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Kevin Mack
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 21, 1958
  • Place of birth:
    Grosse Point, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 14, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    San Francisco, California, United States
Peace.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Kevin Mack, MD, MS.  

We hope to honor Kevin by making this a living memorial.  Please use this as a "hub" to share your stories and tributes.  Though you need to formally register to add anything, there is no advertising or spamming associated with registering.  You may leave brief tributes below, or longer stories on the "stories tab." 

A viewing was held on Tuesday evening, 6pm on July 19th, 2011 at St. Agnes Catholic Church on 1025 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco CA 94117.  The mass was held on Wednesday morning, 10am on July 20th, also at St. Agnes.  

A memorial service was held at 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Cole Hall, UCSF Parnassus Campus.  It was simulcast to the SFGH Cafeteria and to UC Berkeley University Hall, room 150.  Here is a link to the entire UCSF-based ceremony:

http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ETS/Viewer/?peid=7f8c0b04878842858a8452d33c0b0e111d

If you would like to download a copy of this event, email Amin (Amin.Azzam@ucsf.edu) and he will arrange for you to get access to it.

Kevin is buried in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, at 1500 Mission Road; Colma, CA 94014. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to benefit his husband and children may be made to the Kevin Mack, MD Memorial Fund through Wells Fargo Bank.  Donations can be:

1) mailed c/o Amin Azzam to 348 51st Street #C; Oakland, CA 94609; or

2) made in person at any Wells Fargo Branch.  If you attempt to donate at a bank branch and the teller has troubles finding the account, encourage them to click on the "confidential tab" to locate the memorial fund.

Finally, Natalie Bybee (a dear close personal family friend) would like volunteers willing to create video clips of remembrances of Kevin so she can compile them as stories for his children.  If you are interested in offering a video remebrance, contact her directly at nataliebybee@yahoo.com.  More details on how you can contribute have now been posted under the "stories" tab of this site.

And on the eve of the 1 year anniversary of Kevin's death, here is an email from the UCSF psychiatry department chair:

Dear Department of Psychiatry Colleagues,

A year ago, on July 14, 2011, we lost our colleague Dr. Kevin Mack. I wanted to reach out to everyone in the department, in parallel with the school to medical students and faculty colleagues, and also in parallel with the UCSF- UCB Joint Medical Program to its community, as I know that many of us were deeply touched by Kevin. He brought laughter, warmth, support, and intellectual engagement to so many of us. I invite you to spend a special moment this weekend to remember him.

The School of Medicine announces the establishment of the Kevin Mack LGBT Champion Scholarship. This scholarship will honor Kevin’s open and unwavering commitment to the professional development and emotional support of all medical students, and especially those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identity. The scholarship will be awarded to one student each year in recognition of important contributions during medical school to the principles of non-discrimination and human rights that Kevin exemplified so strongly in word and deed. Details of the award and the application process will be distributed soon.   

The UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program honors Kevin's commitment and dedication to innovation in medical education with the creation of the Kevin Mack Medical Education Leadership Support Fund.  It supports the advancement and promotion of innovative educational efforts with an annual faculty support award. The fund will be formally established very soon.

At a department level, we instituted at this year’s Psychiatry Faculty Education Retreat the Annual Kevin Mack Life Lessons. Bestowed upon the session that best embodies Kevin’s spirit of life, loving and learning, this year the inaugural honored session was “Teaching Critical Thinking” led by David Elkin and Gilbert Villela.

Kevin will also be remembered by a special SFGH Psychiatry Grand Rounds session each Fall in his honor. The annual event will celebrate Kevin's playfulness, creativity, inspiration, teaching and mentoring.

Also, with colleagues I am planning a special activity for department members and alums to remember Kevin each year at the Fall national meeting of the Association of Academic Psychiatry, an organization that was near and dear to Kevin.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Maureen Mickus on 22nd November 2014

"Dear Kevin,
You brought so much into this world and left so much behind as well.  My experience at Kalamazoo College was brightened because you were part of it.  I loved you dearly....Maureen"

This tribute was added by Richard Quint on 21st November 2014

"Every time I enter the Joint Medical Program offices I am reminded that were it not for Kevin, I wouldn't be so involved with this treasure of medical education. His contributions vividly are reinforced every time a student stands up to teach her/his peers, asks a question, or draws insights from the learning process Kevin introduced and now is being imitated all around the country."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Kittle on 21st November 2014

"To my truly remarkable and unforgettable friend.  Saying a special prayer for you on your birthday.  Miss you."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 21st November 2014

"Yes, sweet Kevin, another year has passed, and this is the 4th year we will not be able to celebrate our November birthdays together like we used to do.  Although somehow you and I are always communing, and we celebrate joyfully together in spirit, if not in flesh.  I think of you every day and love you still.   oxoxoxo"

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 21st November 2014

"Thinking of you as I often do dear nephew, but today was your special day. I recall how you always remembered everyone's bday. I miss your contagious happiness you had for everyone. You are so missed."

