Mark Hausknecht
1953 - 2018
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Dr. Mark John Hausknecht
1953-2018
Mark Hausknecht MD, 65, a renowned Houston cardiologist died suddenly on Friday morning July 20, 2018. Beloved son, husband, father, brother, physician, colleague, and friend to many, he personified the ideals of compassion and service. The man who healed so many hearts during his life, has left so many broken by his death.
Mark was born to Catherine and the late Otto Hausknecht on March 23, 1953, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980, where he met his future wife. He completed his residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Hausknecht was a practicing cardiologist at the Texas Medical Center since 1987. Patients from all walks of life felt a special bond with Dr. Mark. Listening and taking the time to explain things to each patient, earned him their gratitude and affection. He, in turn, felt honored to be their physician.
Mark was driven by insatiable intellectual curiosity but found relaxation through physical labor. He was a voracious reader, pilot, chef, DIY repairman, beekeeper, recycler, urban gardener, cyclist and lover of music and the arts. It would not be unusual to find Mark solving physics problems or differential equations on vacation. Attracted by the concept that "one's mind determines one's destiny," he became a practicing Buddhist in later years. Meditation was an essential part of his daily life.
Mark loved his family and was proud of his sons. When the boys were young, the years spent as the Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 11 provided some of Dr. Hausknecht's happiest memories. With the Troop, Mark shared his appreciation of nature and the obligation he felt to preserve it. He instilled a strong work ethic, self-reliance, and a love of the outdoors in his sons.
Dr. Hausknecht's keen intellect, quick wit, infectious smile, and delicious BBQ will be deeply missed. He was a leader by example, a teacher, a role model, and an inspiration to many.
Mark is survived by his wife Dr. Georgia Hsieh, sons Matthew (Man) and Paul, mother Cathy, and siblings Peter, Susan (Tom), Amy (Steve), five nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Grandma Rose. He is also survived by three rescue dogs who miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank law enforcement for their diligence and is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many. There will be a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Mark's favorite charities (listed at Legacy.com) or one of your choosing. Please share your memories of Mark at his online obituary at Legacy.com.



Boy Scouts of America

Chung Tai Zen Center

Doctors without Borders

Union of Concerned Scientists

Houston SPCA

Houston Humane Society

Menil Society

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Lawndale Arts Center

The Open Door Mission

Salvation Army

Star of Hope

Bayou Preservation Association

Galveston Bay Foundation

Trees for Texas

The Nature Conservancy

Hermann Park

Natural Resources Defense Council

Environmental Defense Center

Urban Harvest






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Published in Houston Chronicle from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2018.
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July 21, 2020
Dr. Hausknecht lives on in my mind and heart as both a truly extraordinary gifted doctor and human being. He continues to leave a lasting impression I believe in all of his patients. I viewed him as a teacher in many ways. He had the most beautiful spirit that still shines brightly in all those that were blessed to call him their doctor.

He saved my life in 2005; when my mitral valve was hanging by a string and I was drowning on my own blood. Had he not been there to take quick action I would not be alive today. When I look into the eyes of my teenage grandson I am reminded of my remarkable doctor who paved the way for me to watch him grow up. He gave me a second chance at life. He will never ever be forgotten by my entire family. He will always be cherished and held in the highest esteem.

I still miss his presence In my life so very much. He will always be my favorite doctor. He was a gift from God to all those fortunate to have known him.

