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RE: The Passing of Thomas Michael McGuigan, DPM


Dr. Thomas Michael McGuigan, 75, of Washington Crossing, PA, entered into his eternal rest with God on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Langhorne, PA after a courageous battle with cancer. 


Dr. Thomas McGuigan


Personally, I didn’t know Tom very well except professionally. He was a “gentle giant” in podiatric medicine and biomechanics and was admired by his colleagues and loved by his patients. We will miss him, Rest In Peace Tom-and condolences to his family.


Stuart Kushel, DPM, Lakewood Ranch, FL

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RE: The Passing of Richard Farrell, DPM


Dr. Richard Farrell, age 78 of Crown Point, IN passed away September 17, 2021. Richard was a biology teacher at Emerson High School before going back to school at Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. 


Dr. Richard Farrell worked as a podiatrist for 25 years in Merrillville and Gary, Indiana, prior to retiring in Florida.


Source: [9/19/21]




So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a big guy with a big heart. 


Gene Spector, DPM




Dr. McGuigan was a consultant clinician when I was a student at PCPM in the 1970s. I remember him as very professional and a nice guy.


Kenneth L Hatch, DPM,  PCPM '75


I was so sad to hear about my classmate Tom McGuigan’s passing. We had a small class so we all knew each other well and Tom was a great guy. He will be missed. 


Sam Bell, DPM 




Dr. McGuigan was one of my students at TUSPM (PCPM) and one of my residents. He was a bright individual, a gentleman of the highest order, a man of integrity, compassion, a strong advocate for the profession. He earned a place in a special training program with the New Jersey State Health Department with the diabetes program under the directorship of Dr. Arthur Krosnick. His ethics were of the highest caliber. He brought to our profession a record of outstanding community involvement. 


May he rest in peace and may we bless his memory. And, may he never be forgotten.


Arthur E. Helfand, DPM




Tom McGuigan was one of my classmates at PCPM. I remember him as the strong and silent type. He continued this in practice as one of the silent majority who contributed to the continued development of podiatry over the years. I am sorry to hear of his passing and condolences to his family.


Paul Taylor, DPM, Class of 1970, PCPM



From: Ed Cohen, DPM 


I am saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Strauss and I really enjoyed reading the eulogy by Drs. Herbert Abbott and Howard Dinowitz. Some of my happiest memories were visiting Dr. Strauss at his four offices. I frequently reminisce about the passion he had for minimally invasive foot surgery and how his knowledge and surgical techniques, that he enthusiastically shared with hundreds of doctors, have benefited and will continue to benefit hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the world.


When visiting his office, you could experience his terrific staff, content patients, and amazing surgical results, which was very inspiring. Dr. Strauss was very passionate about his profession and his patients, and it was evident in the years he worked so diligently to improve people’s health and quality of life.  I looked forward to spending as much time as I could observing him at work, sometimes until the wee hours of 2:00 a.m. on Tuesdays. His wife Joanie was also so gracious as to fix us a gourmet meal. I admire Dr. Strauss, not only as a fellow professional associate, but as a dear and beloved friend and he will be greatly missed.


Ed Cohen, DPM




I would like to extend to Carl’s family and extended family my condolences on his untimely recent passing. Over the years, whenever I needed an issue resolved concerning ABPS and then ABFAS certification, recertification, self-assessment, etc., Carl was the "go to" person who always answered questions and resolved issues! His customer service with the surgical certifying board was exemplary and appreciated greatly. 


May you RIP, Carl. You helped countless members throughout the years, and you will be missed.



Joe Agostinelli, DPM, Niceville, FL


I'm sorry to hear of the loss of Carl Lawrence. A true gentleman. Always willing to help. Always enjoyed speaking with him at the ACFAS meetings.


Greg Bryan, DPM, Shreveport, LA




I was so surprised and saddened to read of the passing of Ron Strauss. I was privileged to be his friend since the ‘70s. Ron was selfless. Ron was fun. He loved his family and he loved his friends.


Dr. Ronald Strauss


He will be truly missed. I remember many good times with Ron and his dear wife, Joanie


Lawrence Kobak, DPM, JD



RE: The Passing of Ronald J Strauss, DPM

From: Herbert Abbott, DPM, Howard Dinowitz, DPM


Dr. Ronald J Strauss, 83, passed away peacefully on August 25th, 2021. Dr. Strauss was the first in his family of Eastern European immigrants to attend college, (the University of Delaware) and then graduated in 1962 from the Temple School of Chiropody. He then went on to become one of the greatest innovators of minimal incision podiatric surgery in our profession.


