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Dr. Harry M. DePan

2010-05-28T00:23:00Z Dr. Harry M. DePan Glens Falls Post-Star
May 28, 2010 12:23 am

QUEENSBURY -- Dr. Harry M. DePan, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, with his family by his


Born on July 13, 1923, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Harry E. and Madeline (McCarthy) DePan.

Dr. DePan graduated from Glens Falls High School. He is an alumnus of Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., where he received his BA degree. He received his medical education and Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College at Cornell Medical Center and New York Hospital. He completed his surgical residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn.

During the Korean War, Dr. DePan served as a member of the surgical staff of the 11th Evacuation Hospital in Korea and Japan.

In 1954, Dr. DePan opened an office of general surgery in Glens Falls, and after his retirement stayed active in the community by assisting in surgery at Glens Falls Hospital as well as volunteering with the Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation traveling to Guatemala, as well as volunteering in Somalia and Saipan.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Mary DePan in 2003, and a son, Brian DePan.

Survivors include his wife, Martha (Belisle) DePan of Glens Falls; three sons, Andrew DePan of Glenville, Dr. Harry J. and Ellen DePan of Niskayuna, and Mark T. DePan of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Madeline and Michael Lynch of Albany; six grandchildren, Brian DePan, Matthew DePan, Cara DePan, Dr. Cormac DePan, Eric DePan, and Ryan DePan; and a sister, Marie Herlihy of Glens Falls also survive him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, Glens Falls.

Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Main Street, South Glens Falls.

Family and friends are invited and may call on Friday, May 28, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Singleton-Healy Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 126 South St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.

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  1. Statiarick
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    Statiarick - May 29, 2010 10:54 pm
    Rest in peace dear friend,
    God granted you a great intellect which you chose to develop into those extraordinary talents and abilities to healed and transform and repair and extend the gift of life to many, many people that were fortunate to cross your path in their time of need. I was fortunate to know you in friendship and you were always the healer, the Doctor.
    Ever the single minded demanding perfectionist you saw everything to an amazing level detail. Over the many decades of your full life untold great things happened under the demands of the Dr. Mack command and control system. I had the opportunity to assist you with a few routine home front missions and everything was always done under your specifications. It was good to make the cut be called back on more than one mission. The inattentive under your command were but snowflakes in the Caribbean sun.
    With your passing another of the greatest generation with that can do, get it done mindset leaves this world but we who knew you will always remember you and we are better for having shared some of life with a man so full of purpose, integrity, generosity, grace and life as you.
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    Lorraine Troy - May 29, 2010 9:12 am
    My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Proud Nurse accurately described the Dr. DePan I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with. A more competent, brilliant, compassionate surgeon is yet to grace this earth. May memories of the happy times you shared help to bring peace to your aching hearts.

    Lorraine Troy
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    A Proud Nurse - May 28, 2010 12:23 pm
    Dr. DePan- How hollow are these halls without you flying through them... with labcoat askew and hair unkempt..old scuffed shoes spotted with dried blood,silent badges of lives touched by your skilled hands... hands gnarled from time and years of countless scrubbings... hands never too busy for a reassuring touch for a frightened soul...a face weary and creased from too many sleepless nights...eyes that could flash with intolerance at delays...or eyes that could sparkle with many meals eaten 'on the fly' as you swiped a patients' dessert with a mischievous grin and,"you're fat enough" as you hurriedly licked the spoon clean and sailed out the many sunrises did you greet after hours spent on your feet to save a life...How many lives did you make better with your gifted hands and brilliant mind...Doc,the mold surely was broken when you came along.. Heaven will be a better place and your spirit will fly thru these halls forever...A Most Grateful Nurse xoxoxo
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    Sheila3444 - May 28, 2010 11:53 am
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Dr DePan as a wonderful, caring man. It's because of his excellent care that I have the use of my legs.
    May he rest in perpetual peace, and may God hold him in the palm of His hand.
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    KRIS GAYE-ANNE WINCHELL MEADE - May 28, 2010 3:43 am
    Prayers for the family of Dr. Depan. He was a good Doctor. He was my Grandmothers Doctor and even mine in my younger days. May he rest in peace.


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