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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

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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 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



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




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 Alice Suzanne Jackson Temples Kelly, DPM


Dr. (Alice) Suzanne Jackson Temples Kelly was born July 1, 1926 in New Brighton, PA and passed away Monday, March 14, 2022. Suzanne received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 1948 from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.


Dr. Suzanne Kelly


She set up her own practice in New Brighton, PA which she ran successfully for 12 years until she moved to Virginia. She was an active member in the community serving on various boards and organizations. Her involvement was in the areas of her church, education, and medicine. 


Source: United States Obituary Notice



RE: The Passing of Stephen J. Kukura, DPM


Dr. Stephen J. Kukura, 67, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2022 at the Hospice House. Dr. Kakura earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland in 1997. 


Dr. Stephen Kukura


An accomplished musician, Stephen was a founding member and bass guitar player for the local rock band Southwind in the '70s and '80s. A multi-talented music lover, in addition to the bass, he was skilled in acoustic guitar, organ, and drums.


Source: WKBN [3/30/22]



RE: The Passing of Kevan Kreitman, DPM


It is with profound sadness that APMA shares the news that Kevan Kreitman, DPM, speaker of the APMA House of Delegates, passed away suddenly this week. Dr. Kreitman earned his DPM from the then Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He served as chief resident during his surgical residency at North Detroit General Hospital. Dr. Kreitman was a diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.


Dr. Kevan Kreitman


He was a partner with Shores Podiatry Associates in Roseville, MI, for 20 years and was a leader of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association, serving as president from 2002–2003. He was active with APMA and the APMAPAC and served as speaker of the House of Delegates for the first time in 2022.


Source: APMA Update [3/29/22]



RE: The Passing Peter Myskiw, DPM


Peter was a classmate of mine. He moved to AZ for a residency and set up a practice there. He worked until a few years ago as his health declined. He was a  great guy. Everyone loved him. He and I were the only single classmates and we traveled around the U.S. every weekend and in the summers. He will be missed.


Rich Belli, DPM



RE: The Passing of Peter Myskiw, DPM


Dr. Peter Myskiw, 69, passed peacefully on February 5, 2022 at his home in Phoenix, Arizona with his beloved wife, Jennie, at his side.


Dr. Peter Myskiw


He graduated from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1978. He opened a private practice in Casa Grande, Arizona. His compassion, kindness, and positive nature endeared him to his patients for over 35 years.


Source: Funeral Innovations



RE: The Passing of Don Thomas Peacock Jr., DPM (Burton Katzen, DPM)

The news of Don’s sudden passing was a punch to my soul. He was my classmate, a friend, and man who really enjoyed life to the fullest both professionally and personally. I wish his family well in this time of sadness and choose to remember him fondly and take solace that he touched so many people with his kindness and his skills as a podiatric surgeon. He will be missed and was taken to soon.


Peter J. Bregman, DPM



RE: The Passing of Don Thomas Peacock Jr., DPM (Burton Katzen, DPM)

Don was a real gentleman and a class act. He was a brilliant and skilled podiatric surgeon both in open and minimal incision surgery; and sometimes in a blend of both. He was always there as a mentor and as an instructor to me and many others at the Academy meetings. I always left those meeting with a pearl of his wisdom that would benefit me and  improve my skillset and outcomes. On many occasions, I would call up or e-mail Don to get his input and opinion on some of my difficult cases, and he would always respond quickly and he was always right.


Don's media and social media presence really shined a positive light on minimally invasive surgery and podiatry both in North America and around the world. I reached out to Don several months ago hoping to catch up with him at the next Academy meeting but his wife got back to me saying that he was unable to speak. Don will be sadly missed by me and the profession. RIP.


Robert Chelin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Don Thomas Peacock Jr., DPM (Burton Katzen, DPM)

I will never forget the good times, debates, collaborations, and inspiration that Don gave me over the past decade. His legacy would have been greater if more of us just accepted the changes that he improvised to podiatry practice. I consider him a glorious comet in my life that blazed before me and now is gone.


Dennis Shavelson, DPM, CPed, Tampa, FL


I read with a heavy heart today of the untimely passing of Dr. Peacock. I only met Dr. Peacock a couple of times when attending MIS seminars. Without a doubt, he was one of my favorite people to learn from. I have attended many seminars over my career and there are some docs that love to share and teach so that everyone collectively gets better and there are those who love to throw their ego around. Dr. Peacock was a gifted podiatrist, a great communicator, an excellent teacher, and a true mensch. My condolences to his family. Podiatry has lost a gentle giant. 


Jeffrey Kass, DPM, Forest Hills, NY



RE: The Passing of James McDonald Jr, DPM


James “Jim” Campbell McDonald Jr., 78, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 25, 2021, at his home. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.