He developed and taught cutting edge procedures at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine on multiple occasions and also lectured in several countries all over the world. He had over 650 visiting students, interns, preceptors, and private practice podiatrists spanning four decades in...


Editor's note: This extended-length obituary can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Carl Lawrence


ABFAS is saddened to report the passing on August 28, 2021, of longtime staffer Carl Lawrence, a beloved fixture of the ABFAS community. Carl was the second-longest serving ABFAS employee, and his long tenure is a testament to how much he cared for ABFAS and all its members and staff.


Carl Lawrence


Carl had an unwavering commitment to the profession and a loyalty to ABFAS’ vital role as a certifying organization. He was a true gentleman. We will miss him.


Kathy Kreiter, Executive Director, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery




Bob was my residency director at Memphis Eye and Ear Hospital. You could not ask for a better director, teacher, administrator, or mentor. His passing is a loss for all of podiatry. He was a class act “right down to the bone!”


Stuart Levine, DPM, Delray Beach, FL




I was a student at UNC Asheville when he treated my girlfriend, a professional ballet dancer, for a foot injury which other so-called experts in New York and Atlanta had essentially written off. I was so impressed with him that I followed his advice and became a podiatric surgeon. Thank you, Dr. McDonald for all you did for me during those years.


Tim Vogler, DPM, Winston-Salem, NC




I just saw the news of Jim’s passing today. I purchased his Asheville, NC practice in 1993 fresh out of my PSR-12 residency. Jim had other offers but told me he trusted my professional skills and personal integrity to take over the practice at his retirement. 


Dr. James McDonald Jr in 1980


During the past 28 years the opportunity he presented allowed me the blessings to support my family, care for tens of thousands of patients, establish-buy-sell three other podiatry offices while staying at the original location Jim started in 1980. Thank you, Dr. McDonald! The angels’ feet are in your good hands. 


Dan Waldman, DPM, Asheville, NC



RE: The Passing of Robert "Bob" Galorenzo, DPM


Robert "Bob" Galorenzo, 69, of Upper Saddle River, NJ, formerly of Ramsey, NJ passed away on August 12, 2021 at The Valley Hospital. He earned his podiatric medical degree at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine where he received honors and served as President of his Senior Class. He was accepted into a prestigious residency program in Memphis, TN. Upon completion, he was asked to become Director of the Residency Program.


He opened his practice, Family Foot Care Center, and subsequently joined the medical staff at The Valley Hospital as one of the first podiatrists. He served as the Department Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery for over three decades.


Source: The Record/Herald News [8/29/21]



RE: The Passing of James McDonald Jr., DPM


James “Jim” Campbell McDonald Jr., 78, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, at his home.


Dr. James McDonald Jr.


He graduated from Ohio College of Podiatry in 1967. He practiced podiatry in Raleigh and Asheville before retiring in 1993 to Morehead City, NC.


Source: Carteret County News-Times [8/27/21]



RE: The Passing of Patrick Michael Farrell, DPM


Dr. Patrick M. Farrell, 63, passed peacefully Tuesday July 27th with family. Dr. Farrell graduated from Dr. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1987, then went on to study foot and ankle surgery at the University of Arizona. He did his residency in Tucson. He was affiliated with Yuma Regional Medical Center.


Dr. Patrick Farrell


He came to Yuma and built a practice over 34 years. He loved his patients and golf. He was the only doctor I knew to still do house calls.  He was a very colorful individual.  He was also very involved in the community.  He will be greatly missed.


Sheila Myers-Farrell  



RE: The Passing of Richard C. Albright, DPM


Dr. Richard C. Albright, 83, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at his home in Shamokin in the care of his family and friends.


Dr. Richard Albright


Doctor Albright (affectionately known as “Doc” or “Scoop”) attended Susquehanna University and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1962. He returned to Shamokin where he established his podiatry practice, retiring in 2020. He proudly served as a Colonel in the Army Reserves.


Source: The Daily Item [8/19/21]



RE: The Passing of Donald Robert Dolezalek Jr., DPM


Donald Robert Dolezalek Jr. DPM, 61, of Corinth, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior unexpectedly on August 15, 2021.  He attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Don moved to Houston and worked for Setpoint Inc. for 13 years as a process control engineer. 


Dr. Donald Dolezalek


In 1996, he decided to change his career path and move to Chicago to obtain his doctorate at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 2000. He completed his residency in 2002 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center and the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, IL. He then returned to Texas to open his practice, Gainesville Podiatry. Don treated his patients like family and genuinely cared for and valued his relationship with each one.