This tribute was added by Louai Bilal on 17th October 2014

"Hi Kevin,
Nora Volkow gave an awesome grand rounds in the department this week. I attended it from home sitting on my favorite couch, using My access remote system. It's a wonderful innovation that was once on our wish lists as teachers.
Louai"

This tribute was added by Paula Di Rita Wishart on 16th July 2014

"It's been 3 years, Kevin, and I am still learning lessons from how you lived your life.  You are so missed in this world."

This tribute was added by Stephen Martin on 16th July 2014

"Kevin, very much miss your presence in this world and in the work of health. From someone who knew you too short a time."

This tribute was added by Sandie Harrington on 16th July 2014

"The world felt safer to me when you were in it. Missing you, thanking you for your friend Amin."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Kittle on 15th July 2014

"I pray for you often, Kevin, and I get so much comfort knowing that you are praying also for all of us!  You have been gone for three years now, but you are present always in our hearts.  You have given us a deeper understanding of what it means to love and that is quite a legacy."

This tribute was added by Melanie Thomas on 14th July 2014

"Wishing you were here as always.  I miss your incredible combination of wisdom and humor.  
You sure are missed and loved around here, you know..."

This tribute was added by Maureen Mickus on 14th July 2014

"Thinking of Kevin will always generate a sense of joy and gratitude for me.  Kevin was a unique person and a true friend.  My life was much richer for having him as part of it.  I miss him and wish his family peace.  He was a gift to all of us."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 14th July 2014

"Three years already...how can that be?  Kevin, your spirit is so close, you are always with us!  I talk to you at the garden ("Kevin's Corner") at SFGH... and Aki and I now text each other, keeping you with us! Gone but not forgotten...never were there truer words!"

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 14th July 2014

"There's not a week that goes by my dear nephew that I don't think of you, hear your voice talk to me about something, or actually see your smiling face just appear before me. Keeping you close is a comfort I cherish.That may be likely because I pray for you and I pray to you every week as well.  Will always miss you here with us my sweet soul."

This tribute was added by Robert Buckley on 4th December 2013

"Dear Kevin, I think of you all the time. Thank you for showing us a better way to live.  I think you were somehow able to hold all your friends in your mind at the same time, in a sort of virtual theater, where you would imagine what would be interesting and delightful meetings and doings of each individual friend...and when a delightful possibility occurred to you, you would then call that person at 10 o'clock on a Saturday and tell them your wonderful thought.  Thank you for that. I don't believe I'll ever have the energy and selflessness to do that, but it's a goal to strive toward.  Say Hi to God for me."

This tribute was added by Ron Gostek on 3rd December 2013

"Saw Kathy and VIc in Ann Arbor back in September and we reminisced about our relationships with you and the some of the visits we had over the years.  You are missed.  In my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Anne Critchley on 22nd November 2013

"Still think of you often, you were so loved and admired, a true shining star. If you meet Jo give her one of your big comforting hugs and lots of love, miss you both......Anne xxx"

This tribute was added by Melanie Thomas on 21st November 2013

"Hi dearest, thinking of you today and every day. Thanks for all of it, this world sure was brighter while you were in it.  Just read Sara Hartley's tribute from 7/17/11 and agree wholeheartedly.  It still seems a bit unclear what we are to do without you..."

This tribute was added by Alkira Mahapaiboon on 21st November 2013

"Happy Birthday Kevin. I still remember your smile, your encouraging words and your warm hugs.  Love"

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 21st November 2013

"yes, you are forever and always alive with us Kevin dear! We miss you like crazy!!!!"

This tribute was added by Cathy Campbell on 21st November 2013

"Happy birthday Kevin. Remembering your smile, your laugh and your hugs, with all of our love. We miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 20th November 2013

"Happy birthday eve, sweet angel Kevin!  You continue to light my way and make me smile.  Aki is growing up and she is so like you!!  Smart and funny and just a little naughty now and then!!!  We all miss you so!!!
xoxo"

This tribute was added by Maureen Mickus on 10th September 2013

"Kevin, you were an amazing person and I think about you so very often.  You gave joy, hope and provided inspiration to countless people in this world.  Thank you for being part of mine."

This tribute was added by Candace Thompson on 23rd July 2013

"As I travel through Cambodia, I can't help but imagine you here drawing in the lovely people with your smile and shining attention. I carry you with me and strive to be as good in the world as you. So grateful for having known you. It's clear from these tributes that I am part of a healing web of people who loved you too...love you still."

This tribute was added by Sandie Harrington on 14th July 2013

"Kevin, I have just looked at the many pictures of your life on this site, and you are so alive in every photo. Your energy is so bright and your presence so real that I can't believe you are gone. It's only my tears that make me believe it. I miss you with so much of my energy, and can only imagine the heart-wrenching loss your family feels. I know you're listening: you always did. xxoo"

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 14th July 2013

"My beloved nephew, I wonder if you truly realize how many lives you have touched? Do you know that people here still painfully miss you?  As difficult as the loss of your presence has been these last two years -- of you sharing your wisdoms and stories and joyful laughter, always so full of life & exuding love-- you will 4ever remain alive in our hearts. Miss u like crazy...xx Auntie"

This tribute was added by Joanna Mandell on 14th July 2013

"We are hoping that you are resting in peace.  I feel so happy that Greg got to meet you.  We wish we could spend even one more joyous night with you, like at fumi and rohan's wedding.  still think of you, all the time."

