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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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RE: The Passing of Milton Lapoff, DPM

Dr. Milton Lapoff passed away at the age of 87. He was a 1956 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and was a faculty member there from 1958-61. He practiced in NY from 1956-1981 and in Florida (with his son Kevin Lapoff, DPM) from 1982 -2010.

Dr. Milton Lapoff

Dr. Lapoff served as president of both the Queens County (NY) Podiatry Association and the Palm Beach County (FL) Podiatric Medical Association. While in New York, he served as medical advisor to the Queens County Supreme Court.



RE: The Passing of Glen D. Fields, DPM

Dr. Glen D. Fields, age 96, and a 36 year resident and practicing podiatrist in Roseburg, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Washington, surrounded by his family and long-time friends.

A loving and adored father, Glen spent the last 10 years in the Vancouver area near his youngest daughter, Tracy. Throughout his life, he was a World War II Marine veteran, a police officer in Chula Vista, California, and recreational pilot, as well as a podiatrist.

Source: Roseburg News Review [11/17/17]



RE: The Passing of Herbert Liston, DPM

Dr. Herbert Liston, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States to avoid the Holocaust. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatry in 1959.

Dr. Herbert Liston

Herb and his wife, Seema, moved to Phoenix, Arizona in March 1961, where Herb opened his podiatry practice. He retired 35 years later and followed his dream of playing bridge daily at the Phoenix Bridge Center, where he achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master.

Source: Scottsdale Republic [11/16/17]



RE: The Passing of Deb Chirtea, DPM


After a long battle against cancer, Dr. Deb Chirtea has died, a family source tells 10 On Your Side. On Nov 1, Dr. Chirtea was able to realize her vision of putting titles that she made with her daughter Madison Perry at Virginia Beach General Hospital .


Dr. Deb Chirtea


Surrounded by family, friends, nurses, and co-workers, Chirtea toured the hallways, finally getting to see her tiles in their rightful places. On the front, there were sea animals with colored ribbons. On the back, names of people who have battled cancer. Chirtea had battled cancer for nearly a year.


Source: Matthew Twist, WAVY-TV [11/5/17]



RE: The Passing of Frederic Malmberg, DPM


Dr. Frederic Malmberg, 63, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at his home in York. He practiced podiatry in York, PA for over 30 years.


Dr. Frederic Malmberg


In his free time, he excelled at a variety of pursuits, including wood carving, and was highly regarded around the world for his fine boomerang craftsmanship and won several world bommerang championships. He was an avid table tennis player, and a formidable chess player.


Source: York Daily Record [11/5/17]



The Passing of Jack Jacobson, DPM


It is with sadness that we lost our classmate and friend Jack Jacobson, October 12. He graduated with us at ICPM in 1967. He served an internship at Woodward General Hospital, Detroit, MI the following year. He practiced in Battle Creek for his entire career and retired in Arizona the last years of his life. He was loved by his patients, staff, and was a mentor to all his residents and colleagues. 


Dr. Jack Jacobson


We were blessed to have him join us in Chicago this past April for our 50th podiatry school reunion. He was loved and respected by all of his classmates and teachers. 


David Wolf, DPM



RE: The Passing of Dean D. Purtzer, DPM


Dr. Dean Purtzer


Dr. Dean D. Purtzer, 91, a resident of Brandon, MS went home to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday morning, October 24, 2017 with his wife at his side in their home. He attended Podiatry College in Chicago, IL where he received his doctorate degree in podiatry in 1951. Dean then practiced Podiatry in Columbus, NE with his wife as his nurse until 1979 when they moved to Mississippi and practiced in Jackson, MS until his retirement in 1991.


Source: Clarion Ledger [10/26/17]



RE: The Passing of Maynard Harvey Rasmussen, DPM


Dr. Maynard Harvey Rasmussen passed peacefully away in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 21, 2017. Dr. Rasmussen graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1972, followed by a residency program.


Dr. Maynard Rasmussen


After graduation, he and his young family relocated to Utah, where he began his professional career as a podiatrist in Ogden. He practiced podiatry for over 30 years in South Ogden. He also practiced in satellite offices in Morgan and Salt Lake City. 