To his beautiful family, I sincerely thank you for sharing him with all of us. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with his love and continued comfort.
Patricia Farnan
Friend
July 20, 2020
My husband and I speak of Dr. Hausknecht often. We were both patients, and Dr. H also took care of my husband's parents. Both parents lived many years longer with his care. We loved his sense of humor! Such a good doctor and a better person!
Kristine U Tibbitt
Friend
July 20, 2020
To this day my father this cry when he thinks about Dr. H. For 22 years they was best friends. And if it hadn't been for Dr. H dad wouldn't be here. We still haven't got a replacement that dad is comfort with. Dr. H will forever be missed and love.
Rita Patterson
Friend
July 19, 2020
Never Forgotten
Linda Henly
Friend
July 19, 2020
Debra Perkins
August 9, 2018
My father, Frank Dover, was a patient of Dr. Hausknecht for over 30 years and I truly believe he added so many years of life to my Dad. My father respected Dr. Hausknecht's opinion so much that he wouldn't have any procedure (heart or non-heart related) without first talking to Dr. Hausknecht. A truly kind and compassionate man who never made you feel rushed and a heck of a doctor. The last time Dad visited him was in March to discuss whether he should start Hospice. Dr. Hausknecht had a long talk with my Dad and when he left, they hugged and he told my Dad - Goodbye old friend. My Dad passed away a few weeks later and it is ironic that Dr. Hausknecht passed away on my Dad's birthday. I am grateful Dad didn't have to know about the travesty that befell his wonderful doctor - I don't know if his heart couldn have handled being broken. The world has lost a wonderful man and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
The Dover Family
August 8, 2018
God bless the family of Mark. My husband, Walter S Henly, work with Mark with several patients . Mark was a very kind gentle man and loved his patients.. Sam Henly always said wonderful things about Mark.. He will be missed . Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I miss my sweet husband everyday. Hold all the wonderful memories in your heart❤
Linda Henly
August 4, 2018
Among so many remarkable friends I made at Cornell and Sigma Pi, Mark was a truly extraordinary person. His intellect, sensitively, kindness and humanity set an example we all could hope to emulate. I am heartbroken for his family, patients, colleagues and friends. We have all lost a very special person in our lives.
Susan Sanford
August 4, 2018
Susan Sanford
August 3, 2018
There are no words to express the loss of Houstons finest Cardiologist - Dr Mark Hausknecht. He has been my physician since 2007. In 2016 he gave me my life back with a pacemaker implant for Christmas. You will never be forgotten and forever in my heart.
My deepest sympathy to the family. Forever in my prayers.
Cheryl Wagner
August 3, 2018
My deepest condolences .
He was the best Doctor who walked on earth. I felt a terrible loss upon hearing of his passing. Dr Hauschnect saved my mother's life.
Mrs. Olivares is alive today because of his determination to try everything in his power to save her life. My mom is a double amputee but she is alive. He was my physician also along with other family members. We had the most respect and trust in his care.
It was amazing how he.could remember small details of the family.
I will always keep you all in my prayers . May God bless you
Patsy Carvajal
Patsy Carvajal
August 3, 2018
The love this man gave was so precious, may his family share this wonderful glory

Ivan Birch
August 3, 2018
My very deep condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Hausknecht. I worked as an RN at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center and remember him well. What a fine person and cardiologist. He will be sorely missed. My GOD bless him and his family during this difficult time.
Joy Corcione, Ph.D., MBA, RN
August 3, 2018
I did not know Dr. Mark, but my lifelong friend from high school, Christine, was his neighbor and friend. I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss and am keeping your family in prayer. -Anne in Phoenix
August 2, 2018
Oh goodness. i only made the connection today when i saw his picture. dr.mark. sweet dr. mark. blessings and good karma to your family.

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chung tai
August 2, 2018
An angel on earth was taken from us. I know Mark, Gigi, Matthew, and Paul through First Presbyterian Houston and our adventures in Boy Scouting. Mark is the most gentle, kind, caring person I think I have ever known. As a leader for our boys in BSA he set the ideal example of the kind of man we all hope our sons will become.

After tearing my ACL on one high adventure in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, we took the boys on the next year's adventure of a hiking trip in the High Country of Yosemite. Unfortunately by the end of the trip my repaired knee decided my hiking time was over. Mark organized the boys to break up my pack between them and personally guided me down into the valley to be sure I did not fall and sustain injury. All this in a kind, persuasive manner that I am sure is what all his cardiac patients recall for his "adventures" with them.

God bless you Gigi, Matthew and Paul. You will be in my prayers.
Jan Aligo
August 2, 2018
I was an Osler resident one year ahead of Mark. It is no surprise to read the wonderful tributes written here. He was an exceptional physician and human being.
My deepest sympathy for his untimely loss.
Paula Kinnunen
August 2, 2018
My condolences on Mark's untimely loss. He will be missed in so many ways.
Jay "Sac" Sacco
Sigma Pi Brother
Jay Sacco
August 1, 2018
As a former employee of Houston Cardiovascular Associates I have so many wonderful memories of Dr. Hausknecht. Dr. Hausknecht was more than a gifted surgeon, he was also an outstanding Boss. He was always fair, compassionate and direct when necessary and I had so much respect for him as a Physician and a Employer. Dr. Hausknecht was also my Mother and my Husband's Cardiologist and he provided the absolute best and most humble and compassionate care that anyone could ever ask for. My family and I would like to express our deepest and most sincere condolences to Dr. Hausknecht's family, colleagues and his entire staff at Houston Cardiovascular Associates. Rest In Peace Dr. Hausknecht. The world has lost an amazing and gifted healer of hearts!
Michelle & Scott Cavnar
Coworker
August 1, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sabina Lee
July 31, 2018
During our early teens, for too short a time, Mark was my best friend.
And of all the activities we enjoyed together, one of our favorites was riding our bikes everywhere! One event in particular stands out to me, not only because it was a grand adventure, but because it, and Mark, changed me for the better.

We couldnt have been more than 14 years old when he proposed that we ride our bikes from our suburban community all the way to downtown Cincinnati and back again a trip of 28 miles on busy city streets and through every kind of neighborhood. Knowing Mark, I believed he could do this, but I certainly didnt think I could; I told him I was afraid and that I wouldnt accompany him.

