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1930 - 2014

Martin S. Kazdan, M.D. (OPH ’59)

Martin died at home surrounded by cherished family. Loving husband to Norma Sherman (deceased). Marty found love again with his wife Marion. Loving father and father-in-law to David and Debby, Jonathan and Ilana, Peter and Allison, Devra and Edward Hertzman and stepchildren Ruth, Natalie and Kenneth Gangbar. Cherished Zaidy to Jordana, Hailey, Abbey, Lindsay, Noah, Sydney, Sammy and step-granddaughter Brooke. Devoted brother and brother-in-law to Jerome and Pearl, Merle and Derek Richards, Ruth and Maureen Hynes. Martin was devoted to his extended family and many precious friends.
Martin was a kind, gentle man, loyal friend, and accomplished doctor. He was well known and respected by his peers and admired by his patients. He had a lifelong love of birds and nature and especially enjoyed the Credit River childhood cottage and Gooderham Family cottage. He graduated in Medicine from University of Toronto, did a residency in Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic and received a Master of Science at University of Minnesota. A Fellowship with the renowned New York surgeon Dr. Wendell Hughes followed. Returning to Toronto, Martin joined the Opthalmology practice of his father Dr. Louis Kazdan and they were later join by his brother Dr. Jerome Kazdan.
Martin pioneered the use of ocular ultrasound and was a passionate advocate for eye spasm treatment while not retiring until 2012. Martin received recognition of dedicated service of forty years to the University of Toronto, forty nine years to North York General Hospital and fifty years to Mount Sinai Hospital. Sincere thanks to all who attended to Martin, especially Temmy Latner Palliative Care of Mount Sinai Hospital and Remie Costillo. To all who knew Martin, he lives on in the loving memories we hold dear in our hearts. At Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (three lights west of Dufferin) for Service on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment Temple Sinai section at Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Shiva at 19 Lower Village Gate. Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation of Toronto, 416-586-8203, www.mshfoundation.ca/tributecards Memo: Dr. Martin Kazdan Special Fund for Ophthalmology, or The Baycrest Foundation, 416- 785-2875.

Published in National Post on Nov. 14, 2014