- 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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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..."
"Happy Birthday Kevin. I still remember your smile, your encouraging words and your warm hugs. Love"
"yes, you are forever and always alive with us Kevin dear! We miss you like crazy!!!!"
"Happy birthday Kevin. Remembering your smile, your laugh and your hugs, with all of our love. We miss you so much."
"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!!!
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Miss you everyday sweet Kevin."
"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you...with love, laughter, longing...xo"
"missing you Kevin. thinking of you often. wish we could walk and laugh"
"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."
"Still miss you, Kevin. And still feel blessed having known you."
"Happy Birthday, Dear Kevin! So much has changed, but you've continued to hold our hands through all of it. I love you."
"Just thinking of you today on your birthday :) I am such a fortunate person to have known you my friend. What a blessing :)"
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Thanks for continuing to inspire me to smile and to love and to laugh and to care... I'll hold that gift forever!"
"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"
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"Silence of platitudes.
You were the one and only.
Say hi to Karen.
Here is to you on this holiday season
Missing you much
Happy New Year my friend
"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."
"Dearest Kevin: God Bless your sweet, loving soul--on Christmas and always! I miss you so. Aunt Laurie & Uncle Dick"
"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!"
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..."
"Happy belated birthday Kevin. You are still terribly missed"
"Happy Birthday, Kevin, my inspiration! You live on in so many hearts. I love you, Claire xoxox"
"Happy Birthday Kevin!
May peace and love be with you where you are ... Looking upon all the people who remember you and miss you.
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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"
"Happy Birthday sweet Kev. I miss you."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
""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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 ..."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 email@example.com ."
"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."
"Kevin was a great source of inspiration both professionally and personally. To me, he was the heart of the JMP. I remain grateful. Always."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"A brilliant, humble, joyful, and always-inspiring colleague and a dear friend. We will never forget you."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
"In life I have seen the good and bad in all I have met. In Kevin, I only ever saw the good."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 ?"
"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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