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RE: The Passing of David M. Davidson, DPM

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our former partner David Davidson, DPM after a courageous battle with ALS. David had posted his battle previously in this forum, with words of wisdom as to how to live life to the fullest each day.

Dr. David Davidson

David had always been active in podiatry on the local, state, and national scene, and did extensive lecturing on sports medicine and wound care. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. 

Jeffrey Carrel, DPM & Kenneth Goldstein, DPM, Williamsville, NY

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I am so truly saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Morgan. I had great respect for him as a friend to all and for his care of patients. He had a blend of humility and wisdom. He will be missed and it’s still hard to fathom his passing. 


Juli Weitzen, DPM, Gilbertsville, PA



RE: The Passing of Clifford Jay Wolf, DPM


Dr. Clifford Jay Wolf passed away at age 72 in Oceanside on Tuesday July 19, 2022 from complications of Covid-pneumonia. Dr. Wolf graduated with honors from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. 


Dr. Clifford Wolf


He completed his podiatric residency at the Foot Health Center of Los Angeles and University of Southern California Los Angeles County Hospital, California.


Source: San Diego Union-Tribune [7/24/22]



RE: The Passing of George H. Morgan, Jr., DPM


George H. Morgan Jr., DPM. of Rydal, PA. passed away on July 30, 2022. Dr. Morgan graduated and received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine. He also completed a one-year podiatric medical preceptorship at the same institution.


Dr. George Morgan


He held a “consulting staff” position at Abington Memorial Hospital, and he was a staff member at the Pennypack Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


Source: The Intelligencer [8/3/22]




I am saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend, Sam Mendocino. I met Sam in 1983 while taking our Texas licensure tests. We served on TPMA committees, TPMA Board of Directors, and Sam was TPMA President 2 years prior to my term as president.  He always had insight, wimsdo, and a funny story to tell. He was a major force in Texas podiatry, and I will miss him dearly.


Robert Boudreau, DPM



RE: The Passing of Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM (Alan Ng, DPM)

I was shocked to see this in the news today. I got to know Sam Mendicino about 15 years ago and did some lecturing with him. He was one of the smartest people I’ve ever meet, an excellent common sense surgeon, and frankly a wonderful entertainer. This will hit hard for a while. I wish the best to his family.


Jon Purdy, DPM, New Iberia, LA



RE: The Passing of Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM (Alan Ng, DPM)

Samuel S. Mendocino was a very close friend for 40  years. I remember Sam in so many different capacities, not the least of which, is that he was the first resident I trained in private practice when I arrived in Houston. From our very first case I knew Sam was a super-star. Brilliant, funny, technically advanced, innovative and the guy you want in the OR next to you.


Over the years, Sam and I became very close friends and last Thursday, July 21, 2022 he called while I was on vacation in Brazil. I was at dinner with my traveling buddy, and I thought “should I take this call or call him back”. I decided to take the call and it was the last time I will ever speak to...


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




The impact that Dr. Davidson had on the field of podiatry cannot be understated. David started practicing in an era when we were laughed out of boardrooms and could only do surgery in our offices. He fought tirelessly to promote the specialty, and he garnered immense respect and admiration from our medical colleagues. My generation of podiatrists has him to thank every time we walk into an OR and perform a triple without question, or when our ID and vascular colleagues eagerly consult us. Thank you Dr. Davidson, you are dearly missed. 


Taylor Hoff, DPM, Buffalo, NY




Dr. Davidson is what is best about our specialty. His capacity and drive, married with skill and an innate goodness, were on display every day during his decades-long career in Buffalo. He will live on in the memory of his family, his trainees, and his patients-- but also in our discipline. We are better off because of him. 


David G. Armstrong, DPM



RE: The Passing of David Davidson, DPM

I’m heartbroken on learning of my close friend Dave’s passing, after keeping up with him during his brave and inspirational battle with that dreaded ALS disease. I don’t need to add to the huge number of podiatric accolades I know he’ll be receiving here, because for me, it’s more of the personal loss I’m feeling. I guess one of the downsides of the longevity I’ve been lucky enough to be favored with is the constant loss of so many of my close and younger friends and family, like Dave’s cousin Dr. Ed Fischman (DPM), my “brother from another mother,” who passed just a relatively short while ago, and of course my wife, Sue, gone almost ten years now. The best we can do is go by David’s very recent words of wisdom, as to learn how to live life to the fullest each day.