This tribute was added by Melanie Thomas on 24th June 2013

"Kevin-  Not sure why especially today, but sitting at my dining room table and missing you. You said so many funny, wise, and profound things to me as my mentor and friend and I am forever thankful.  But, honestly today I don't feel thankful as much as totally and completely sad that you're not here to go get a hot dog together."

This tribute was added by Stephen Martin on 6th May 2013

"I have just been shocked to learn of the loss of Kevin. He mentored and taught me deep insights when I was a medical student at Harvard. He cared as innately as anyone about training doctors learning how to understand each other and their patients, about their supporting those feeling low, and about their care for the work. His love for Naoki was clear. I miss you, Kevin. Love and peace."

This tribute was added by Jen Kerns on 24th April 2013

"Thought of you today, on this random Wednesday in April...  your warmth and generosity of spirit.  I miss the random days of running into you at SFGH and gleaning a bit of that warmth.  You are forever remembered, Kevin Mack."

This tribute was added by Suzan Freibert on 2nd February 2013

"Kevin, I think about you so often.  You remain such a presence in my life and I am so blessed to have known you and called you my friend.  You are missed."

This tribute was added by Deb Logan on 2nd February 2013

"We were talking about Kevin on Ward 93 yesterday, remembering his motto of always assuming best intent from our collegues. His presence is still very evident in our hearts every day. His tree in the garden has the beginning of buds again."

This tribute was added by christy mcdonald on 2nd February 2013

"Miss you everyday sweet Kevin."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 1st February 2013

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you...with love, laughter, longing...xo"

This tribute was added by Christian Burke on 27th November 2012

"missing you Kevin.  thinking of you often.  wish we could walk and laugh"

This tribute was added by Victor DiRita on 23rd November 2012

"kevin, on your birthday we remember what a beautiful person you were.  yes,  your spirit will always be with us, but damned if we don't just really miss the rest of you."

This tribute was added by Paula Di Rita Wishart on 23rd November 2012

"Still miss you, Kevin.  And still feel blessed having known you."

This tribute was added by Claire Brekhus on 22nd November 2012

"Happy Birthday, Dear Kevin!  So much has changed, but you've continued to hold our hands through all of it.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Suzan Freibert on 22nd November 2012

"Just thinking of you today on your birthday :)  I am such a fortunate person to have known you my friend.  What a blessing :)"

This tribute was added by Jason Bermak on 21st November 2012

"Kevin -
We greatly missed seeing you and your lovely children come by our pad at Halloween last month and I am still learning from you how fragile life can be and how important it is to live it, not to let it slip by."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Lo on 21st November 2012

"Remembering you always.  In my pursuit of a career in Education, no matter how slow the journey, your inspiration helps to constantly encourage me. Forever thankful and missing you very much."

This tribute was added by cheri carey on 21st November 2012

"I so miss you my friend.  I hope that you and Nona are discussing all that is Italia up there in heaven.  I still remember your wonderful smile, your kind heart, and your naughty sense of humor."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Kittle on 21st November 2012

"Practically no day goes by that I'm not thinking of you and remembering some amazingly fun thing we did together or some amazingly intense conversation we had about the multitude of topics that one could so easily discuss with you. I am particularly missing today your smile, wisdom, and compassion.  You live on in my heart and we'll meet again. Blessings to your family."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 21st November 2012

"My beloved nephew....miss you like crazy but you are still so alive in my thoughts and in my heart. I very much enjoyed remembering your birthday today, so happy birthday my dear Kevin as you live on in all of us and continue to inspire us to be better human beings down here on earth.  Yep, you really do! You left an amazing indelible mark on so many people!"

This tribute was added by Danielle Chammas on 21st November 2012

"Thanks for continuing to inspire me to smile and to love and to laugh and to care... I'll hold that gift forever!"

This tribute was added by Anne Critchley on 21st November 2012

"So sad you are gone, still think of you often, miss Kitty's stories about the kids, miss Kitty too...... God Bless you, Love Anne xxx"

This tribute was added by Sherri Franklin on 21st November 2012

"Thinking of Kevin today, miss you Kevin, your smile, your pure joy whenever you came to visit me. No one like you, the world lost a great person, an original. My love to your family during the holidays."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 21st November 2012

"Happy Birthday, sweet Kevin!  Wish we could celebrate our November birthdays together like we used to.  The Japanese maple tree we planted for you at SFGH changes with the seasons, and makes it real that we've been without you for all these months now.  It's also a place I go to talk to you every day, finding there your wisdom and your strength.  Loving you always..."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Epley on 21st November 2012

"Continue to think of you Kevin and what a wonderful guy you are. Your memory is fresh, you left a lasting impression on the world."

This tribute was added by Jason Bermak on 28th July 2012

"Kevin - I still think of you, your extraordinarily caring and supportive nature, and the pearls you taught me as a resident.  I miss you, my friend.  Our field misses you even more dearly.  But, your influence continues to impact me and many, many others in this world.  I thank you for that, Kevin, for your selfless generosity of wisdom!!"

This tribute was added by Suzan Freibert on 16th July 2012

"You touched so many lives and taught us all so many wonderful lessons about life and death.   I can't believe it had been a year since you left us.  You are dearly missed but never far from us."