Source: Standard-Examiner [10/27/17]



RE: The Passing of James Patrick Wilson, DPM


Dr. James Wilson


Dr. James Patrick Wilson, 57, of Temple died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at his residence. He received his doctorate from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He was double board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. He practiced medicine in Arizona.


Source: Temple telegram [10/10/17]



RE: The Passing of Eugene Weisberger, DPM


Dr. Eugene Weisberger, 97, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro, NC. He served in World War II in the US Naval Reserve as an aviation cadet, in the U.S. Army as a meteorologist, and then attended and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1948. "Jinx," as his close friends and family called him, established himself as a podiatrist in Greensboro in 1949. 


Dr. Eugene Weisberger


As part of his practice and service to the community, he drove every month for approximately 30 years to the Blumenthal Jewish Home in Clemmons to treat patients at no charge to them. He had a thriving practice for 45 years, retiring from and selling his practice, Greensboro Podiatry Associates, in January 1994. 


Source: Greensboro News and Record [10/10/17]



RE: The Passing of Kirk M. Contento, DPM

From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM


My good friend and colleague over the last 30 years has passed away. Kirk M. Contento DPM, was one the biggest influences in my life not only when I was a podiatry student, but as a true colleague...a big man, not only in size, but with his heart. 


Dr. Kirk Contento


He dedicated his life to this profession...following in the footsteps of his father, Michael Contento, DPM, who was a downtown Chicago Loop podiatrist for many years. He passed away in 1985 due to a...


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



RE: The Passing of Robert Levine, DPM

From: Russell J. Stoner


Robert “Rob” G. Levine, 70, of Louisville, passed away in June. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1972. He began his private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Dr. Robert Levine


Dr. Levine was a past-president of the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards, the Kentucky State Board of Podiatry and the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association. He received the...


Editor's note. Dr. Levine's extended-length obituary can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Denny E. Gamble, Sr., DPM


Dr. Denny E. Gamble, Sr. passed away after a long illness on September 25, 2017. Dr. Gamble graduated from the Chicago College of Chiropody (now the Dr. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine).


Dr. Denny Gamble, Sr


Dr. Gamble practiced podiatry and podiatric surgery in Shreveport from 1952 until 1998 at Gamble Foot Clinic. He trained several young podiatrists on how to practice podiatric medicine. 


Source: Shreveport Times [9/27/17]




I am terribly saddened to hear about the death of Anthony Kidawa. Tony and I worked together at TUSPM for 15 years. Not only did we both work in the Foot and Ankle Institute’s “Ulcer Clinic” for that entire time, but even our offices were right next to each other in the Department of Medicine. Tony was unique at the time in being a true sub-specialist in a podiatric medical field. He was trained in vascular medicine, ran the vascular clinic, and taught the students about vascular disease. This was a time long before there were so many “diabetic foot” or “limb salvage” experts in our profession. He was an inspiration to me as a true specialist in podiatric medicine, who could make a difference in the lives of our students and patients.


He will be remembered by all of the students he taught for so many years and by those who had the privilege of working together with him.


Warren S Joseph, DPM




I am very sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Robert Kaylor. After completing my residency, I worked with Bob for the first 5 years of my career at Welborn Clinic in Evansville, IN. Words cannot adequately express how big an impact Bob made on me and on my career. To this day, I still utilize his easy-going, no nonsense philosophy in treating patients and facing daily challenges. He was truly an unsung hero in the podiatric community. He will be sorely missed!


Alex Kor, DPM, MS




The passing of Dr. Jerry Brant, a longtime friend and colleague, is a sad loss to the profession. I served with him on numerous committees. He was as dedicated to this profession as anyone of us could be. His work with PICA to ensure all practicing podiatrists the comfort of support from the healthcare arena was wonderful. I wish his family my deepest sympathy. He will be greatly missed.  


Steve Berlin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Jerry Brant, DPM

Dr. Brant was a wonderful example of a mentor for us all. We will miss his smile, demeanor, and passion for our profession. I loved him!