Instead of making fun of my fears (as just about any other boy our age would), he encouraged me. He built up my confidence; this was a ride I could do if I focused on the positive and trusted in myself. Wed watch out for each other, take turns leading the way, and together accomplish something we would always remember.

It was daunting, we did it, and it was a wonderful day.
To someone else, it may have been just a bike ride. To me, it was a lesson in courage that Ive never forgotten.

And thats what made Mark so special to me. He didnt doubt himself, and he inspired those he cared for to reach out further, to extend themselves and achieve something worthwhile.
Charles Cooley
Friend
July 31, 2018
No words for how sorry I am for you and your children Gigi.
Peter Curka
Friend
July 31, 2018
I have never written on legacy, until now. I feel the need to add to the wonderful things being said about this man. Dr. Hausknecht was my doctor years ago when I had done damage to my heart trying to starve myself to death. I was listed as anorexic, but I was not. I truly was tired and didn't want to live anymore. I ended up at Methodist ICU cardiac unit. Dr. Hausknecht would come everyday to see me. I could tell he was so sadden about my physical and mental condition. I knew he cared, and knowing that people like him still existed gave me a little hope. I had a long way toward health and healing, but the doc was definitely a factor. That was twenty years ago, but Inever forgot him. Recently, I had a heart issue scare. Although I went to a doctor in my area, in my mind I already decided that if turned out to be serious, I wanted to see Dr. Hausknecht.
I am crushed to hear of this and saddened that the world has lost such a special man. That said, what a gift we (those he touched) were given.
God bless your beautiful soul Doc.
Ms. Turner
July 30, 2018
While at Hopkins we became friends. I remember you and GG came to the house before you moved to Houston to check on me. And when you and the family came to visit us in Westminster and we laughed because we had the same car. My prayers are with the family but my memories of you will last my life time. God bless all of us that have lost a truly unique person and a good man.
Donna Wade &John Hessler and family.
Donna Wade
July 29, 2018
Our hearts break with the sad news of such a great loss. Mark was a wonderful and thoughtful roll model for both our sons in troop 11. Mark's time as a Scout Master at FPC BSA troop touched so many. John, my husband, recalls the time he first met Mark. He told John during his time as a volunteer, he will receive much more than he could give and Mark was right. It was an honor for John to serve with Mark. Our sons were the lucky ones to have not only a knowledgeable, skilled, passionate leader but also one who was a thoughtful and steady guiding light for our sons to look up to...a man to aspire to be.
Thank you Mark for your leadership, your troop 11 family will miss you and will always hold you, GG, Mathew and Paul in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Janus, John, Alex & Niko Lazaris
July 29, 2018
Praying for family and he will be missed! May God bless you all!
Blessings with Love and Peace,
Cheryl L Duncan
Cheryl Duncan
July 29, 2018
laura Fernandes
July 29, 2018
I retired a month ago after thirty five years of nursing. Dr. H was one on the top two docs I knew and worked with. I knew him first at Methodist the Memorial Hermann. I loved doing cardioversions with him. After a period of time once when he was not around, we were told he was ill. Once he came back I said to him he looked so good, he blushed and said "I don't know about that". What a kind and a gentle soul. So very sad. Ellie Neberman RN.
July 29, 2018
Dr. Mark was a savior angel to us. He healed my husband Tom from severe heart disease and became a dear friend during our many subsequent visits with him. He and Tom spoke about a special trip to see Tom's antique cars. We will dearly miss him.
With sadness and love in our hearts for him,

Tom & Jo Katherine D'Ambrosio
Tom & Jo D'Ambrosio
July 28, 2018
My family is deeply saddened on the loss of Dr. Hausknecht. Our hearts are broken. The genuine kindness, care and concern that Dr. Hausknecht showed me and my family was immeasurable. His memory and legacy will live on as he touched so many lives. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Angela and James Burns
July 28, 2018
I was a freshman when Mark was a senior. Sigma Pi had an intercom in the phone room so that we did not have to run upstairs to get someone when there was a call for them. One day I walked by the phone room and Mark was saying the most ridiculous things into that intercom...and someone from an upper floor was answering him in kind.

I knew he was premed and brilliant. I learned from that moment...that being playful, ridiculous, and fun is to be encouraged, and is not an indicator of intelligence or lack thereof.

Mark was open and kind and welcoming to us squirts who were trying to figure out who we were. I looked up to him.