Dr. James McDonald


Dr. McDonald 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 [1/10/22]



RE: The Passing of LV Grant, DPM           


Today, the world is a little less bright following the knowledge of the passing of LV Grant, DPM. LV was a graduate of the class of 1971 at  the California College of Podiatric Medicine during the days of its location at 1770 Eddy Street in San Francisco, California.


LV was one of the brightest and talented students of the era in the college’s history in SF, ultimately upon graduation finding himself selected for one of our top residency programs at Highland General Hospital/Alameda County Hospital (a teaching affiliate of the University of California Medical Centers). I met LV during his 4th year clinical clerkships and knew that he was a very perfect mentor which proved correct in my own personal and professional growth.


LV soon distinguished post-residency as a premier podiatric surgeon over the following 30+ years in-the greater San Francisco Bay Area, primarily focused upon the East Oakland/Mid Town Oakland Hospital and Medical Center region. LV provided a level of expert care and compassion to the African American community of the East Bay. Needless to say, he was special to me. He was a person of character and ethics; a friend I will miss dearly. R.I.P., Dr. LV Grant. You did good my friend!


Lester J. Jones, DPM, MSEd



RE: The Passing of LV Grant, DPM    


We lost LV on Sunday, January 2, 2022  after a brief, but aggressive bout of lung cancer.  A man of substance and style, he loved his family, his food, and his music. He served two years in the Armed Forces before heading West to the Bay Area where he decided to pursue a degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.   


Dr. LV Grant


The Bay Area was good to LV. It was here that he and his wife Brenda built a life. The Bay Area was where he became a father to his children, Kitt and Brett, and where he built a successful professional career. 


Source: San Francisco Chronicle [1/6/22]  



RE: The Passing of Joel Keilson, DPM


Joel Keilson, DPM, 77 of Hewlett, NY has passed away. Dr. Keilson was a 1975 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Joel Keilson


He completed a podiatric residency at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and practiced in Manhattan.



RE: The Passing of Mark R. Menaquale, DPM


Mark R. Menaquale, DPM, age 64, passed away on December 8, 2021. Dr. Menaquale graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a podiatric residency at Bon Secours Hospital.


Dr. Mark Menaquale


Mark was a podiatrist surgeon with offices in Atco and Brigantine, NJ. He was an extensive world traveler who immersed himself in every country's sites, culture, and cuisine. He also enjoyed music, Broadway shows, and dining out.


Source: Legacy [12/14/21]



RE: The Passing of Keith Kashuk, DPM


Today was a very sad day when I learned of the passing of my residency director, Keith Kashuk, DPM. Dr. Kashuk represented the best in cutting edge podiatric foot and ankle surgery for his time. He was a pioneer in moving forward podiatric surgery at a time when our profession was just getting traction in the field of foot and ankle surgery. 


Thanks to him and his vision, the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine became a reality -  a reality that my co-resident Chet Evans, DPM ushered into becoming a premier school that we are all proud of. I’m certain all who knew him extend our deepest condolences to his wife, daughter, and his grandchildren. May his memory always be a blessing to them and to all future podiatrists.


From:  Ira Baum, DPM, Naples, FL



RE: The Passing of Thomas Del Zotto, DPM


Thomas Del Zotto, DPM, March 6, 1957 - February 17, 2021 in Sacramento, California - Surrounded by his loving family, Tom was tenderly welcomed into the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ after suffering a cardiac incident. Dr. Del Zotto graduated from podiatry school in San Francisco just in time to become stranded when the earthquake struck.


Dr. Thomas Del Zotto


He was a beloved podiatrist for many years, practicing in his Folsom, Carmichael, and Cameron Park offices. He was on staff at Mercy Folsom Hospital. He was board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine and a Diplomate in the American Board of Disability Analysts.


Source: The Sacramento Bee [10/27/21]



RE: The Passing of Steve Beito, DPM


On October 5, 2021, the New Braunfels lost a truly great man and highly respected member of the community. Dr. Beito earned his podiatric medical degree at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Steve Beito


He then moved to Texas for a residency at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. This was followed by an internship in New Braunfels and when that practice became available for purchase in 1987, he made his next major move and bought it. 


Source: The Herald-Zeitung [10/9/21]



RE: The Passing of Ayne Furman, DPM


Dr. Ayne Furman, of Alexandria, died on Sept. 26 after battling cancer. She practiced podiatry and sports medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Furman earned her podiatric medical degree at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Ayne Furman


She was Past President of the American Association for Women Podiatrists and of the Northern Virginia Podiatric Medical Association.


Source: Washington Jewish News [10/5/21]




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 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




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



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]

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