James Nuzzo, DPM 



RE: The Passing of Robert Kaylor, DPM

I was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Robert Kaylor. Bob and I were classmates at OCPM.  I was glad to hear about all the positive things he had done with the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association. He will be missed by this profession and all his friends. I wish to send my deepest sympathy to his family. They say with Alzheimer's, you never lose friends but make new friends each day. I sure wish there was some real truth to this as you go through life losing friends that you have made for over 50 years.  

Steve Berlin, DPM




Bob was a dedicated professional and a true gentleman. He will be missed. He served the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association as a Past President. He was awarded IPMA’s most prestigious honor as Podiatrist of the Year in 1992. He was also involved with teaching residents for many years. As a young member, Bob offered me sage advice that made a difference in my career. Bob left the profession better than he found it; he truly paid it forward to the generations of podiatric physicians that followed him. He was an example for us all. 


Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM, Franklin, IN 



RE: The Passing of Robert Kaylor, DPM


Robert J. Kaylor, DPM, 74, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017, at The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War at the Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA. He returned to his hometown to begin private practice in 1970, before joining Welborn Clinic (which later became Deaconess Clinic) as a podiatrist in 1974.


Dr. Robert Kaylor


Dr. Kaylor was on staff there until his retirement, in 2013. During this time, he served on multiple committees, including the Welborn Clinic Board of Trustees and the Deaconess Clinic Board. A member and past-president of the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association, Bob received the Indiana Podiatrist of the Year Award in 1992.


Source: Evanston Courier & Press [9/16/17]



RE: The Passing of Robert F. Datta, DPM


Dr. Robert F. Datta, age 98, of Winona, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Winona Health, with family at his side. In 1941, Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was commissioned a pilot of the B-24 Liberator Bomber. He served in the South Pacific with the 494th Bomb Group, and stayed active in the Air Force Reserve until 1969. He retired after 27 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Dr. Robert Datta


In 1947, he enrolled at the Chicago College of Chiropody, and graduated summa cum laude with a doctor of surgical chiropody degree. He began his practice in Winona in 1950, and retired in 1991.


Source: Winona Post [9/15/17]



RE: The Passing of Steve Yoon, DPM

From: Danny Choung, DPM


Dr. Steve Yoon and his mother were tragically killed in a head-on collision on Sunday, August 27, 2017, by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on State Route 241 in Anaheim, CA.  Dr. Yoon was 45 years old when his life was unexpectedly cut short, leaving behind his wife, who is six months pregnant, and his one year old daughter.  


Dr. Steve Yoon


He was in the class of 2000 at the California School of Podiatric Medicine and did his residency training at the LA/USC Medical Center and Tustin Hospital and Medical Center. Family, friends, colleagues, and patients remember him as a humble, hard-working, highly-regarded, and compassionate individual.  He was never without a smile and was loved by many.  


Danny Choung, DPM, San Rafael, CA



RE: The Passing of John Laning Black, DPM


After his courageous battle with cancer, John Laning Black, 45, of Salem, Utah passed away on August 28, 2017.


Dr. John Laning Black


John graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. John was very active in the LDS church where he served as a high councilman, young mens president, scout master, and was currently serving as the Bishop of the Salem 2nd Ward. 


Source: Provo Daily Herald [8/30/17]



RE: The Passing of Gary Steven Wallach, DPM


Dr. Gary Wallach


Dr. Gary Steven Wallach of Fort Lauderdale, FL has passed away. He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1981, was Chief of Podiatry at Holy Cross Hospital, and was affiliated with Broward Health Imperial Point.


Source: Sun Sentinel via [8/24/17]




Dr. Tony will be missed by the many students and residents he had taught over his 35+ years as a podiatrist and specialist in PVD. He was easy to talk to and always willing to help wherever he could. In the earlier days of private practice, I worked with Tony and we always had positive things to say. He will be missed by the profession. I can only send my deepest sympathy to his family and hope that the memories will always be a bright light in their eyes.  

Steven J Berlin DPM, Baltimore, MD