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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 Richard D. Nuccio, DPM


Dr. Richard Nuccio


Richard D. Nuccio, DPM, 70, succumbed to leukemia on July 4, 2017. Dr. Nuzzio graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1971 and formerly practiced in Rockville Center, NY.




Dr. Diorio was my residency director in Youngstown ('76-'77). He was fatherly and fair. I join in thanks for his efforts to run our clinic and give us experience that we didn't obtain in podiatry college. He was the foundation for a clinic that evolved to produce a relevant program and stellar graduates like Lawrence Di Domineco, DPM. My condolences to his family. My prayers and gratitude for his accepting me into his program.  


Robert Bijak, DPM, Clarence Center, NY




How do you thank someone for your livelihood? As a resident of the Foot Clinic of Youngstown in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of learning from one of the best, my residency director Dr. William Diorio. Bill would invite residents into his home for dinner, teach us about the important things in life, and not just podiatry. I asked him at the OHFAMA State meeting in Columbus four weeks ago, if he would retire soon? He responded, "What for? Podiatry is my favorite hobby." Bill never forgot his family, his friends, or his residents. We will never forget you Dr. "D." Today, Heaven is a better place, because you are there. Rest in peace.


Rich Hofacker, DPM, Akron, OH



RE: The Passing of William "Bill" Diorio, DPM


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church in Poland, OH, officiated by Msgr. William Connell for Dr. William “Bill” Diorio, 74, who died Tuesday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Dr. Diorio receiving his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1968 and completed his medical residency at the Foot Clinic of Youngstown in 1969. 


Dr. William “Bill” Diorio


Dr. Diorio was the director of Podiatric Education Foot Clinic of Youngstown from 1972 to 1995, where he trained over 100 podiatric residents in foot and ankle surgery. He was a Fellow of the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery. He was well respected in the community where he had his private practice since 1969, in Poland.


Source: The Vindicator [7/6/17]



RE: The Passing of Arnold N. Kimmel, DPM


Arnold N. Kimmel, 89, formerly of Philadelphia, Yardley, Long Beach Island, and Trenton, NJ, and a permanent resident of Boca Raton, FL, since 1989, passed away July 1, 2017. A graduate of  Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, he was a beloved podiatrist in Trenton for 38 years prior to his retirement. Dr. Kimmel was a medical officer in the 50th Armored Division of the NJ National Guard. He was chief of podiatry service at Donnelly Memorial, St. Francis Medical Center, Hospital of New Jersey Prisons (Trenton, Clinton, and Annandale), Hunterdon Medical Center, and attending podiatrist at Greenwood House (Jewish Home for the Aged) and Bordentown Home for Gifted Children.


Source: Trenton Times [7/3/17] 



From: Phill Ward, DPM, et al.


Eleanor was the matriarch of the North Carolina Foot and Ankle Society. Her leadership, caring, and devotion will be missed by all her "boys and girls". She taught us to be thoughtful, caring people as well as leaders and physicians. She will be dearly missed. My family's sympathy goes out to her family and the North Carolina podiatric community as we all grieve our loss and at the same time celebrate her life. 


Phill Ward, DPM, Debbie Hooks-Ward, PhD, Meredith Ward, DPM, Marshall Ward, OD



RE: The Passing of Eleanor F. Upton


We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Eleanor Flowers Upton. Eleanor passed peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017, following an unexpected illness. 


Eleanor Upton


Eleanor spent most of her career in the hospitality and association management industry, forming Upton Associates in 1976. She served as the executive director of the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society for thirty years, 1982-2012.


Jean U. Kirk, Executive Director, North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society



RE: The Passing of Courtland R. Thompson, DPM


Dr. Courtland R. Thompson, age 91, of Hampton, Virginia, went to his eternal rest on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. 

Dr. Courtland Thompson


Dr. Thompson was a native of New Jersey before retiring to the Hampton area nearly 30 years ago. Dr. Thompson served in the Coast Guard and in his professional career was a surgeon-podiatrist and educator. He was also active in many civic and professional organizations. 