This tribute was added by Robert Buckley on 14th July 2012

"My God, has it really only been a year?  It seems so much longer since I've seen you, my friend.  But my memory of your laughter and the brilliant glow of your caring heart is as bright as ever."

This tribute was added by Demian Rose on 14th July 2012

"Just a few days ago I found myself looking forward to an upcoming conference, thinking how I would get to share some time with you...then I (again) realized you were gone.  I think I will be missing you for some time to come, Kevin."

This tribute was added by Susan Scheidt on 14th July 2012

"I've been counting down to this day for weeks now, heart heavy with the sadness of losing dear Kevin, but still full with all of the joyful memories he left behind.  He continues to teach us lessons in his death as he did with his life.  Viewing his photos yet again brings back the intense yet gentle way he lived each moment and reminds me to do the same... I love you and miss you, Kevin"

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 14th July 2012

"Dear nephew, one year ago u went on to reap the rewards of a short life well-lived.I miss u so Kev. We all miss u so. In my minds-eye I always picture u with that big beautiful smile on your face, and I know u are happy where u are.Our family has lost so much when u were taken from us-- the knowledge, love, caring+joy u gave our family is gone, but u will always be close in our hearts Love"

This tribute was added by cheri carey on 14th July 2012

"A year has passed and I still can't believe Kevin is gone.  I think of him often - his great smile - his naughty glint in his eye - his kindness - his intelligence - his humanity -  miss you forever my friend!"

This tribute was added by Suzanne Kendall on 13th July 2012

"It's been almost a year since Kevin passed, and his desk (that is behind me as I type this) remains empty. He sat in this office and he was always smiling, always friendly, and always genuinely interested in you as a person. His humble, but confident nature put everyone at ease. 7M8 misses him terribly still."

This tribute was added by Valerie Gruber on 1st July 2012

"Approaching a year from the sad day we lost you, Kevin, I still think of you daily, especially when I am preparing to teach. Among other things, you encouraged me to make the most of whatever is, however much or little I have been able to prepare, whatever the students' level of interest, to go for it with enthusiasm and interest in each student. Thank you Kevin, and I miss you."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 22nd April 2012

"There was a wonderful article in "New Diagnosis" a publication published by the Physicians Organizaing Committee, Winter 2012.  I'll try to find a way to attach it somewhere on this website.  I sent it to my family and friends who either knew Kevin or supported me (and still do) through my unending grief over his tragic loss.  I want to post two of the many responses....continued..."

This tribute was added by Peg Davenport on 28th January 2012

"Silence of platitudes.
You were the one and only.
Tanned feet.
Get toothbrushes.
Say hi to Karen.

Aloha."

This tribute was added by Louai Bilal on 30th December 2011

"Dear Kevin
Here is to you on this holiday season
Missing you much
Happy New Year my friend
Louai"

This tribute was added by Daniel Pardy on 28th December 2011

"I only heard a week ago about Kevin's untimely death, an am still coming to grips with it all.  Kevin was my best from from High School, and has always had a special place in my heart.  We never lost touch over the years and I have always cherished our Birthday calls and Holiday cards.  Reading the tributes only confirm the amazing person I knew Kevin to be, he will be forever remebered."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 25th December 2011

"Dearest Kevin: God Bless your sweet, loving soul--on Christmas and always! I miss you so. Aunt Laurie & Uncle Dick"

This tribute was added by cheri carey on 24th December 2011

"Tomorrow will be the first Christmas in a very long time that Kevin won't call to sing Happy Birthday to me.  I'm sure going to miss that.  I'm also missing the complete joy he found in Christmas - you couldn't help but get into the spirit when you were around him this time of year!  Love you my friend - and always will!"

This tribute was added by Ron Gostek on 23rd December 2011

""PEACE."

How appropriate.  Blessed are the Peacemakers, and blessed was (is) Kevin.  Merry Christmas, Kevin.  Put in a good word in for the rest of us still moseying around down here on the big blue marble.   Taking a sentimental journey and recalling Christmas Eve, 1975..."

This tribute was added by Tami R on 22nd November 2011

"Happy belated birthday Kevin. You are still terribly missed"

This tribute was added by Claire Brekhus on 22nd November 2011

"Happy Birthday, Kevin, my inspiration!  You live on in so many hearts.  I love you, Claire xoxox"

This tribute was added by Selma Raza on 21st November 2011

"Happy Birthday Kevin!
May peace and love be with you where you are ... Looking upon all the people who remember you and miss you.
Blessings"

This tribute was added by Susan Brekhus on 21st November 2011

"On your birthday, I visited with you today, my lovie.  I brought you sunflowers and spent time with you...as I was leaving, I noticed the hill side behind you and sunflowers were blooming in it!  I know it was your way of letting me know that you are at peace and will always be with me....I cherish you so much!  My love, Susan XXXXXXX"

This tribute was added by Victor DiRita on 21st November 2011

"Kevin,  your remarkable spirit, incredible sense of humor and unabashed joy for life are the memories of you that leave me feeling profound happiness and sadness at the same time today.   You always had a way of teaching us to see life through its entire spectrum, and you are still doing that.   Love, Vic"

