addante, DPM, Fitchburg, MA


01/03/2017    

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From: Arnold Pock, DPM, MS


 



Mort and I served on many Board projects many years ago in the Academy of Podiatry Administration. He donated many hours domestically and in other countries rendering podiatry care and education. He was a true "Mensch" to everyone, no matter what their ethnic beliefs were. As a retired Navy podiatrist (Active and Reserve service), I salute Mort for both his Navy service and his professional skill and allegiance to our podiatric profession and our country in particular.


 


Arnold Pock, DPM, MS, Pensacola, FL


01/03/2017    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A



From: Arthur E. Helfand, DPM


 


The profession has lost a true gentleman and an individual who contributed so much to improve the profession and the patients he served. Mort served as a Member of the APMA Board of Trustees and House of Delegates for many years. Rest in peace.


 


Arthur E. Helfand, DPM, Narberth, PA

01/01/2017    

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RE: The Passing of Morton Wittenberg, DPM


 


Dr. Morton Wittenberg passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016. Prior to completing his degree from the Illinois College of Podiatry in Chicago, Mort enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Omaha. Dr. Wittenberg opened his podiatry practice Medical Center Podiatry Group (now known as Foot and Ankle Group).


 













Dr. Morton Wittenberg



 


After his retirement from there, he worked at the Augusta State Prison until he was 88 years old. He was a significant contributor to the field of podiatric surgery, served as President of the American Academy of Podiatry Administration, and was a member of the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association. 


 


Source: Augusta Chronicle [12/6/16]

12/21/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Gerald Joseph Gambale, DPM 


 


Gerald Joseph Gambale, DPM, 65, of Port Richey, FL, died Dec. 16, 2016. He was a USMC veteran and practiced podiatry in Bay Ridge, Brookyn, NY. He is survived by his wife, Ann; eight nieces; a nephew and a great-nephew.


 


Source: Tampa Bay Times [12/19/16]

12/19/2016    

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From:  Harry Goldsmith, DPM


 


Jeff Stone passed away several weeks ago. For those of us who knew Jeff, it came as quite a shock. We always assumed he would show up at the next seminar, sitting in the exhibit hall, shoe and sock off, trying to find a neuroma in his foot using an ultrasound probe. What happened in his life to reduce him to shoeless Jeff Stone? I often wondered about that. I also wondered where the neuroma was. Why didn’t Jeff take care of it? And how much would I have to pay him to inject it in the exhibit hall? A dollar? Maybe. 


 


Jeff had what could only be called “an active sense of humor.” You never left his presence without a joke to two, maybe a ribbing, always a smile. I have three Jeff Stone stories. 


 


Story 1: The first time I met Jeff was during a...


 


Editor's note: Dr. Goldsmith's extended-length letter can be read here.

12/15/2016    

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RE: The passing of Arthur W. Hatfield, DPM



PM News is saddened to report the passing of Arthur W. Hatfield, DPM of Long Beach, CA. Dr. Hatfield was a graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and a frequent contribuor to PM News.


12/12/2016    

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It was with sadness that I read the other day of the passing of Angelo Monaco, DPM. He truly was a pioneer with a lasting impact on our profession. Prior to 1984, I had read and heard of his leadership in the state of Pennsylvania and had seen him at the Hershey Surgical Seminars. After my first 3 years in the USAF, the military offered to send me to a surgical residency of my choice and would fully fund me to attend a surgical program. With three years from graduation from PCPM, I was having difficulties competing  with recent graduates for a program. I called Dr Monaco, who at the time was the director of the program at the Hospital of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. After a phone interview, he accepted me to his program!


 


After my surgical year, Dr. Monaco worked with the military to provide a one-year surgical program at his hospital for additional military DPMs. In the USAF, we do our jobs with the following "core values" of commitment  to excellence, integrity, and service above self. I know that Dr. Monaco's entire professional life embodied those values. It is times like these, when we hear of the passing of prior mentors, that we wish we talked to them more and thanked them for guiding us through our professional lives. Luckily, I was able to thank him every year since completing his program in 1985 through this time last year. There are dozens of podiatric surgical residents who are better DPMs because we attended his program. My prayers this past week are for his family. On behalf of the military residents who matriculated through his program, we extend our condolences. 


 


Joe Agostinelli, DPM, Niceville, FL

12/08/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Angelo Monaco, DPM


From: Michael Q Davis, JD


 


Angelo "Ange" Monaco, DPM of Broomall, PA passed away on December 4, 2016 surrounded by his family. Dr. Angelo Monaco graduated from the Temple University School of Chiropody in 1952. He was one of the original founders of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (PCPM) and served as a Trustee of PCPM from 1968 until 1998, when the School was re-acquired by Temple University. 


 













Dr. Angelo Monaco



 


Dr. Monaco also served on the Board of Visitors of Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) from 2007 until...


 


Editor's note: Michael Davis' extended-length letter can be read here.

12/02/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Nicholas Kayal, DPM


 


Dr. Nicholas G. Kayal, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Nick was an accomplished podiatrist, practicing in Fort Lauderdale for over 38 years.