Berny (Rob Bernstein)
Robert Bernstein
July 28, 2018
Sigma Pi Reunion 2014
I am writing on behalf of many brothers of the Sigma Pi fraternity at Cornell University. Mark attended Cornell from 1971 through 1975. Many memories of Mark have been shared among his fraternity friends over the past week. I would like to share a few of them, since they capture the college-aged man that we got to know and love. In these memories, which have been edited, "The Ponderosa" refers to the house on Lake Cayuga, near the Cornell campus, where a number of the fraternity brothers lived, including Mark, or "Knecht" as a number of his friends called him.

"Knecht had an uncanny ability to gracefully and confidently get himself into and out of trouble. He loved driving the Cass Park Expressway in his little Vega. This was the walking path in Cass Park on the way to the Ponderosa complete with wooden bridges up and over the small streams. His car just barely fit between the hand rails of the bridges. Priester and I picked him up at LAX to attend Bert's wedding. Knecht was a part of the wedding party and due at the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. He was deep into Med School at this time and had just flown in from Houston. I'm taking a break, no one is telling me what to do. So, a trip to Venice Beach, some food, a few(?) beers, then watch a long UCLA based parade. We got separated somehow, Dick & I lost him. We searched through the crowd, we climbed on top of a bus shelter to look for him and hoped he would spot us. He found us all right- he had climbed onto one of the last floats which was sponsored by the UCLA Alumni he was entertaining the crowd and waving to everyone. A fun loving, brilliant man; a life well lived. I cherish my memories and my time with him." -- Casey Forbes

"I sat down this morning to catch up on my emails and was shocked to hear such sad news. I'm trying to shake it off and remember Knecht. He was a caring person that I was fortunate to have as a brother, a friend and a housemate at the Ponderosa. I'm so glad that we all got to see him again at the Centennial Celebration. I remember Knecht thinking he could eat 3 dozen glazed donuts in one sitting. I think he just saw the movie Cool Hand Luke where Paul Newman tried to eat 3 dozen eggs. Many more memories will come back as I think about him.
We all lost a great person. " -- Steven Sanford

"After sitting down and shedding tears over the loss of our brother and fellow housemate at the Ponderosa I, as I know many of you are, am numb. Knecht's intellect, wit and freindship was so special to all of us in that mid 70's group. Where does one begin to describe such a comrade that carried himself with eternal 'still water runs deep' demeanor and class. He could recite chapter and verse of Firesign Theater, play cards until dawn with 'pecker' the delusional caged bird close by and then proceed to ace all of his Pre-Med Big Red courses. Correct me if I'm wrong Ponderosans, but he had the 3rd floor attic room on the lake and was one of the more active participants in water ballooning passing tour boats... I'm just sayingThe same 1st class derelict who treated GHW Bush....God's speed Dr. Knecht, it was a privilege to know you, be your friend, housemate and brother." -- Sandy Kraker

"I was so sorry to hear this news. I had the privilege of being Mark's roommate our sophomore year in the house. He was incredibly bright and hard working, and had an incredible sense of humor. I remember when he was a math major before he decided to switch to pre-med. There was never a doubt in my mind that he would make it all the way and be successful. What a great loss." -- Peter Phillips

"I'm stunned and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and brother. As a premed I recall taking classes like Organic Chemistry with him. He aced itthat was Mark. My deepest condolences to his family. " -- Jeff Craver

"Knecht was a compassionate derelict-scholar who was always happy to see me, impart humorous wisdom, and just be his loveable self as I struggled to find myself at (Cornell U). I am sad at his untimely death and (upset) at gun violence in our country." -- Pete Cady

"I guess I'm in good company with George HW Bush; Mark Hausknecht saved my life once also. One spring day back in '75, after getting properly "prepared", Mark and I took off from the Ponderosa in my Sunfish. The wind was probably blowing 20 knots. Even though the weather was nice, the water was still about 35 degrees. We tipped the boat over on a tack, and probably flipped it 3 more times before Mark was able to climb on and stay on. I had on a heavy sweatshirt, and by then was so waterlogged and enervated that I couldn't pull myself up onto the boat. Somehow, Mark had enough energy to pull me back on, and we reached back over to the west shore, ending up half a mile or so south of the 'Rosa. We begged some kind lady to let us in and use the phone, and Sandy Kraker came and took us back to the 'Rosa. Thank you Mark; we will miss you." -- Mike Quaid, '75

"I am so sorry to hear about Mark, such a tremendous person with so much to offer and has given so much, and such a senseless act. Mark. our prayers are with your family. I am proud to have known you. I just talked to Knect a couple months ago when we drove through Houston on the way to see my son. It was great to reconnect. I also was a part of many a Cass park express adventures in the vega, with the additional adventure of an icy night coming in from the rosa and fishtailing off off about 4-5 cars on 89. May have been the last vega adventure. Knects skill at driving though was truly shown with Ceciles manual,throttle control.
Going back a few years to Freshman/sophmore years, I do remember while all were drinking cheap beer, Knect went for the much higher class Sangria, I'm having one now in his honor." -- Willy Dougherty