This tribute was added by Andrea Crowley on 21st November 2011

"Happy Birthday Kevin.  I'm glad we celebrated in PES last year, so you could know how much we all love you.  We had a junk food feast in your honor last week, I made Rice Krispies.  I still have dreams about you, in the last one you were critiquing someone's shoes.  I miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Susan Brekhus on 21st November 2011

"Happy Birthday, my Wonderful friend! I miss you so very much, but you have given me the gift of holding your beautiful smile and love in my heart. I speak with you often during times of trouble, and you are there for me, as always.  I hope you are celebrating with an abundance of Krispy Kreme Donuts in Heaven!  I love you, Susan XXXXXXX"

This tribute was added by Kathleen Kittle on 21st November 2011

"We miss you, Kevin.  A Mass is being said today at St. Agnes in your memory and to celebrate the day you were born--and a candle is being lit for you here in Ann Arbor. You were a dear friend and you had such an impact on our lives.  You live on in all of us and in your beautiful children.  Our love and heartfelt prayers to Naoki, Aki, Nobu, Kim and Michael. - Vic & Kathy"

This tribute was added by christy mcdonald on 21st November 2011

"Happy Birthday sweet Kev. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Paula Di Rita Wishart on 21st November 2011

"Remembering you on your birthday Kevin and sad for all I missed when your shining face and happy voice would have been there to greet my wishes.  Really thinking of your lovely children and husband most and how much they must miss your gentle presence every day."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 21st November 2011

"My beloved nephew.. I have an aching heart missing you terribly.  My call to you today would be a bday song of love & joy reminding you again what a darling you were the day you born until you peed on me.We would laugh. We loved remembering each others' November birthdays. This year Aki and Nobu sang me the bday song so beautifully...you would be so proud of them.  bday love in Heaven Kev!"

This tribute was added by Kit Leaning on 20th September 2011

"Dearest Kevin. I miss you terribly. I miss your laugh and your voice. I miss your company. I miss your counsel. I miss knowing that we are together in the world, loving our families and doing our work. Life feels heavy. But I feel your grace, and your love, every day, with me."

This tribute was added by Alan Teo on 16th August 2011

"I'd like to think of Kevin as having been a close friend, but then again that was one of his many talents: making you feel like the most special person in the world.  Thank you for showing me how to live a better, happier, more passionate life."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 12th August 2011

"1 mo. ur gone dear nephew, the silence is deafening. The face we loved to look at...the voice we enjoyed hearing...the mind we so admired...the character we so respected... gone forever. It's still painful to accept. We all miss you so."

This tribute was added by laurine marrocco on 12th August 2011

"It broke our hearts to lose u,u didn’t go alone.Part of us went w/u, the day God called u home.
U left us peaceful memories, ur love is still our guide,Though we cannot see u, ur always at our side.Our family chain is broken,nothing seems the same,As God calls us 1 by 1,the chain will link again"

This tribute was added by Fareed Asfour on 8th August 2011

"It was such a blessing to have known Kevin. From the day he showed up at my desk in Geneva, to our gatherings with his lovely family, and even through death, he continues to touch our hearts."

This tribute was added by Judy Klickstein on 29th July 2011

"To Kevin - one of the most genuine, caring people I have known. Your ability to see the best in all- your infectious smile and zest for life are sorely missed. You have left a hole in my heart, but I am so grateful for having known you and having been part of your world."

This tribute was added by Maria Castro on 27th July 2011

"My thoughts are w/the Family, to his children & husband(Naoki-Aki-Nobu),friends & everyone who came to know & care for Kevin...I extend to you my deepest sympathy & I will always remembered Kevin's cheery smile & encouraging spirit of every morning @ "The Psychosocial Med Clinic""

This tribute was added by Sharon Elliott on 27th July 2011

"Ah, Kevin, I just found out today and you will be sorely missed.  The one person at the JMP who could always be counted on for a wide grin and infectious excitement about technology.  You were a rare jewel.  I'm so grateful for your presence in my life."

This tribute was added by Liz Barnert on 25th July 2011

"Thank you Kevin for touching our lives with your passion, creativity, wisdom, and joy.  You have been a blessing in my life.  I send healing wishes to your your beloved family and to the entire community of people who love you."

This tribute was added by Ron Karasic on 24th July 2011

"My brother DAN said that your one of the good ones, and that you touched so many people in such a good way. "IT IS SAID THAT A PERSON IS NEVER TRUELY GONE AS LONG AS THIER MEMORY LIVES ON." MAY THE MEMORY OF YOUR LIFE LIVE ON IN THE HEARTS OF THE ONES YOU LOVED, AND WHO LOVE YOU."

This tribute was added by Jason Satterfield on 24th July 2011

"Exuberance, light, energy, humor, laughter, smiles, intensity, joy, presence, passion, mentorship, and deep appreciation are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Kevin.  What a role model and a blessing to have known him.  Thank you and Godspeed!"

This tribute was added by Ellen Haller on 23rd July 2011

"I am stunned at this massive loss but also feel so deeply lucky to have known this giant of a man.  Kevin was a gifted individual with a huge heart, warm spirit, and bodacious laugh.  I learned so much for him as a colleague and will miss him every day.  Hugs to you, dear Kevin."

