October 24, 1920 — October 16, 2018
PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Donald T. “Doc” Kasprzak, 97, of Beekman Street, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at the CVPH Medical Center.
He was born in North Tonawanda, New York, on Oct. 24, 1920, the son of John and Michalina (Giza) Kasprzak.
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Joyce; and his siblings, Raymond Kasprzak, Helen Johnson, Martha Walker, Jeanette Cryst, Theresa Urbaniak, Wanda Derum and Ann Halrod.
Doc is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Kathleen “Mac” (McFadden) Kasprzak; his children, Donald (Suzanne) Kasprzak, Kathryn (Larry) Laclair, Susan Beaty, John Kasprzak, Michael Kasprzak and Christopher (Michelle) Kasprzak; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Doc was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1951, where he was also awarded the Charles M. Rolker Jr. Prize of Distinction as a student.
He was board certified in general surgery by the American College of Surgeons.
Doc exemplified a life of devotion to his family and of service to his patients, his community and his profession. Over the span of 58 years he maintained practices in orthopedic, thoracic and general surgery at CVPH Medical Center, retiring at the age of 91. He held positions as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, Cancer Liaison Physician and Interim Medical Director, and was a member of numerous committees.
Doc was an active member of the local and state Medical Societies and received a Certificate of Appreciation for his dedicated service as Regent of the State of New York from the International College of Surgeons, and a Citation from the State of New York in medicine.
His professional memberships also included the American Medical Association and the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons.
He was a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Doc served for many years on the Seton Catholic Central School Board and as team physician for the football games. He served as president of St. John’s Athletic Association. He was a member of the Narcotics Guidance Council and YMCA Board of Directors.
Doc enjoyed the world of sports as both an observer and participant. He earned a full football scholarship to Columbia University. During his life he kept physically fit doing aerobics, golfing, tennis and running. While he was volunteering as physician support staff for the Empire State Games, he participated at the senior level in the hurdles, shot put, high jump and javelin throw, bringing home many gold medals. He was inducted into the North Tonawanda Football Hall of Fame.
Doc had a great appreciation of the natural world: the moon, the stars, animals and plants. He enjoyed the simple things in life, especially his home and gardens. He was a man of high and positive energy, goodness and compassion. His presence in our lives will be missed immensely.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at St. John’s Church.
Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the CVPH Medical Center Foundation, 75 Beekman St., or the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901, 518-561-3980.
Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.