"So many great memories, albeit a few a little fuzzy as well. Although not ever a resident of the Rosa, I did appreciate the many rides back and forth to the house. One of those was with Mark and included a shortcut on the Cass Park Express in a little car owned by Cecile. Great ride! Great wit and dry humor. I will always look up to Mark. So sad, indeed, and an absolutely senseless loss. He made us all proud to know him. He will be missed. " -- John Stetson
Sigma Pi Fraternity Cornell
July 28, 2018
Mark at Cornell
Ted Chen
July 28, 2018
Mark at Cornell
Ted Chen
July 28, 2018
Mark with Sigma Pi fraternity friends
Ted Chen
July 28, 2018
Mark at Cornell
Ted Chen
July 28, 2018
Our father and step-mother were blessed to have Dr. H. as their longtime physician. For many years our family relied on his skills, guidance and compassion. He always took the time to explain his recommendations. In our times of loss, he grieved with us. The medical profession and those who admired and love him have lost a great man. The Jircik Family
July 28, 2018
My husband is a heart transplant patient and Dr. Hausknecht was his first heart doctor. They met 30 years ago. Dr. H was a "one in a million" type of doctor. He was so special and the kind of person you always looked forward to seeing. He spent time with you and you knew he cared. After my husband moved to a team of transplant doctors, Dr. Hausknecht would still check on him and was always glad to see him. Dr. H was my doctor and I recommended him to many of my family members and friends who also became his patients. Out thoughts and prayers are with his family and staff. We, like many others, are going to miss him very much.
Denise Jennings
July 28, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was truly a compassionate man. When I came to see him and he told me I had cardiomyopathy, I asked what does that mean and he explained. I was by myself and stunned, I started to cry. He came around the desk and hugged me until I could gather my composure. He comforted me and said my dear you are in good hands and we will do everything to fix this. He scedualed a heart cath. I needed a stint, there my brother was with me and we were in awe of his compassion and thoughtful skill, very grateful for him we expressed. He quoted " If I have seen farther, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants" we marveled at such grace my brother and I. Just as the week before his passing I was in his office ready for another heart cath. He said you know me, I believe in getting to the root of the cause. I'm so heart broken that this could happen. May God Bless you and keep you in His loving care Mark Hausknecht and to your loving family.
Tara Gressett
July 28, 2018
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Michael Casey
July 28, 2018
Sorry for your loss. I didn't know Dr Hausknecht. Such a beautiful person will be missed.
Shirley Hurst
Shirley Hurst
July 28, 2018
What a terrible loss of a great physician. RIP Dr. Hausknecht. Prayers for your family.
Tammy Womack
July 28, 2018
My deepest condolences to Dr.Mark,Family and friends and co-worker.God Angel are waiting on Dr.MARK!!!
Phyllis Riley
July 28, 2018
We awake each day wondering why this has happened to such a kind, gentle, sincere, honest, and empathetic doctor. There are not enough words to describe this wonderful man. Many blessings to Dr. Hausknecht's family and friends in the days and years ahead. God bless us all.
David and Sabrina
July 28, 2018
DR. HAUSKNECHT T00K CARE 0F MY 98 YEAR OLD
MOTHER FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, SHE WOULD HANG ON T0 HIS ARM AS WE WERE LEAVING HIS OFFICE AND LISTEN TO HIS EVERY WORD. HE TAUGHT US THE MATH ON HOW TO WATCH HER PRESSURE WHICH MOST MEDICAL
PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD 0F. HE HAD ALSO STARTED TAKING CARE OF ME. I WAITED FOR A DAY BEFORE I TOLD HER, AND SHE SAID WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO HURT HIM? MOST OF US HAVE THAT SAME QUESTION THE LAST WEEK.
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH HIS WIFE.SONS, AND MOTHER.
EACH KIND W0RD THAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT HIM IS SO TRUE, HE WAS SPECIAL. IF I HAD ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MOTHER HE ALWAYS RETURNED CALLS. THANK YOU TO HIS FAMILY FOR SHARING HIM WITH US.

SUE DAVIS LONGVIEW TEXAS
ANN HESS RICHMOND, TEXAS
July 28, 2018
Amitofu
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dr. Hausknecht Care made my Husband feel that I was in safe hands and even made me smile when I left, then you can believe they are the best.
He Always was wonderful person .
Mrs Murphy
July 27, 2018
To the family I extend you my most sincerest condolences. Upon reading of the good doctor's life I'm confident that he met all of his many goals he left a very rich legacy that will not be forgotten my peace I leave to you.
Viola Cortez
July 27, 2018
Dear G.G., we send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time.
Karen & Sam Bernstein
July 27, 2018
Dr H was an outstanding teacher and mentor. He was brilliant with facts and critical thinking, but he taught more than book learning. He was the first person to teach me one of the toughest lessons of being a doctor - sometimes it's hard to cope with sad outcomes when you are emotionally invested, but if you aren't emotionally invested, you probably aren't doing this doctoring thing right.
Coworker
July 27, 2018
Dr Hausknecht's passing is a huge loss to everyone. My deepest sympathies to his family.

