David Cyril Kay, M.D. went home to be with his Lord on July 13, 2014. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on September 5, 1932, and was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen Kay and brother John William Dixon Kay, and is survived by his sister Rachel Textor and brothers James Kay and Benjamin Kay. His primary legacy was in his family and friends. He married Carla Kunkel on December 27, 1961, and they had four children and eight grandchildren: David Carl Kay and his wife Jan Lehman Kay and children Carl, Warren, Miranda and Hudson of Goshen, Indiana; James Andrew Kay and wife Tracy Daniels Kay of Wheaton, Illinois; Rachel Kay McMahon and husband Michael Brett McMahon and son John David of Houston; and Thomas Milton Kay and wife Amy Ross Kay and children Daniel, Elizabeth and Kristina of New Braunfels, Texas.
Educated in Illinois, Dr. Kay graduated from Danville High School, with high honors from Wheaton College, and the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital and psychiatry residency at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, both in Chicago.
He served twenty-one years in the U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Lexington, Kentucky before retiring with the rank of Medical Director in 1980. He then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as Associate Professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and became the Director of the Houston VA Medical Center drug abuse program and Medical Director of the Baylor Sleep Disorders Center. He maintained a private practice of psychiatry, both in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, from 1986 until his retirement on July 31, 2013. He wrote and provided essays for his patients on how to explore feelings and on "desire disorders", a term he coined to describe the phenomenon he observed in his VAMC experience and private practice.
Dr. Kay was in medical research for sixteen years at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Addiction Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky, becoming chief of the experimental psychiatry section. As part of this career, he published sixty abstracts, scientific articles and book chapters, including definitive studies on the effects of morphine, heroin, methadone and cyclazocine on human sleep. He also contributed to sleep studies at Professor Ismet Karacan's laboratory at Baylor.
His second career was in medical administration, directing the Houston VA Medical Center therapeutic community program for rehabilitation of drug abusers for seven years and exploring which techniques best helped men and women leave their self-destructive life patterns.
The American Psychiatric Association honored him as a Distinguished Life Fellow in 2003. He was a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and in Addiction Psychiatry. As a researcher, he was a member of American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He was also a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, American Group Psychotherapy Association, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Psychiatric Society, and Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.
Dr. Kay was a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and helped found and lead its psychiatry section. He was a member and faithful servant of the Lord at Second Baptist Church since 1980, serving as a deacon and member of the choir. He was a trustee of the Star of Hope Mission ministries, as well as active in developing their rehabilitation programs. He was a contributor for KHCB radio programs, "Car Pool" and "Vital Issues in the Christian Home".
A celebration of David Kay's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 in the Sanctuary at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway, Houston, Texas. Dr. H. Edwin Young will officiate. A reception will be held in the Deacons' Parlor following the service. A private internment will take place in Cowan Cemetery in New Point, Missouri at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Second Baptist Church's "Second Loves Kids" Fund and to KHCB Radio.
The family wishes to thank their numerous friends, Vosswood Nursing Center and Vitas Hospice for their kind and loving care of this special man.
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 17, 2014