Source: [5/26/17]



RE: The Passing of Charlanne Elise Bratton, DPM


Dr. Charlanne Elise Bratton


Charlanne Elise Bratton, age 52, died on May 25, 2017. She earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Charlanne had a thriving Home Care Practice named Five Lakes In Home Foot Care .


Source: Flint Journal [5/26/17]



RE: The Passing of Daniel Duffy, DPM


I am saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Dan Duffy. Dr. Duffy was the founding doctor of Cleveland's annual No Nonsense Podiatric Seminar. Since its inception in 1985, Dan ran the seminar and his vision was that it would be filled with quality speakers. The majority of the speakers were not sponsored by any pharmaceutical company, lab, or other corporate entity. He also made sure that the tuition was not only affordable, but he provided meals for all attendees as well sponsors of booths for the entire 3 days.


Dr. Daniel Duffy


I had the distinct honor of working with Dan as a speaker at the No Nonsense Seminar for over 20 years. Working with him and seeing how much he cared for all of our colleagues was always a breath of fresh air. I will always miss him. I have been informed by Dr. David Hintz that in Dan's honor, the No Nonsense Seminar will continue serving our community for many years to come.


Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY



RE: The Passing of Kenneth Canter, DPM

I graduated from PCPM with Kenny in 1972. We both hailed from DC and suburban Maryland, so for 4 years we were in school together and made trips back and forth from Philly to Maryland. Kenny had a perpetual smile and a completely positive personality which I'm sure helped him in his professional career. After graduation, our paths took different directions, but it was always a treat to see him and "catch up" at seminars and meetings. I will never forget him and I extend my sympathies and condolences to his family.


Mark H. Sugar, DPM (retired), Palm Beach Gardens, FL




Ken was an old friend who started off practicing in Maryland. We attended many meetings  and residency programs together. He was a mild mannered podiatrist who cared about podiatry and his patients. He will be missed, and his patients will also miss him at the VA Hospital.    


Steven J Berlin, DPM, Baltimore, MD




I had the pleasure of knowing Kenny Canter from the early days of podiatric expansion in the VA. He built a model podiatric patient care and training program at the Minneapolis VA. He was one of those docs who worked in the trenches and devoted his career to serving patients and training residents without seeking credit or commendation. Nevertheless, his professional legacy will live on in those of us whose friendship he shared, and in those whom he taught and cared for. Rest in peace. 


Ron Sage, DPM, Maywood, IL 



RE: The Passing of Kenneth Canter, DPM


It is great sadness that I report the passing of friend and colleague Kenneth Canter, DPM, formerly Chief of Podiatry and Residency Program Director at the Minneapolis VAMC.


Dr. Kenneth Canter


Please read his obituary as it describes Ken very well. Despite his debilitating condition Ken was one of the most positive and optimistic people I have ever come across. He will indeed be missed.


Jeffrey Robbins, DPM



RE: The Passing of Wilfred R. Gartner, Jr., DPM


Dr. Wilfred R. Gartner, Jr., 71, of Omaha, passed away suddenly on April 15, 2017. Born in Omaha, Bill Gartner attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, following in his family's footsteps.


Dr. Wilfred Gartner, Jr


His grandfather was the first podiatrist in the state of Nebraska and his father and several uncles were also foot doctors. After graduating, Bill practiced as a podiatrist in Omaha and also had offices in Kearney and Lincoln for many years. 


Source: Lincoln Journal Star [5/15/17]



RE: The Passing of Scott Denisar, DPM


Dr. Scott Edward Denisar, age 39, of Kettering, passed away at his residence surrounded by family & friends on May 7, 2017. He graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Scott Denisar


Scott was a resident at Cleveland Clinic, Surgical Hospital of Oklahoma, and then completed a podiatric surgical fellowship in Edmond Oklahoma, specializing in foot, ankle, and lower limb reconstructive surgery. He practiced in Edmond Oklahoma and most recently at Premier Health Network, Dayton, OH.


