Emil Pinta alerted me to the opportunity to share about Bill. I had the privilege of first knowing Bill as a medical student at OSU when I was the psychiatry resident on the Upham Hall third floor service....and then again years later (1991-2004)in my role as Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH). Bill was then an ODMH psychiatrist also teaching MCO students at the State Hospital in Toledo. When I visited Toledo I usually tried to meet with Bill and seek his input and advise and observed his care, his interaction with patients and staff and his teaching. Bill, despite some limitations because of MS (e.g., in a wheel chair), was a wonderful doctor, teacher and person and quite simply an inspiration to me and many as indicated in the testimonials in this guest book.
Bill and I were residents together in psychiatry at OSU. All the wonderful characteristics people have written about Bill were there when he was training to become a psychiatrist. I recall that Bill was always the first to step forward and fill in on the call schedule if someone was ill.
He will be missed not only by Peggy and his family, but by everyone involved in community mental health.
Emil R. Pinta
Dear Lenz Family, I was reading The Ohio State Alumni Magazine for Nov-Dec 13 and was saddened to learn of Bill's death. I searched for and found the obituary on line. I worked with Bill during the 65-66 academic year and remember him as intensely dedicated his pre-med program. Somehow I knew that he had completed his MD but had, unfortunately, lost track of him after that time. I was pleased to learn of his life and medical career but saddened to learn that he had MS. I remember fondly his concern for 'his boys' (that is, the students on the floor where he was a counselor)and can easily see how that concern would have expanded to the patients he served. Although belated, may I offer my sincere sympathies.
Peggy, You are a trooper! My memories of you and Bill in Philadelphia are vivid: the Thanksgiving dinner with rice and mashed potatoes, the helpful advice with our first baby, the laughs we shared on "nights out", my visit to you in Toledo, and phone calls through the years.
Jesus, your brother, is praying deep inside you. May you feel the healing power of His love.
Love always, Martha Gunter
Dear Peggy: My message is on its way and I am only sorry that I could not be there to add to the Hoyt family support during the funeral and reception. I know you will continue to be strong and will find continuing support from you boys and the rest of the relatives far away. With love and thoughts of what you are now coping with with this great loss. Love Joanne
Peggy, we are so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggy and Family, We are sorry to hear about Bill.
Manuel & Dorothy Yakumithis
Peggy and family,
My prayers are with you and the family. Jo Ann Briceno
Our family remembers Bill, you, BJ, Peter and Karl with fond memories of wonderful neighbors and baby sitters!
So saddened to hear about your loss. Dr. Lenz stood for everything that is good in the world. His character, sense of humor, and his dedication to community & family will be dearly missed.
Peggy and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Bills passing..we know what a dedicated husband and father he was.He was also a great friend and mentor for our son and we will always appreciate that...know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
I was sad to read of your loss. I worked with Dr. Lenz many years ago, at Zepf Center. He was extraordinary working with those with mental health issues. Mrs. Lenz, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Peggy, I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of your sweetheart, Bill. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of compassion. I'm really sorry that I just now heard about this. I'll miss our "cuppers" with the three of us. Please know that I'm thinking of you and I love you, my dear friend.
Oh Peggy, I am so sorry. Such a great loss. I know you have been dedicated to Bill for so many years. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
To the Family of Dr Lenz my prayers are with you at this time of loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Lenz while having my RN Nursing Students doing their clinical rotation at TMHC. He was very generous in sharing his expertise with my students. We developed mutual respect for our caring for the people with Mental Health Problems. You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a dedicated and sincere person he was. God Bless
Another aspect of Bill's mission was to educate those who attache a negative stigma to people who struggle with mental illness. He emphasized that mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and requires medication to control symptoms. There is no cure and there shouldn't be guilt, blame, or shame associated with mental disorders. He was highly respected in his field and well loved by his patients and their families. Through his teaching and mentoring of med students, the fruits of his labor live on and will multiply and continue to have far reaching effects.
During the years working at TMHC I was fortunate to meet some of the greatest minds in mental health care. Dr. Lenz was the absolute top of that list and the greatest teacher I ever experienced. We have all lost a wonderful human being.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. In prayer & sympathy.
Our deepest condolences and prayerful thoughts of peace to the Lenz family. From Dr. Diego E. A. Perez and son Diego who remember you fondly during our many days working together at TMHC.
Peggy, just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Reading about Bill's death brings back memories of high school and you and Bill together.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Bill, first at Glenwood Lutheran Church, where we were confirmed together, through high school, and then through Ohio State University. He was such a caring and fun person. Unfortunately, I am unable to come for visitation or service as I am recuperating from back surgery a week ago, but you will be in my prayers.
Dr. Bill, you were such a good friend to our family through the years we were lucky enough to know you. George will miss your "guy talk" time, Sam will miss telling you stories, and I will miss hearing your opinions and personal experiences. But, as Sammy says, "you have your legs back now, and you are dancing with Jesus." I believe this and so I say that you WON that battle with MS; you are free of it now. May God comfort your family, and take gentle care of Peggy, your wife.
So very, very sorry for your loss. Mere words are not enough to express all we would like to convey to you in your grief. Will be praying for your family now and in the future. Our love and deepest sympathy.