I first met Dr. Hausknecht when he treated my mother and inserted a pacemaker for her. Every time she was in the hospital for other ailments he would come by to check on her and look at her ankles for edema. My 84 year old mother would giggle and tell us all (in front of Dr Hausknecht) that he just liked to look at her ankles. He would just smile and shake his head. A truly charming man who later also became my doctor, my partner's doctor and a neighbor in Old Braeswood. He will be very much missed.
Robin Fredrickson
July 27, 2018
With deepest sympathy on loss of your loved one. May it bring comfort you to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.
Melissa Pioneer
July 27, 2018
Dr. Mark Hausknecht placed a stint in a very precarious place in my husbands heart several years ago. Because of the stent, my husband didnt have to have open heart surgery. He also treated me for afib and blood clots. After cardioversion the meds he prescribed for me have kept me from expirencing afib or blood clots again. He was a patient, caring, relatable, brilliant man and doctor who treated everyone with such respect regardless of whether you were a CEO or an old couple from The Woodlands. Houston has lost a wonderful doctor, husband, father, brother, sister, son, uncle, and friend. Our hearts are truly broken for the loss of this doctor.
Bob and Barbara Smith
July 27, 2018
I am fortunate to have met Dr. Mark Hausknecht 26 years ago. I can't thank him enough for what he has done for our family. He was thoughtful, gracious, caring, and took the time to listen. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Dr. Hausknecht.
Jeff Ritcheson
July 27, 2018
(Wherever you are GOD IS)
EVELYN BERKOWITZ
July 27, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was an outstanding, kind and personable physician, and he was adored and revered by his patients. I was a long-time cardio patient of his, and he always knew instinctively how to allay concerns and fears, no matter how long the diagnostics process was, or what the end results were.

He was the kind of physician who personally called you at night with test results, and always had a consultation with you at the end of a long day of myriad procedures. His compassion and attentiveness were such that you felt as if you had your own private physician. Every patient I ever came across felt the same way.

His patients, his colleagues, and his loving friends and family are all suffering a tremendous loss in his death. My deepest condolences to his family, and to all of those who knew him personally. You are in my continued thoughts and prayers.
Pamela Zdenek
July 27, 2018
He was a compassionate and caring doctor. He was never to busy to to sit down after all your test and explain things in a kind and caring way. He will be missed by many.
Pamela Jones
Acquaintance
July 27, 2018
Positive thoughts are with G.G., Matthew, Paul, his family, friends and colleagues. My family and mutual friends are heartbroken and shocked over the untimely loss of such an incredible man. Almost 10 years ago, Mark shared with me that he was diagnosed with cancer and had one month to one year to live. Perhaps it was his diet, good exercise regimen, meditation and positive attitude that kept him with us. Mark was compassionate, good humored, down to earth and an incredible man. He had a sharp mind and it was always a pleasure to spend time with him. He was a true Renaissance man and will be greatly missed.
Marc Schindler
July 27, 2018
My deepest condolences to the entire Hausknecht family. In this time of great loss and sorrow, may you find comfort in all of the beautiful memories and love that will live on forever. I first went to see Dr. Hausknect, as he was the cardiologist for both of my uncles, which made him the natural choice for me too. I will always remember our first encounter. He walked in the room asking, How may I help you? I immediately adored him! His gentle soul was genuinely visible. He was so calm, caring, intent and kind. He was humble and took the time, which made you feel safe and special. He was the gold standard of care, both as a human and physician and he is and will be deeply missed! Anchors away, Dr. Mark and peace be upon you!
Lisha Gillespie
July 27, 2018
Dr Mark was such a caring Physican. He loved God, his wife & family. We crosssed paths at Baylor College of Medicine, St Luke's and Methodist. He loved teachable moments and loved his patients & staff members.
Houston has lost a Great Person. My his family find peace in time.
Oscar J Davis
July 27, 2018
On behalf of my family, all love, light and comfort to you in these dark days.
Dr. Mark saved us too many times to count. He was a friend, a sounding board, a referral service, and so much more for 20 years. We grieve our loss, too.
Too many anectdotes to share, but this might be my favorite. I was at MFAH for a film, looked over and there he was with a gigantic tome. By the time I could get up to say Hi, he was a one-man receiving line at least 15 people deep with those who wanted to do the same and thank him for their very lives and those of their loved ones. Dr.Mark just wanted to read a bit and catch a film, but he was so kind and gracious per usual.

