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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 William Karl Nystrom, DPM


Dr. William Karl Nystrom of De Pere, WI and Sun City, AZ died peacefully on March 12, 2018 at the age of 90 surrounded by loving family members.


Dr. William Nystrom


Bill served in South Korea. He then completed medical podiatry studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Nystrom successfully pursued dual careers. Besides his podiatry practice in De Pere, Bill was president of Curative Connections in Green Bay. 


Source: The Mining Journal [3/16/18]



RE: The Passing of Lloyd Kahn, DPM


Lloyd M. Kahn, DPM of Cliffside Park, NJ, age 75 passed away on February 22, 2018. Dr. Kahn graduated from Yale University in 1964 and attended NY College of Podiatric Medicine. He had a podiatric practice in Nanuet, NY and then became a tenured Professor of Microbiology at Hudson County Community College.


Dr. Lloyd Kahn


He was both an active member of the Teacher's Union and advisor for Phi Beta Kappa, and initiated the nursing program at Hudson County Community College. 





RE: The Passing of Jose G. Irizarry, DPM


Dr. Jose Irizarry


On Feb. 14, 2018, Dr. Jose G. Irizarry passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and children. In 1983 he graduated with a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. In 1996, he moved his family to Whitehall, NY and started Green Mountain Family Podiatry.


Source: The Post-Star [2/21/18]



RE: The Passing of Richard Eusanio, DPM


I'm sad to report the loss of a good friend and colleague, Richard Eusanio, DPM, to lymphoma. Richard practiced in Mesquite, TX, a Dallas suburb. He was honest and well-respected by his colleagues, dedicated to his family, practice, and patients, and will be missed.  


But what's up with podiatrists and lymphoma? Besides Drs. Goldsmith and Eusanio, I know of others. Are we breathing too much nail dust, phenol fumes, glutaraldehyde, skin adherent, and/or standing too close to our x-ray machines?


Carl Solomon, DPM, Dallas TX



RE: The Passing of Donald M. Swanson


Dr. Donald M. Swanson, 84, of Farmington, passed away peacefully Monday February 12, 2018, pre-deceased only days by his beloved wife Sondra of sixty years. He received his DPM from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer holding the rank of Second Lieutenant stationed at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, CA.


Dr. Donald Swanson


Upon discharge, Dr. Swanson returned to Connecticut where he practiced podiatry in Plainville for 40 years. He also served on the Plainville Housing Authority and was an active member of the Plainville Lions Club for many years. 


Source: Guilford Shore Line Times [2/16/18]



RE: The Passing of Sebastian "Seb" Bentivegna, DPM


Dr. Sebastian Bentivegna


Dr. Sebastian "Seb" Bentivegna, 80, of Skaneateles, New York, passed away on February 13th at Auburn Community Hospital, in the presence of family and friends. He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and practiced podiatry in Rochester for almost 30 years, before moving to Skaneateles, where he practiced for another 7 years and became an integral part of the community. 


Source: Syracuse Post Standard [2/15/18] 




My sympathies to the Krauklis family in the passing of Robert (Always Bob to me!). Bob and I served together at several Navy training bases rendering podiatric care to military personnel.  We met up periodically in Chicago, Illinois for the Midwest Podiatry conferences as well. He was a devoted military officer and was well respected for his podiatric skills. He helped many of our warriors remain functional on their feet. May the Almighty watch over his loving family.   


Arnold Pock, DPM




On behalf of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), our deepest sympathies to the family of Harry Goldsmith. Harry was a tremendous asset to the podiatric profession and his knowledge was invaluable. Our profession has lost a great man and educator. May he rest in peace –


Maggie Fournier, DPM – President, AAPSM


It is with great sorrow that I heard of the passing of our colleague Harry Goldsmith. I knew him to be a gentleman and an outstanding colleague. He was a tremendous asset to APMA and the profession. I knew Harry as a friend whom I had the honor to serve with on APMA's health policy committee. He was selfless with his time and the commitment he made to his colleagues. I will remember him dearly, and grieve for his family in their loss, and for our profession's loss. 


Jeff Ross, DPM



RE: The Passing Of Harry Goldsmith, DPM

Those who do not know this true story should. Some 20+ years ago, I worked as an expert witness alongside Harry Goldsmith under the umbrella held by attorney Keith Greer in a substantial recovery lawsuit against many podiatrists in the state of California who had billed and were paid by Medi-Cal for custom foot orthotics billed with the bill code L3000 (UCBL). 


Harry and I both worked for free, and put many hours of research, phone calls, and then testimony in this "test" case. We were able to convince the judge that a custom prescription foot orthotic made from a foam impression cast technique could satisfy the requirements of the L3000 code, thus overturning and ending a...


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



RE: The Passing of Robert Alfonso Krauklis, DPM  


Dr. Robert “Bob” Alfonso Krauklis passed away suddenly on February 8, 2018 aged 74 years. Bob graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatry in 1966 and was commissioned into the United States Navy as a Lieutenant. He served 6 years in the Navy, first in Washington D.C., then Parris Island and finally transferring to the Naval Training Center in Orlando. In 1974, Bob began his private practice as a podiatrist with offices in Orlando and Mt. Dora. He served on the Board of Lake-Sumter Hospice and was on staff at Florida Hospital Orlando. He retired in 2010.


