Dr. Rudolph W. Bee (1935 - 2012)


Dr. Rudolph W. Bee, 77, of New Britain , Conn ., died Nov. 8, 2012, at home.

Has born June 17, 1935, in Moline, Italy, to parents Mary and Livio Bee.

He graduated from Middletown High School in 1953 and went on to become a world-renowned eye surgeon with his own practice in New Britain for 40 years.

He served in the Medical Corps in the Army.

His premedical studies were conducted at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1956. He attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia from 1956 to 1960. Dr. Bee preformed his internship at Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, in Montreal , in 1960-1961 and his residencies in ophthalmology at London Institute of Opthalmology & Moorfields Eye Hospitals, University of London, in 1963; Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, Ohio in 1964-1965; Pittsburgh VA Hospital and Medical Center in Pittsburgh in 1965-1966; and Lancaster Course in ophthalmology, Colby College , in Waterville, Maine , in 1966.

He received the following academic credentials: diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1961 and board-certified in ophthalmology in 1969 in the U.S.; certified in ophthalmology by the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada in 1969; a fellow with the American Academy of Opthalmology in 1969 and the Royal College of Surgeons in Canada in 1973.

He was a member of the Hartford County Medical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, American Medical Association and the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians. His professional appointments included: clinical assistant professor of surgery, University of Connecticut Health Center, in Farmington, 1974-1995; chief of ophthalmology, Castle Point Medical Center and VA Hospital, in Castle Point, 1987-1989; attending eye surgeon, New Britain General Hospital, 1971-1988; consultant, State of Connecticut Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, 1983-1987; and attending eye surgeon, Bristol Hospital, 1969-2000.

Survivors include seven cousins, David Furlin of San Diego, Stephen Furlin of McGraw, Maria Isaac of Rock Hill and Tecla Nemeth, Arlene Nemeth, Blanche Tornichia and Brenda Tuccillo, all of New Jersey.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Nov. 15 at Our Lady of the Assumption on Highland Avenue in Bloomingburg, with burial following in the family plot in Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery on Route 17M in Bloomingburg.

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home Inc., 130 Highland Ave., in Middletown, handled his funeral arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, send flowers or view/share photos, visit http://www.applebee-mcphillips.com.

Published in Newsday Westchester on Nov. 28, 2012