This tribute was added by Liza Cameron on 22nd July 2011

"I will forever remember Kevin's smile,  kindness,  and the laughs shared with him.  He was a wonderful man who will be deeply missed.  I am grateful for having the privilege to have known him."

This tribute was added by Frances Harvey on 22nd July 2011

"When I think of Kevin I think of him with that mischievous twinkle in his eye, calling everyone "Love" and giving the BEST hugs, finding 36 hours in every 24 hour day and seeming to spend at least 35 of them caring for everyone around him.  Godspeed, Kevin."

This tribute was added by Mireya Lopez on 21st July 2011

"Indeed, a simple man with kindness in his heart. A doctor, a teacher, a friend, a spouse, but most importantly, a devoted father with a great love and tenderness for his children. With deepest sympathy I extend my condcondolences to his family, patner, and children. MEL-SFGH"

This tribute was added by Chad Belicena on 21st July 2011

"I remember Kevin, Dr. Mack, and that smile on his face whenever I would see him walking down the hallways of SF General. Kevin never forgets a face despite time apart, a wonderful mentor to his colleagues and a great friend to nursing. My heartfelt condolences to his family."

This tribute was added by Lisa Torre-Igwe on 21st July 2011

"Sloppy Joes-Who eats those?

I met Kevin at a lunchtime meeting at Ward 93. He brought sloppy Joe's and chips for everyone at the meeting. Sloppy Joe's, who eats those? Turns out we all did."

This tribute was added by Demian Rose on 21st July 2011

"Kevin was one of those rare individuals who inspired just by his presence.  Through some nuanced combination of the way he talked, the way he emoted, and the way he moved about and among others, he would always manage to make me feel excited and comfortable at the same time."

This tribute was added by Jason Bermak on 21st July 2011

"Some of Kevin's pearls of wisdom in the assessment of patients I carry to this day in full awareness of who taught them to me. As teacher, he nourished confidence in his students, a notably rare quality! He was pure joy embodied & magnetic to his world. There is no replacing him."

This tribute was added by Beverly McGehee on 21st July 2011

"I will always remember Kevin’s warm, kind, and encouraging spirit.  He never hesitated to share his gifts with us and it was truly our great blessing to receive these gifts.  He was a bright and shining star and his memory will forever remain in our hearts.  Love and peace always"

This tribute was added by Alkira Mahapaiboon on 21st July 2011

"For almost 5 years that I have known Kevin, never once his face lacked of his warm smile. He was truly an amazingly sweet, nice and kind person. Aki & Nobu: I remember how excited Kevin & Naoki were to have you two beautiful children. Your dad was loved and will always be."

This tribute was added by Tara H on 21st July 2011

"Kevin had just come to work with us at Global Health Sciences a few weeks earlier. I liked him a lot and was very glad he would be joining us. We only had a few brief conversations, but I knew that he was a very bright, funny, charming person. This is incredibly tragic and sad."

This tribute was added by Paula Di Rita Wishart on 20th July 2011

"Kevin was beautiful and loving and always present with whomever was lucky enough to be with him.   I have not seen him in a long time but will miss him like he was with me every day.  He was just that lovely and has left that kind of echo in this world."

This tribute was added by Allan Milham on 20th July 2011

"From the days as roommates at Kalamazoo College to meeting his adorable children a couple of years ago in San Francisco, Kevins infectious smile never waned. Some of us lead with our minds and some of us lead with our hearts - Kevin had the unigue gift of leading with both."

This tribute was added by Tony Femminineo on 20th July 2011

"Though I hadn't seen Kevin since college, I'll never forget his smile and infectious enthusiasm. If all in the medical professions could have a tenth of his compassion- we would see many more miracles. God Bless you and your family Kevin!"

This tribute was added by Dharushana Muthulingam on 20th July 2011

""And what are the stars that burn in your sky?" he asked, his own face beaming. Kevin was so effortlessly himself, he gave us the light to find ourselves. A teacher and healer in the deepest sense, he inspires us to love joyously. Blessings to his beautiful family and much peace."

This tribute was added by Ron Gostek on 20th July 2011

"I last saw Kevin in Chicago.  He met my wife, Beth, for the 1st time & as you’d guess, he spent our brief time together making her feel like the most important person in the world!  That is how I will remember Kevin: kind, considerate, attentive, & bursting with joy and enthusiasm.  Love, always."

This tribute was added by Jerry Kowalski on 20th July 2011

"Kevin and I met in high school and although many years and miles have passed, he is one of those special people that you meet in your life that has goodness at his core. My life is better for having known Kevin, the world is poorer for having lost him."

This tribute was added by Douglas Bennett on 20th July 2011

"Dr. Mack, my high school biology teacher.  You have been an inspiration to me since the first day of your class back in 1986.  I have thought of your lessons of life over the years and will always remember your passion and genuine concern for your students and friends."

This tribute was added by Elana Shpall on 20th July 2011

"Kevin saw what was great in each one of us, made us feel unique and important, and then thanked us for it.

May what he saw in us live on and remind us of him.  And may we value others as he so openly valued us."

