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 ( 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  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.

Posted by Sherri Franklin on July 18, 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.
Posted by Sara Hartley on July 17, 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 ?
Posted by Divy Ravindranath on July 17, 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.
Posted by Joanna Mandell on July 17, 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.
Posted by Darcy Wooten on July 17, 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.
Posted by Sunita Puri on July 17, 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.
Posted by Richard Quint on July 17, 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.
Posted by Jon Singer on July 17, 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.
Posted by Kenneth Epley on July 17, 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.
Posted by Brian Combs on July 16, 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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Posted by Sandie Harrington on November 21, 2020
Happy Kevin Day, dear friend. xxoo
Posted by Cathy Campbell on November 21, 2020
Dear Kevin. I think of you on your birthday every year, since it is the day after Bruce's. I hope you met my nephew in heaven when he came earlier this year. We miss you so much. We LOVE you. Thanks for watching over us.
Posted by laurine marrocco on November 21, 2020
Remembering you on your birthday sweet nephew. My heart still aches with sadness from losing you. I’m celebrating “you” and your amazing 52 years of life on earth today on this side of Heaven, Kevin Allen Mack I know you and our loved ones with you are celebrating too. You are a special soul and our Angel! Happy heavenly birthday!
Recent stories

Loving you still!

Shared by Susan Scheidt on July 18, 2019

Kevin, your light continues to shine In so many lives! I am grateful for the time we had on this earth together. You indeed will be forever missed...

Shared by Robert Buckley on July 17, 2019

Eight years now.  Hard to believe.  Kevin, I remember you so clearly, your compassion and your eagerness to learn and teach.  Haven't seen Naoki or the kids in a long time, but I remember them fondly and expect that they will all continue to grow.  

I also remember your wicked wit, and I miss that as much as your kindness.  

Two Years

Shared by Susan Scheidt on July 14, 2013

Yes, today is the two –year marker of the loss of our dear Kevin.

One of Kevin’s favorite books was “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and he lived by those four agreements: 1) Be impeccable with your word 2) Don’t take anything personally 3) Don’t make assumptions and 4) Always do your best.

He fought hard for marriage equality and would have been so heartened by the recent Supreme Court decisions.

Many of you contributed to the Japanese maple tree that we planted at San Francisco General Hospital in Kevin’s honor in the Comfort Garden in front of building 90 (immediately in front of the ramp to the right front side of the door) and to the bench in front of it. If you haven’t been by there for awhile, I urge to stop and take a look at the growth and strength of the tree in “Kevin’s Corner.” It is a living symbol of the life he shared with so many of us, and continues to be a source of inspiration and hope.