Never enough we could do during his lifetime to express our genuine love and respect for him. I hope we can buoy his family and friends with it now.

Lisa Cohen
Friend
July 27, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was one of the finest he will be greatly missed, may he rest in peace.
Marguerite Haseman
July 27, 2018
This world has been robbed of the most genuine and caring doctor that I have every encountered.
My heart is so heavy with grief and disbelief. This sentiment runs through my family as he was "our doctor". We revere you and love you. You will never be forgotten.

Althea Williams
July 27, 2018
I am so honored and grateful to have known Dr. Mark Hausknecht as my physician and friend. While I am a relatively new patient, I will never forget his kindness and his incredible ability to put me at ease when I was anxious about needing a pacemaker. He took time to explain my situation in great detail and made me aware of some genetic issues that we need to be mindful of in the future. I've never met a more warm, caring, and gracious individual. Rest in peace, Dr. Hausknecht. I am in shock and saddened by this terrible, senseless tragedy. You are going to be sorely missed.
Mary Hickling
Friend
July 27, 2018
We are both longtime patients of Dr. Hausknecht, referred by other trusted physicians, with glowing comments on his prowess in cardiac care. We found this to be more than true. We both considered his caring manner and obvious intellect to be a source of great confidence that we were receiving the best of care. We will truly miss Mark, his considered judgement and loving care. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends and cohorts in this time of grief.
Alan & Susan Quaintance
July 27, 2018
Amituofo.
Andres Ceustermans
Friend
July 27, 2018
As a patient of Mark and wife of Dr. Jesse Dickson whom Mark gave a stent 20 years ago, I am deeply saddened that this wonderful doctor is gone from our lives. I always called him Dr. Heartconnect. I thought it a perfect fit for this compassionate Being. Thank you Dr. H for saving my husband's life and for every kindness.
Cis & Jes Dickson
July 27, 2018
DR. Mark Hausknecht enriched our lives with his brilliant intellect, compassion, humor and love.
William McKay
July 27, 2018
I knew Mark when he was an Intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital.. He was a very compassionate doctor, brilliant and witty with a great sense of humor. He shared his knowledge with me and the other nurses.. we learned a lot from him. I am sure he will be dreadfully missed by many and remembered by many.
Elaine Duffy-Luedtke
Coworker
July 26, 2018
Rest in Peace.
Kathy McCaslin
July 26, 2018
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted Matthew 5:4
My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Hausknechts family, friends and colleagues. Dr. Hausknecht was loved and respected by so many people.
T Mares
July 26, 2018
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
July 26, 2018
As a staff nurse in the CVICU at Houston Methodist since 1983, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Hausknecht since he began his career at the hospital. He was always so attentive to his patients and their families as well as the staff he worked with. I so enjoyed talking to him about Scouting when my boys were in Scouts and sharing the adventures of our boys. He was the most kind and gentle physician I have had the pleasure of knowing. Although I did not know him outside of the work setting I could see that he was an amazing soul who touched the lives of everyone he encountered. My prayers are with his family during this time of sorry and for peace in the coming time. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Terry Clark RN - CVICU Manager
Terry Clark
July 26, 2018
I am so grateful for all that I learned from Dr. Hausknecht at The Houston Methodist Cardiac Cath Lab and I also helped out at Medical Center Cath Lab. I started working there back in 1988. As the years went by I acquired a lot of knowledge from him. Truly thankful to this day. My Love and Prayers to the family and all his friends!
Isidra Maldonado
July 26, 2018
Dr Hauskencht was my Dad's Dr in 1988. He was so compassionate and kind to our family when my Dad passed away. He was my husband's Dr for 28 years and my Dr for the last 18 years. I have never seen a Dr that showed so much kindness. As busy as he was, he would sit and go over your condition and answer your questions. He never made you feel he was in a hurry. He would always tell me when he found something, don't worry, I am taking care of it for you. He showed so much care and compassion. I always trusted what he told me. I felt such a sense of loss when I heard of his death, I felt I had lost the best Dr anyone could have plus I felt I lost a good friend. I can't imagine going to his office and not seeing him. He was the best Dr anyone could ever have. Prayers to his family and his office staff. A loss to everyone.
Sandra Castille
July 26, 2018
I was fortunate to have met Dr. Hausknecht 8 years ago as one terrified patient. In time I would feel privileged as his only patient as that was how he made me feel.

These past 8 years of success are a direct result of his dedication to his profession and his guidance. He would take the time to educate my family and myself as he answered every question on our list. Only after everything medically had been addressed, would he want to sit for a bit and talk about our common love of flying and my professional flight career.