This tribute was added by Rebecca (Gordon) Lubitz on 19th July 2011

"Kevin, I remember your warmth and smile, and your passion for all things that mattered.  I was a JMp-er in the last year of the old curriculum, and was always impressed by your enthusiasm for making even good stuff way way better!  Much love to your family ..."

This tribute was added by Marc Darrow on 19th July 2011

"Kevin: You are a dear friend to all. Kind and loving. You have enriched my life and all who were blessed to know you. Even your transition is an inspiration as a life lived fully, and on purpose to serve. Your energy survives with us."

This tribute was added by Molly Lindberg on 19th July 2011

"Kevin and I met in high school.  I loved him instantly as everyone did.  When you were with Kevin, you felt emotionally safe.  This is because he loved unconditionally.  Eventually, geography separated us, but he never forgot to call me every year on my birthday.  He was an angel in our midst."

This tribute was added by Carol Sheehan on 19th July 2011

"I am so sad to hear about Kevin's passing. I met Kevin when he was in his residency at The Cambridge Hospital. I was a Nurse working night shifts and he would come around to visit Pediatrics with that huge smile of his. He never failed to bring his smile even at 4am."

This tribute was added by Kathleen Kittle on 19th July 2011

"Kevin was the most Christ-like person I have ever met: his goodness, compassion, humbleness, joy, love, warmth, genuineness coupled with his amazing sense of humor and love for life impacted everyone who was blessed to know him. You will forever be in my heart, my friend."

This tribute was added by Joan Anzia on 19th July 2011

"I first met Kevin through AAP (Association for Academic Psychiatry), and from the start, I loved his wicked sense of humor, the breadth and depth of his intellect, and his warm compassion - what a remarkable and joyful human being! And what a full life he lived."

This tribute was added by SHelli Rawlings-Fein on 19th July 2011

"Naoki, Aki, and Nobu - our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Kevin was such a great and loving dad. We'd be so honored to help in any way. Please feel free to email me at shellimf@yahoo.com ."

This tribute was added by Tina Brock on 19th July 2011

"In tribute to the impact of his friendship on my life, I will strive to keep Kevin's candle glowing by demonstrating the joy and caring for all that he embodied... every day."

This tribute was added by Sarah Cipriano on 19th July 2011

"Kevin was a great source of inspiration both professionally and personally.  To me, he was the heart of the JMP.  I remain grateful.  Always."

This tribute was added by Trey Lathe on 19th July 2011

"We will forever miss such a sweet soul and wonderful friend to us and our children. He always had a sweet word and a joyous smile. We will miss our dinners with you, our protests with you and our talks. We cherish our memories of a such a sweet man."

This tribute was added by Usha Ranji on 19th July 2011

"We met Kevin through Arpana and recently when he and Naoki graciously hosted Arpana and Rajiv's sendoff party.  Kevin always had a big, bright smile.  We are heartbroken. Sending warmest wishes to Naoki and family for strength, and with time, peace.  Usha and Sumant Ranji."

This tribute was added by Maya Petersen on 19th July 2011

"I remember half an hour I spent in your office when I was a medical student and my dear friend was gravely ill. Your insights helped me immeasurably through that time, and gave me a deeper understanding of myself and my loved ones. Thank you for all you gave to us all."

This tribute was added by Eric Woodard on 19th July 2011

"Kevin was seldom without a smile, and never without a kind word.  He was a role model for so many people in every aspect of his life.  Everyone who knew him reaped the benefit of his light, compassion, intellect, humor and boundless energy."

This tribute was added by Robert Buckley on 19th July 2011

"Kevin, unique of all the people I've met, had the gift of encountering each new person whole-heartedly, as if each person were a marvelous new world to explore. And, having found each new world, he set out to offer gifts and improvements, like a kindly Santa (or saint)."

This tribute was added by Stephanie Tillery on 19th July 2011

"Kevin was one of my dearest friends, as I'm sure it's the same for many others. He had a gentle and kind spirit, a wonderful sense of humor, and was brilliant. I will miss him so very much, as will my children."

This tribute was added by Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez on 19th July 2011

"Missing his sweet smile, wicked sense of humor and teasing French when signing out. Kevin's energy and sense of purpouse seemed always driven by a sense of service. I won't forget your love and light."

This tribute was added by Kent Olson on 19th July 2011

"A brilliant, humble, joyful, and always-inspiring colleague and a dear friend. We will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Lynn Dolce on 19th July 2011

"Kevin's amazing smile spread joy and light in SFGH hallways and elevators. I will miss him rounding the corners, passing me by with his contagious smile. His goodness & humanity will simply be missed in our community. My prayers and loving thoughts are with his beautiful family."

This tribute was added by donovan bingham on 19th July 2011

"Kevin you gave so much and always from the heart. You were brilliant and humane, a rare combination. I always enjoyed my talks with you or watching you with the kids. I cried as I heard of your passing en route to a home visit.  Your family is beautiful and you are loved."

This tribute was added by Bridget O'Brien on 19th July 2011

"Every so often you meet someone who truly makes the world a better place. Kevin was one of those very rare people. I share the pain of all who had the great fortune to know him and I feel great sadness for those who did not have the chance to know him."

