ROCKY MOUNT - Dr. Joseph Katz, 97, passed away suddenly Thursday, February 14, 2013 in Rocky Mount. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 19, 1916 to Morris and Ester Katz. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and enlisted in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of Captain in the Corps of Engineers. He served in the Philippines and in Panama during World War II from 1940 to 1946. Dr. Katz earned his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1954 and completed residencies at Norfolk (VA) General Hospital, VA Hospital (Durham, NC) and Duke Hospital. Dr. Katz practiced medicine in Kinston, first as general practitioner in private practice for over ten years before joining the hospital staff at Caswell Center in 1970. Although he completed his career with over 22 years of dedicated service in 1992, he continued to attend medical symposia. Many friends and family benefitted from his astute medical observations during his years of retirement and even shortly before his death. He also served as President of the Lenoir County Medical Society and was active in the Elks and Kiwanis. Dr. Katz was a life-long member of Temple Israel and enjoyed golfing, reading medical journals, and being with his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, the former Miriam Stadiem of Kinston in 1969 and his dear friend and companion of many years, Harriet Chused. He is survived by his daughter Brenda and son David, both of Harriman, TN; his five grandchildren, Mathew, Nathan, John, Sean and Bo Murphy; his sister Ruth Shacter of Atlanta, GA as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Kinston and around the country. Services celebrating and honoring his life will be held at Temple Israel, 1109 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. followed by graveside rites at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Foundation of Economic Education, 30 South Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences may be sent to howardandcarter.com. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19, 2013