Gene L. Gitelle
My dad, complicated and loving, smart and accessible, thoughtful and remiss, full of contradictions. Loved madly by me. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he was told he had a year to live and a mere 12 days later, he died with grace. Leaving me whole because of this conversation. "Shar-- we have always had an amazing relationship and I promise you even after my death, our relationship will continue. Just you wait and see" He was correct. Together he still helps me navigate this life and I miss him always. Here is the NYTs obit: ITELLE--Gene L.,M.D., formerly of New York City, died Monday, March 2, 2009 in Tuscon, AZ after a short illness. A psychiatrist and addictionologist, Dr. Gitelle was an assistant attending physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and a 50-Year distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was a diplomate of ASAM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of many professional societies. Born in New York City in 1923, he served in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and was graduated from the University of British Columbia and the Medical School of the University of Berne, Switzerland. He is survived, and will be sorely missed by: his wife, Tobey Baron Gitelle; Sharon Gitelle (John French) and grandchildren, Emily and Joshua Segal; Betsy Gitelle (Jay Leve) and granddaughter Sarah; and Jeffrey Gitelle (Jennifer Weuve); as well as those who knew him. A memorial service will be scheduled in New York City in the Spring for family and friends. Donations made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF), P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 will be welcomed.