This tribute was added by Sherri Franklin on 18th July 2011

"Dearest Naoki, Acki and Nobu, I can't imagine how you must be feeling, because the loss I feel is so great.
Kevin was a huge light in this world. A true and genuine star, I miss him so much it hurts. He was compassion, joyousness, pure love, my heart goes out to you."

This tribute was added by Fay Molina-Sagon on 18th July 2011

"Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you! We were blessed to know Kevin. He touched us all. His memory and legacy will live on, as will his memory. Few can be called "truly good", but Kevin can! God bless you, his family. Fay,Milt Sagon, Kelli Buenconsejo from Hawaii. Aloha!"

This tribute was added by Louai Bilal on 18th July 2011

"Dear Kevin
You were a wonderful person and a fantastic educator. One of a kind.
I feel honored to have known you and promise to teach others what you taught me."

This tribute was added by Lis Powelson on 18th July 2011

"Kevin has touched so many of us he was an amazing friend, mentor and person.  I know that he has taught me so much about how to be a caring and compassionate doctor and that through students like us he will go on to touch people's lives eternally."

This tribute was added by Selma Raza on 18th July 2011

"Dearest Kevin,
You'll be forever missed by all people you inspired and helped and you'll be always remembered by your genuine smile that lit up the rooms and lift up the spirits."

This tribute was added by Jessica Schumer on 18th July 2011

"I remember him as the friendliest shuttle passenger I had ever come across.  He would always brighten my day as the sun was coming up on our drive over to The General.  We never exchanged names, but somehow he remembered me.  His genuine joy and brightness will surely be missed."

This tribute was added by Arianne Teherani on 18th July 2011

"In life I have seen the good and bad in all I have met. In Kevin, I only ever saw the good."

This tribute was added by Robert Okin on 18th July 2011

"What a terrible loss for all of those who lives Kevin touched.  He was my dear friend, my colleague, and a source of inspiration.  He did in his teaching career what most of us could only imagine.  He showed, not just taught, what it was to be a humanistic doctor."

This tribute was added by Wendy Rogers on 18th July 2011

"You were more than my colleague, you were my friend.  I will cherish the memories you helped create.  I will embrace the love you always shared.  But, most important, I will remember you and help others remember too.  Much light and peace come to you."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Lo on 18th July 2011

"I am forever touched by Kevin's remarkable way of teaching. Will always remember "Fish is Fish" by Leo Lionni as part of his Grand Rounds, and the teacup/saucer diagram he used to explain e-Value to me. Memories of his way of simply "being Kevin" will be cherished and celebrated."

This tribute was added by Iljie Fitzgerald on 18th July 2011

"Kevin was an amazing teacher, physician, role model, and friend. I will miss his joie de vivre, his kindness, and his rare gift of inspiring so many of his students; I feel very, very lucky to have been one of them."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Epley on 17th July 2011

"I will not forget you Kevin, the way you used to come to 6:00pm Mass at St Agnes, always with that smile. Words do not do well here and now, just know I have said many prayers for your soul and for the peace of the souls of your beautiful family."

This tribute was added by Jon Singer on 17th July 2011

"Kevin was an inspiration to me. He started out as a teacher and quickly became my friend. I learned so much about medicine, education, and life from him. He embodied positive energy, enthusiasm, and caring. I am a far better person for having known him."

This tribute was added by Richard Quint on 17th July 2011

"We have lost such a rare person, one who always saw the best in people; whose teaching artistry was a privilege to witness; whose love of life was infectious; and whose compassion as a physician and human being was boundless. May we all try to emulate his spirit."

This tribute was added by Sunita Puri on 17th July 2011

"Kevin was a model person and physician. Love, graciousness, and deep compassion motivated everything that he did. I am blessed to have known him, and am thankful to him for touching so many lives, including mine. May you always know joy and love, Kevin."

This tribute was added by Darcy Wooten on 17th July 2011

"Kevin was one of the most pivotal people in my medical career.  No matter the situation, Kevin always brightened my day with a smile and a hug. He was a compassionate physician and a loving father and spouse. But most of all, he was a teacher to the end."

This tribute was added by Joanna Mandell on 17th July 2011

"Kevin made us the doctors we are today. He taught us not what to learn but how to learn it. He imbued in us a spirit of collective inquiry and a dedication to lifelong teaching and learning. I will miss his bright smile, passionate mind, and the joy with which he embraced life."

This tribute was added by Divy Ravindranath on 17th July 2011

"Kevin was my teacher, mentor, and friend. He showed how to live life to the fullest in his every word and action with compassion and courage.  He will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by Sara Hartley on 17th July 2011

"Kevin entered joyously.
He left a religious calling that did not fit to create his own calling at the JMP -
with all the virtues of a holy man.
He modeled open-heartedness and dedication with unbridled enthusiasm.
With lightness, he moved mountains.
What will we do without him ?"

This tribute was added by Brian Combs on 16th July 2011

"As each Day passes we never know what life will bring us. Their is a higher power that we can not control. We were given Kevin for 52 years he has touched so many and has given so much. The Angels may have claimed him but he has left 2 angels to grow with his loving partner."


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