Source: Texarkana Gazette [8/20/21]




I was extremely saddened with the news of the passing of Wesley Taxier, DPM. I was honored to be one of the residents that had the pleasure of being encouraged, guided, and taught by  Dr. Taxier, Dr. Yamada, and Dr. Harrill at Gila River Healthcare Corporation and Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Dr. Taxier as well as the others empowered me with their sense of humor and their passion for the podiatric profession. 


As the calendar pages have fallen to the floor over the last 21 years, I reflect on the advice, humor, and skills Dr. Taxier provided to me as a resident. I believe that Drs. Taxier, Yamada, and Harrill make up the brilliant three-star constellation among the galaxy of bright podiatry mentors and residency programs that have allowed me to be guided to my present professional and life destination.


Robert G. Smith DPM, MSc., RPh




I knew Dr. Jesse through my 30 year career in podiatry sales. Dr. Plasencia was always gracious, kind, and had a great smile. When I would see him at the podiatry conferences, he would always give me a big hug. The podiatry community has lost a really good man. My condolences and prayers for his family. May he RIP. 


Paula Pitts



RE: Passing of Wesley N. Taxier, DPM

From: Jason Harrill, DPM


It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of a great friend and colleague, Dr. Wesley Taxier, DPM (58 years old) on August 31, 2021 in Chandler Arizona. Dr. Taxier was a staff podiatrist at the Gila River Healthcare Corporation and Phoenix Indian Medical Center over the last 26 years. He was very active with training numerous podiatric residents while providing care to the Native American community. He will be remembered for his fantastic sense of humor and his passion for fishing.


Dr. Wesley Taxier


Dr. Taxier attended the California College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente.


Jason C. Harrill, DPM



From: Kathleen Satterfield, DPM


Sometimes it is difficult for podiatric medical students in years one and three to create a bond, but Jesse Plasencia was the kind of guy who spanned the divide to reach out to underclassmen at social events and in clinics. Every time I ran into him, in school or for the next few decades, he always met me with a smile, a laugh, a hug, and encouragement. I looked forward to those reunions especially at the Midwest. He was one of the good guys. 


And now I hear of his untimely passing. It doesn’t seem fair that the positive, hardworking, and inspiring souls in our field are often taken first. Just too good for this world, I guess. Until we meet again, my friend.


Kathleen Satterfield, DPM



From:  Alex Kor, DPM, MS, Cynthia Mercado Ciessau, DPM 


It is with great sadness that I learned today of Jesse's passing. Never have I met anyone (besides Jesse) who always had a smile on their face. As a co-resident in 1989-1990 with him, he made every day fun, worthwhile, and rewarding. Jesse, my friend, you will be sorely missed!


Alex Kor, DPM, MS, Lebanon, IN


I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jesse Plasencia with Zone 1 so many years ago. What a wonderful man. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing. 


Cynthia Mercado Ciessau, DPM



RE: The Passing of Jesse Plasencia, DPM


God has a new golfing partner that will keep him laughing. Dr. Plasencia, 62, graduated from Indiana University and went on to graduate from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. He completed his podiatric surgery residency at Westside (now Jesse Brown) VA in Chicago and joined the practice of Professional Foot Care Specialists, PC in Chicago. He eventually moved on to join the VNA Health Care Team in Aurora, IL.


Dr. Jesse Plasencia


Jesse enjoyed teaching residents from the Jesse Brown VA podiatric surgery residency program and served as an officer of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, Zone 2. He was a lifelong member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, as well as being a member of the American College of Podiatric Medicine. 


Dr. Plasencia was always outgoing, positive and a pleasure to be around. Everyone that has met him has remembered who he is because of his caring and lighthearted manner. Visitation will take place on Saturday August 14 from 9:00AM-1:00PM, with a service starting at 1:00 PM at Carlson Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home & Crematory, 2320 Black Rd., Joliet, IL. 


Matthew Garoufalis, DPM



RE: The Passing of Roney G. Audo, DPM 


Roney G Audo, DPM, 66, of Butte, Montana passed away 08-02-2021 of Covid. Dr. Audo graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and served the community and surrounding areas for 37 years as a podiatrist.


Dr. Roney Audo


He loved and cared deeply for all the valued patients and was always moved with the loyalty of those he treated. Foot care (soul care) was truly his gifting as well.


Source: Montana Standard [8/8/21]

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