Philip Bondy

BONDY, DR. PHILIP KRAMER Doctor Philip Kramer Bondy died on October 14, 2013 after a short illness; he was 95. Born in New York City, to Eugene Lyons Bondy and Irene Kramer Bondy on December 15, 1917, Bondy was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University. He graduated from Harvard College Medical School in 1942, having been elected to the AOA and Sigma Xi honor societies. He interned at the Peter Bent Brigham hospital and, after serving briefly in the Army during World War II as a physician, became chief resident and assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta. He married Sarah (Sally) Ernst on March 18, 1949. They moved to Yale University in 1952, where he worked for 37 years, not including a five-year stint from 1971 to 1976 at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London. At Yale, Bondy specialized in endocrinology, metabolism, and internal medicine and served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine for seven years. He published numerous papers that advanced the understanding of diabetes, adrenocortical function, endocrine effects on cancer, and the role of polyamines on cell differentiation. Bondy edited widely-used medical reference books (Duncan's Diseases of Metabolism, Genetics and Metabolism, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy), and scientific journals, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. Bondy's involvement in the YJBM, a journal run jointly by Yale faculty and students, typified his passion for medical education and mentorship. Bondy completed his career as the Chief of Staff of the West Haven Veteran's Administration Hospital. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Sally, worked for over a decade with the Home and School Association of the Southbury Training School, and were on the board of the Southbury Training School Foundation. Bondy was a sailing enthusiast who enjoyed strapping his Sailfish to the top of his car and heading out to sail it in lakes all over New England. He was also an avid lifelong cellist, from his undergraduate days as Manager of Columbia University's orchestra to his participation as principal cellist in the Hamden Symphony Orchestra through his late eighties. He is survived by his wife Sarah Ernst Bondy of North Branford; his son Jonathan Bondy of Fletcher, VT; his daughter Jessica Bondy of Denver, CO and her husband Thornton Roby and their children Courtney and Evan; and his son, Steven of Hamden, CT.

Published in The New Haven Register on Oct. 23, 2013