Source: Orlando Sentinel [2/12/18]




Harry was a guiding light for students always making himself available for advice, and an icon for leadership development. He was a shining example that one should not forget where they come from.  His legacy carries forth in the giants of our profession whom he had a significant impact upon. He was a mentor and teacher to many.


Hal Ornstein, DPM


All the accolades given about Harry truly define his life. While sharing four years with him at OCPM, everyone, and I mean everyone, truly delighted being in his presence. May you RIP, my friend.


James E. Rogers, DPM, Nashville, TN 



RE: The Passing of Harry Goldsmith, DPM

In the words of Sir Isaac Newton in 1675, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Dr. Harry Goldsmith is one of those giants referred to. Every podiatric physician who has practiced in the last 30+ years, and all future practicing podiatrists, will benefit from the life and efforts of Dr. Goldsmith. His contributions to our profession are profound and overwhelming. And yet those who had the pleasure of interacting with him all thought they knew him personally. We all called him "Harry", and his gentle style allowed us that pleasure.

Harry has been the "face" and embodiment of our profession to many powerful agencies (State and Federal government), large insurers, local organizations, professional societies, and individuals for his whole career. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. In our sorrow and remembrance, we can take solace in the fact that we, as a profession and individually, had the opportunity and the time to get to know Harry, and come away as better people. He will be sorely missed.


Timothy P. Shea, DPM



RE: The Passing of David Bruce Wright, DPM


David Bruce Wright (1930-2018) graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Chicago, as the valedictorian of his class. Dr. Wright entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center, Orthopedic Services in Washington D.C.


Dr. David Wright


Upon leaving the Army, he returned to Battle Creek with his wife Lou Ann and joined his father in practicing podiatry. David continued to practice podiatry in Battle Creek until his retirement in 1985. Dr. Wright was a lifetime member and past president of the Michigan State Podiatric Medical Association and served as president of the podiatric division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation. 


Source: Battle Creek Enquirer [2/11/18]



From: David G. Armstrong, DPM


I have been trying to register the news of the passing of Dr. Goldsmith. He was a gentle, great and good man; but there was so much more to him than simple plaudits or words can cover. All I can think of are the words that I remember Dr. Goldsmith once telling me when I was a first year student at a CPMA meeting. He told me, "David, be like all these great men and women around you, build on that, and the world will be a better place and you'll be one satisfied human being." Well, Harry...the world was better with you in it. We're all a little more empty without you in it but I think we all now need to honor you by heeding your words and paying it forward.


David G. Armstrong, DPM



From: Bret M. Ribotsky, DPM


During my 30+ years in our profession, there are only a handful of DPM leaders who have such broad appeal that everyone knows who they are by just their first name. Harry was one of those few. I lectured with, partnered with, grilled, challenged, been humbled by, and even won a few points with Harry. His banter, and personality made the mundane exciting. We all lost a great soul and I will always place Harry on the "Mount Rushmore" of our profession. 


Last night, I re-listened to videos and audios of Harry on and felt warm. Harry created an industry and then stayed on top of it for 30 years - an incredible feat. Harry, you have left a void on stage that may never get filled. I know you are entertaining the angels, so I raise my glass and am so very thankful that our paths have crossed for so long, as I am a better person as a result of having you in my life.  


Bret M. Ribotsky, DPM



From: Harold B. Glickman, DPM, Jeffrey M. Robbins, DPM


I was saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, mentor, and educator Harry Goldsmith. As I traveled around the country as APMA president, Harry would be at many of the meetings and his welcomed smile would always light up the room. His wisdom and counseling that he would offer to me was invaluable and my trust in him never wavered. Our profession has lost a great man and a pillar of strength. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family, and may he rest in peace.  


Harold B. Glickman, DPM


Harry was a classmate of mine from the 1976 graduating class of OCPM. He leaves us all with a lasting memory of his good humor, his dedication, his fellowship, and most importantly…his friendship. He was able to blend his confidence and competence with a humble soul who always had time for a quick story or anecdote. He loved to laugh and had an infectious smile. That is how I will remember him.


Jeffrey M. Robbins, DPM



From: David J. Freedman, DPM


I am compelled to say how saddened I am to have heard that Harry passed away. The profession is in mourning in a different way unlike his family. We all will truly miss Harry very much. Several weeks ago, I had a very nice conversation with him and he detailed how he was doing. He was a fighter and felt things were going as best as possible. Then I went away. When I tried reaching out to him when I returned from my trip this week, it was too late, but things seemed to be working all the way up to when he passed away. His last email was in response to "Ask the Expert". He said, "Thank you, David. Enjoy Israel."


I want to express my condolences of this sadness to his wife, sons, grandchildren, and extended family. Harry and I always had very thorough, relevant, and educational conversations about concepts, coding, billing, and sometimes wines. He had a knack for good wines. We will miss him; he was a professional superstar that we all need to strive to be like. Rest in peace Harry.