Thanks Dave, I’ll try to keep doing that, while I miss you and our constant, occasionally hysterical, emails and Facebook posts. You’re now yet another piece of my heart missing. R.I.P. friend.


Arthur Gudeon, DPM



RE: The Passing of Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM


ABFAS mourns the loss of Past President Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM,  who passed away July 23, 2022. Sam served the community and the profession throughout his career. He has been a mentor, a leader, a teacher, a colleague, and most importantly, a friend to countless individuals in our profession. ABFAS applauds Dr. Mendicino for his years of dedication and service to the podiatric profession. His impact and influence will always be present.


Dr. Samuel Mendicino


Dr. Mendicino’s publications, appointments, and elected roles are too numerous to list. In 2019, Podiatry Management inducted Dr. Mendicino into the Podiatric Hall of Fame and bestowed on him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mendicino is survived by his children, Hannah Mendicino and Sammy Mendicino; and his brothers Robert “Bobby” Mendicino, DPM, D.ABFAS, and Johnny Mendicino; and his parents Sam and Margaret.


Alan Ng, DPM



RE: The Passing of Anthony George Elliott, DPM


Anthony George Elliott, age 39 - better known to many as Tony – returned from a family hiking trip in the mountains of Idaho around June 30th of this year showing signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite. He started treatment but symptoms progressively worsened until on July 10, 2022, Tony passed away from complications due to this disease at his home in Winfield, Kansas. 


Dr. Anthony Elliott


Dr. Elliott earned his podiatric  medical degree, and completed his residency in Illinois. The family moved to Winfield, Kansas to join his practice, and the family has resided there ever since – moving eventually to their lovely family farm outside of town. Tony was known throughout the area as a kind, conscientious physician, family man, and friend. He spoke often of the concern he had for his patients and the respect he had for his colleagues.


Source: Miles Funeral Home



RE: The Passing of Ken Vogen, DPM


It is with great sadness that I inform our podiatry family that Ken Vogen, DPM passed away March 4, 2022. He died in his sleep from a heart attack at the age of 69. Ken graduated CCPM class of 1981. He swam and played water polo in high school and college. He worked as a Huntington Beach, California lifeguard for years, saving many lives. 


Dr. Ken Vogen


He worked for the West Los Angeles VA for over 10 years. He finished his podiatry career in Laguna Woods where he and I worked together for 12 years. He was loved by his patients. He is survived by his wife Stephanie and his four adult children. Rest In Peace my friend!


David Petersen, DPM



RE: The Passing of Maureen Brennan-Weaver, DPM


I am very sad to announce the death of Maureen Brennan-Weaver, DPM. She died on June 14th in her sleep. She was suffering from atrial fibrillation.


Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver (Yearbook photo)


Dr. Brennan-Weaver graduated in 1987 as valedictorian from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a podiatric residency in Delaware. She had a practice in Harrisburg, PA.


Teresa N Tobin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Robert Brody, DPM


Word has been received of the death of Robert A. Brody, a podiatrist who lived year round on Sulky Circle in East Hampton. Dr. Brody, who died of cancer in New York City on April 18, was 73. Dr. Brody was a graduate also of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Robert Brody


Dr. Brody maintained a private podiatric practice in Brooklyn for 40 years. Later, in East Hampton, he took up real estate, and became a salesman with the Halstead firm for a few years. 


Source: East Hampton Star [6/9/22]



RE: The Passing of Nicholas A Errico, DPM


Nicholas A. Errico, 69, of Haledon, NJ for the last two years, formerly of Hasbrouck Heights for 19 years and prior of Carlstadt for many years, passed away on June 3, 2022. He was a podiatrist for over 25 years.


Dr. Nicholas Errico


For six years, he was a professor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, retiring in 2012.


Source: [6/5/22]



RE: The Passing of Brice Nephi Jenson, DPM


Brice Nephi Jenson, 74, returned to his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2022. Brice received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. 


