Palay, Howard Jerome
Howard was born in Milwaukee, Wis., to Sylvia Kuritz and Nathan Naimon. His parents divorced when he was 4. Sylvia later married Meyer Palay who legally adopted him. Howard, his brother Alan, and the male cousins grew up helping in Meyer's men's clothing store. Howard went to Whitefish Bay High School and then to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, he returned to Milwaukee, to attend medical school at Marquette University School of Medicine (MCOW), receiving a research fellowship in cardiology from the
, Wisconsin chapter.
After finishing medical school and completing his Cardiology fellowship in Salt Lake City, Howard served at the Great Lakes Naval Base Medical Center. Upon leaving the service he moved to Green Bay and established the first cardiology practice there, Cardiology Associates. Today Cardiology Associates of Green Bay is the largest group of cardiovascular specialists in the region. He had a distinguished medical career, serving as the head of the Wisconsin chapter of the
, establishing the EMS program in Northeastern Wisconsin, and mentoring many physicians. He was also very active in the local community, serving as president of Congregation Cnesses Israel. He was a JNF honoree and a lifetime associate member of Hadassah.
He retired in 1999 and moved to Naples, Fla. He served on his condo association board and was the current president. Howard also served as docent at the Holocaust Museum in Naples, and was an active volunteer with SHINE. Additionally, Howard adored his Wednesday afternoon movie group.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Judith Schwartzman Palay; children, Shirah Rachel, David, Michelle, Lori, Daniel Keller, Daniel Jay, and Jeremy; 15 grandchildren, brother, Alan Palay; and three Naimon half-siblings.
Though never an incredibly religious person, Howard was very spiritual and understood what really matters in life. He practiced "Tikkun Olam', the betterment of the world. He further understood that his legacy was really his children and grandchildren who will miss him more than words can say.
Services were held in Naples, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 13.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Oct. 17, 2013