 













Dr. Nicholas Kayal



 


He was a devoted family man, loyal husband, loving and generous father, grandfather, brother, and dear friend to many. His loss will be felt deeply by those who knew and loved him.


 


Source: Sun Sentinel [11/30/16]

12/02/2016    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 2


RE: The Passing of Louis G. Pack, DPM 



Dr. Lou Pack ran a wonderful practice that he was very proud of. He always cared about serving his patients with the best possible care.













Dr. Louis Pack


Dr. Pack was the author of The Arthritis Revolution and a founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Unfortunately, he has passed away.


11/30/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Jeffrey A. Stone, DPM


 


I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Stone at a Midwest Podiatry Conference about 20 years ago. I had spoken with him several times on the phone prior to us meeting. I was amazed at this man's sincerity and interest in assisting someone he had never met. Jeff took me under his wing and taught me as much as anyone could have about musculoskeletal ultrasound in 3 days and continued to teach me remotely for quite some time after. His wife Barb who accompanied him to that meeting was equally as cordial and sincere. In the last twenty years, that initial impression never wavered, and I continued to be amazed at his (and Barb's) sense of humor in addition to the depth of knowledge he had in so many areas of podiatry and medicine in general. His loss to our profession and his family is truly immeasurable. 


 


Paul Kesselman, DPM 

11/29/2016    

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (OBITUARIES) - PART 1A


RE: The Passing Of Jeffrey A. Stone, DPM 


 


Besides being a comedian and story teller, Jeff Stone was an academic as well. I believe that he was one of the first podiatrists to teach podiatrists about the modality of musculo-skeletal ultrasound. We all can be thankful for Jeff, and send our condolences to his family.


 


Lowell Scott Weil, Sr., DPM 


 


I had the pleasure of sailing a boat from Grenada to the Tobago Cays with Jeff and his wonderful wife Barb. What a joy! Every morning started with a joke. Every sunset was celebrated with a toast. Jeff suffered a spinal stroke and was a quadriplegic on a ventilator. I was in Phoenix visiting my father-in-law, who was in his final days of cancer. My wife and I stopped by to see him and Barb in the rehab center. Though he could not talk, he mouthed "How is your father-in-law doing?" That was Jeff. I will miss you and always love you buddy. Barb, we are always there for you. Fair winds and calm seas shipmate.


 


Richard Stanley, DPM

11/29/2016    

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RE: The Passing Of Jeffrey A. Stone, DPM 



I met Dr. Stone in my third year of podiatry school at CCPM. He was giving a lecture that started with him dancing to the "CPMA" song to the tune of YMCA. I never would have guessed that nearly 6 years later, I would almost simultaneously quit my job at the VA and take over Dr. Stone's practice .


 


Dr. Stone's name is mentioned often in the office. We strive to carry on his legacy, as his office remains the hub for new technology and treatments. He was a go-getter. People outside of our profession mention him fondly. He was a character larger than life, a polished professional who enjoyed our profession immensely. He will be sorely missed by all.


 


Kathryne Rupley, DPM, Fresno, CA.

11/28/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Jeffrey A. Stone, DPM


 


I first met Dr. Jeff Stone 25 years ago when I was invited to lecture along with him and O.A. Mercado in Auckland at a New Zealand podiatry seminar. Never in my life have I met a man like Jeff Stone, the self-proclaimed “Friendly Fresno Foot Fixer.” Jeff was not only a gifted lecturer, but he was one of those unique individuals who could tell one joke flawlessly after another, with no foul language, for as long as you had time to listen.


 


The scene I best remember from this seminar is an evening when all the lecturers had been invited to one of the Auckland podiatrist’s home for a post-seminar dinner with about 30 other podiatrists and spouses. When I first saw Jeff, he was sitting on a couch with 2-3 others starting to tell jokes, every one of them very funny. About 15 minutes later, I walked by the couch again where Jeff was “performing”, with now at least 10 people huddled around him laughing furiously. Then about 10 minutes after this, Jeff had the whole party of about 30 people sitting and standing around him as he told one hilarious joke after another, all with the precision and style of a professional. I have never seen anything like this before and probably never will again. What a talent!


 


Jeff Stone was one-of-a-kind: a gifted podiatrist, a gentleman, and someone who could literally keep you and your friends laughing for hours on end with his stories. We will miss you greatly Dr. Stone.


 


Kevin A. Kirby, DPM, Sacramento, CA

11/25/2016    

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RE: The Passing of Jeffrey A. Stone, DPM


 


Jeff Stone was a podiatrist who really cared where this profession was headed. He was a teacher, educator, humorist, and an excellent podiatrist. He was a great friend to me and others and was actively involved in the alumni meetings involving the Civic and Kern Hospital seminars over the years as well as lecturing at many APMA meetings. He was a loving father and grandfather. I want to say to Barb, his wife of many years, and to his family that he is not only a loss to his family, but also a loss to our profession. May he rest in peace!   


 


Steven J Berlin, DPM
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