Dr. Brice Jenson


Dr. Jenson served in the U.S. Army as a podiatrist at the Pentagon and at Fort Hood Army Base during Desert Storm.


Source: Myers Mortuary [3/19/22]



RE: The Passing of Charles Frank Call, DPM


Charles Frank Call III, born September 30, 1949, in Pocatello, Idaho passed away April 28, 2022, at his home in Ammon, Idaho, at the age of 72.


Dr, Frank Call


Charlie completed his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Charlie practiced podiatry in Idaho Falls for many years and devoted himself to serving his patients with the best care possible. 


Source: Post Register [5/16/22]



RE: The Passing of Joseph Ernest Jani, DPM


Dr. Joseph E. Jani, age 73, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at St. Clair Hospital.


Dr. Joseph Jani


He was a podiatrist for 46 years with offices in Oakland and Carmichaels. He retired in 2018. 


Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [5/11/22]




It is indeed sad to hear of the passing of Jay Levrio, PhD. Many members of the podiatric medical profession who worked with Jay either as a member of CPME or BOT knew him as a consummate professional. I’m certain that many who weren’t afforded an opportunity to work with Jay felt his ever positive influence on their lives. He was a pleasant gentleman. My family and I extend to the Levrio Family our most sincere condolences.


Lester J. Jones, DPM



RE: The Passing of Norbert John Wilcox, DPM


Dr. Norbert John Wilcox, age 97, of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with the Lord on December 22, 2021. He was a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from the Illinois Collge of Podiatric Medicine in 1952.


Dr. Norbert Wilcox


Over the next half century, Norbert came to be regarded as the “Dean of Podiatry in North Texas” and helped many aspiring podiatrists launch their careers. He was respected by his peers statewide and was elected President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association.


Source: Dallas Morning News [5/1/22] via Dr. Donald Blum




Jay Levrio deserves all the kudos he has been getting. I worked with Jay for 9 years on the COPM,2 as chairman when we rewrote document 320. This was a radical change in the accreditation process. Jay was the impetus to do this. He would always look at both sides of decisions with consideration for all concerned. 


I spent many hours with Jay and Mary Beth. He was a caring husband, father, and friend. He will be missed by everyone who Jay came into contact with. 


Gene Spector, DPM, MS



RE: The Passing of Jay Levrio, PhD


APMA is deeply saddened to share the news that former Deputy Executive Director and COO Jay Levrio, PhD, has passed away. Dr. Levrio died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 30.


Dr. Jay Levrio


Dr. Levrio began his service to the profession in 1980 when he joined the staff of CPME. Forty-one years later, in the summer of 2021, he retired as the deputy executive director and chief operating officer of APMA. Over the intervening four decades, Dr. Levrio ascended into the leadership first of CPME and then of APMA, establishing a reputation for shrewd intelligence, dry humor, and unassuming kindness.


Source: APMA



The Passing of Drew Coltrin Jones, DPM


Drew Coltrin Jones, DPM, a 35-year-old resident of Tucson, Arizona, and formerly of Burley, ID, died Monday, April 11, 2022, at his home. 


Dr. Jomes graduated with honors from the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in 2015 and completed his podiatric residency at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.


Source: Magic Valley Times-News [4/13/22]



RE: The Passing of Gerald William Cohen, DPM


Jerry Cohen, aka Footso-the Clown, known widely for his sense of humor, creativity, and skills as a podiatrist, compassion, patience, and magic routine died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was 97 years old. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was assigned to the South Pacific. He served as a rear  turret gunner in a torpedo bomber. 


Jerry became interested in pursuing a career in chiropody, later renamed podiatry, so he transferred to the Chicago School of Chiropody. Jerry bought the practice of a retiring podiatrist located in South St. Louis. Seeing an opportunity to educate the public about foot health, Dr. Cohen began mixing foot care tips with a magic show. Pretty soon foot care tips dropped out of  the show, but not his promotion of podiatry. As anyone who saw Footso perform knows, his magic word was “podiatry”.


Source: STL Jewish Light [4/11/22]




It is sad to learn of the passing of a classmate. Kevan was always one of the nicest people in our class, with great stories of his family. My condolences to his family, patients, and community in this time of sadness.


Andrew Levy, DPM (Retired), Jupiter, FL

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