David J. Freedman, DPM



RE: The Passing of Harry Goldsmith, DPM


I was very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Dr. Harry Goldsmith, whom I have considered a friend for almost 25 years. Although I did not always agree with his rigid interpretations of the CPT code book, his true mission was to help all of us be very familiar with the rules and keep us out of trouble.


When I had the rare opportunity 25 years ago to become incorporated into a hospital-based major academic orthopedic surgery group, Harry was absolutely instrumental in guiding me through the negotiation process, advising me on issues I never even considered, resulting not only in successful negotiation, but a glorious career to follow. I never forgot those discussions and how emboldening and supportive he was. May he rest in peace.


Bryan C. Markinson, DPM



The Passing of Harry Goldsmith, DPM

From: Paul Kesselman, DPM


Words cannot begin to express my heartfelt deep sense of loss over the passing of my colleague, mentor, adviser, and most importantly a dear close personal friend. Despite his involvement in many projects, he was never too busy or too far away, to provide friendship, understanding, and guidance to me and many in our profession. 


While the loss to our profession cannot begin to be measured, the loss to his wife, sons, grandchildren, and extended family is unfathomable. Harry did everything first class. He made it a point of... 


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



RE: The Passing of Harry Goldsmith, DPM

From: Mark S Block, DPM


I literally write this with tears in my eyes. I was and am still in a state of shock to hear that my friend and colleague has passed on. It still seems surreal. Some of us have had the opportunity and privilege to work closely with and get to know Harry Goldsmith. For me, he was not only a respected colleague but a friend. I have always looked forward to seeing and working with him on mutual issues. He had always been someone I admired and whose opinion and knowledge I respected.


Harry would always attack issues with 100+% drive. He was an advocate for the profession and respected as an authority. I will miss his insight into challenging issues. I will miss our frequent calls and discussions. I will miss working with him. I will miss his witty sense of humor. I will miss many things about Harry Goldsmith. I can go on for pages but those who knew Harry as I did understand.


My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. He will always have a place in my heart. He will never be forgotten. Harry, I will miss you but never forget you.


Mark S Block, DPM



The Passing of Harry Goldsmith, DPM

From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM


Harry Goldsmith was and will continue be the face of podiatry when it comes to the integrity of this profession. It's a sad day with his loss not only to this profession, but to his family as well. 


He was the “real thing” that any person strives to be. With his great wisdom and wit, he was able to astutely provide podiatry the ability to understand coding in ways that no other profession could. He was able to provide sound expert advice in all things coding. His immense career in this profession cannot be put into words other than to say that he was a true...


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



RE: The Passing of Ivan Abrahamson, DPM


PM News is saddened to report the death of Dr. Ivan Abrahamson. Ivan graduated NYCPM in 1958 and held all Queens Division positions, including twice being elected president. He served at a delegate to The NYSPMA House of Delegates and  was an Attending at various Queens hospitals. He was part of four generations of podiatrists (Grandfather, father, and son [Hal Abrahamson, DPM]).


Dr. Ivan Abrahamson

The funeral is Sunday at 1:30 at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills 71-25 Main Street, Flushing. Shiva will be at Jean & Ivan’s house at 141-18 68th Drive, Flushing. Sunday through Thursday 12 - 9:00pm.




Dr. Jonathan Haber was my residency director. Not only was he an exceptional surgeon and practitioner, but he was a true mentor at St. Barnabas, who really looked out for all his residents and their needs (podiatric and life). When we, his residents, learned of the devastating news of his passing, a chat group was formed and we shared, reminisced, cried and laughed about the many "Haberisms" that have touched and changed our lives and podiatric practices forever. He stayed in touch with many of us and has been guiding us through our years, even though we are spread all over. 


Dr. Jonathan Haber was a truly special man, mentor, and physician who will be missed by all. I speak on behalf of all his residents when I say what an honor it was to have learned from him. Sending hugs and strength to his amazing wife Arlene and daughter Melanie.


Beth Freeling Gusenoff, DPM, Pittsburgh, PA




I am shocked today. Jon was a classmate, friend, and colleague for many years. We shared many experiences during our days as students. We often met during our later years as a result of our commitment to podiatry as volunteers for our beloved profession. He was a wonderful friend, a true asset to podiatry, and will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. 


Lloyd Smith, DPM, NYCPM, 1974



RE: The Passing of Jonathan Haber, DPM


I am devastated to advise that last evening our dear friend and colleague Jonathan Haber lost his brave and courageous battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at home with his beloved family. Jon, a 1974 graduate of NYCPM was a truly esteemed and valued faculty member of the college since the time he completed his residency and subsequently trained several generations of podiatric surgeons.


In addition to his college activities, Jon served the profession in numerous other ways including residency director, Chair of CPME and President of NBPME. Following his family which always came first, Jon’s loves were podiatry, golf, wine, and cigars. He will be greatly missed. The funeral will be held today. We send our love and condolences to his wife Arlene and daughter Melanie.


Michael J. Trepal, DPM
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