Source: Dayton Daily News [5/11/17]



RE: The Passing of Ronald Montgomery, DPM


Dr. Robert Montgomery


Dr. Ronald Montgomery departed life on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO after a brief illness. He was born on September 20, 1953, in Beaumont, TX, 5 minutes before his twin brother, to Hazel and Moses Montgomery. He practiced podiatry in Beaumont and Groves, Texas for 25 years.


Source: Beaumont Enterprise [5/11/17]



RE: The Passing of Janusz Skwark, DPM


He was my classmate at Scholl, 1986. I haven't seen him since graduation. All I remember in our four years was his constant smile and good cheer. May he rest in peace.


Edgard Nau, DPM



RE: The Passing of Janusz Skwark, DPM


I was very sorry to hear about the passing of my old friend Janusz Skwark, DPM. He was a fellow classmate from Scholl 1986. He was a great guy and I believe just about everybody that knew him liked him and thought of him as a friend. He will be sorely missed by everyone! Rest in peace my old friend. 


Peter Rznyk, DPM, Scholl, 1986 



RE: The Passing of Jay R. Rosenberg, DPM


It is with great regret that I note the passing of Jay R. Rosenberg, DPM in Ft Lauderdale, FL on April 21. He was a graduate of American University and NYCPM Class of 1970. He practiced in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY for many years before retiring to Florida.  He was a friend to me while I attended the school and, later, a surrogate father-in-law. He leaves his four children and several grandchildren. He will be missed by all.


Gerald S. Campo, DPM




Fred Youngswick was the most kind, considerate, fair, smart, understanding, and imaginative of our profession. His tenure as CPMA President was flawless. He was a great surgeon and deeply believed in every single student and resident he taught.


Sympathies to Cathey, Fern, and family. May the loss you feel now, soon change to fond memories of Freddy. I will treasure the times I had with him.


Paul R. Scherer, DPM, San Francisco, CA



RE: The Passing of Tom Amberry, DPM


On behalf of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Thomas Amberry, DPM. Dr. Amberry was a tremendous asset to the profession and was the 2002 recipient of our AAPSM Golden Foot Award which is awarded to podiatrists for educating the public on the importance of physical fitness and the role of podiatric sports medicine in the care of the athlete.


Rita J. Yates, Executive Director, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine




I knew Dr. Amberry during my residency at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. He would come by my residency director's office, Dr. Hubbard's office, talk about basketball and other things, and was very helpful with advice for a young podiatrist. Although I did not get to see him do his famous free throws, he did ask me to recheck the counts and to verify that the counts were accurate. He was a delightful gentleman, fun to be around, and will be missed.


James W. Breedlove, DPM, San Luis Obispo, CA



RE: The Passing of Fred D. Youngswick, DPM

Editor's Note: “A Celebration of Freddy’s Life" will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1PM at Stemple Creek Ranch, 900 Burbank Lane, Petaluma, CA. Colorful and casual attire is suggested.



RE: The Passing of Fred D. Youngswick, DPM


It's very sad to hear of the passing of Fred D. Youngswick, DPM. Fred and I, along with 50+ students, attended and graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM) in San Francisco, California, on May 25, 1975. We were among a few fortunate members of the Class of 1975 to remain at CCPM and the Pacific Coast Hospital, completing our respective residency and/or fellowship training from 1975 to 1977.


Our time spent at CCPM as students, residents, fellows and faculty occurred at a special time, in a very special place that produced some highly influential podiatrists who distinguished themselves as leaders of our profession held in high esteem by students, residents, and peers. Fred was a stand-out among the best and brightest in our profession that the baby-boomer generation had to offer. I offer my deepest condolences to Cathy, her children and grandchildren, with the hope that they will find peace and comfort from their personal loss.


Les Jones, DPM
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