We are humbled to have encountered this truly gentle man in our lives. We thank him and his family for their support of his dedication. We hope he has achieved a peace known only by those deeply loved and equally missed. Please rest in peace, my friend.
Don Remaklus
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was my doctor for fifteen years. I will miss him so much. He gave me the gift of a longer life for which I am so grateful, along with being extremely blessed with the gift of him in my life as both a trusted doctor and friend. I will continue to try to honor this gift every day as I promised him I would.

A heartfelt thank you to his family for sharing such a remarkable wonderful man with all of us. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.




Patricia Gilbreath
Friend
July 26, 2018
My prayers to the Family and Friends of this Great Dr.
R King
July 26, 2018
I would not be here if it was not for Dr. Hausknecht. His intervention two years ago saved my life. He was one of a kind, a truly exceptional man. I first met Dr. Hausknecht in 2006, when he treated a friend. I immediately liked him and first saw him as a patient in 2007. He always took time to visit and make sure I understood what he saw in my tests. He was kind, caring and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his Family, friends and co-workers. You all are in my prayers. God Bless you Doc., Rest In Peace!
Barry Coleman
Acquaintance
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was one of the best doctors ever. His attention to detail and curiosity held him above other physicians. We are deeply saddened. May his memory be eternal.
Dr. Barbara and John Manousso
July 26, 2018
Dr Hausknecht was a wonderful doctor and individual who will be greatly missed by us, his patients for the last ten years. He was always willing to listen to questions and to respond with clarity, including calling attention to uncertainties and risks. In all situations, he was never alarmist, rather he always had the same calm, warm, caring personality and articulated a well-reasoned plan to manage our heart health. In doing so, he gave us the support, direction and assurance we needed to live our lives to the fullest despite having imperfect hearts. RIP, Dr Hausknecht.

Ellen & Tom Solak
Friend
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht saved my life. I had a major blockage with no symptom.
I owe my life to him as I know many of his patients do also. I am so saddened by this and my heart goes out to his sweet family and friends. I will miss him dearly, God Bless you and keep you in his loving arms,
Janet Baker
July 26, 2018
What can I say about this great man. I was blessed to have worked with Dr. Hausknecht 10 of the 15 years as a nurse on Dunn 10 east of the Methodist Hospital. He was a great instructor, a mentor. A scholar a friend. The kindest spirit, a great doctor. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength to endure your loss. It was dr. Hausknecht that said you are too smart to be a nurse I'm now a nurse practitioner. May God bless his soul. Rest his soul. The man that repaired so many broken hearts. God bless you...
Paulette Johnson APRN, MSN, NP-C
July 26, 2018
To one of the Dearest Doctors my Parents Mr. & Mrs. Pete and Dolores Lerma has ever had. As their daughter Edie I always took both my parents for regular check-ups and Dr. Hauschecht was always so very patient with them and always explain thoroughly to me about their health and was just the Exception of the Best Human Being I have ever met in mine and my parents life. We dearly loved him very much and will be missed by all. When my Father passed away five years ago Dr. Hauschecht was the Only Physician that took time to call my mother to give his condolences to her . Who Does that Only our Dr. , he had the biggest heart and smile. Our deepest sympathy to his lovely family which he talked of with Great Pride. Our Prayers will always be with your family. God Bless Edie Lerma
Edie Lerma
Friend
July 26, 2018
Losing this amazing man has saddened me and our entire family. He was my doctor for over 15 years and I can honestly say that, due to his expert and compassionate care, I progressed from terror of imminent death to confidence in the health of my heart and my prospects for a full and fulfilling life. A great smile, an ability to put a frightened person at ease, willingness to generously share his time, attention, intellect and analytical ability in service of his patients...he was truly one in a million. I owe my current optimism and faith in life to him...and my healthy heart, which he has cared for many times. We quite often shared poetry...he truly was a Renaissance man. I send my love and support and sincere condolences to his family, of whom he spoke so often, lovingly, and to his partners and staff at HCVA. He is now and has always been in the Light. Blessings and thanks, Dr. Mark, with all my heart.
Eileen Reed
July 26, 2018
Eileen Reed
July 26, 2018
We are heartbroken over the loss of Dr. Hausknecht. We knew we made the right decision to have him as our cardiologist the minute we met him. Such a kind man and he made you feel so comfortable during your appointment. He will be missed by so many . . . . rest in peace.
Kim & Michelle Raymond
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht has been my cardiologist for 17 years and always treated me like a I was the only patient he had. He always explained everything carefully and patiently and insisted that I ask questions if I had them. He also had a sense of humor remarking to me in his office after I had lost 150 pounds " I bet that treadmill was a heck of a lot easier this time". My deepest condolences to Dr. Mark's family, staff and patients. We have all lost a man dear to our hearts!
David McWhorter
July 26, 2018
RIP Dr Hauskenect. I'm still in shock. God brought this wonderful man into my life many years ago. Both my parents enjoyed several more years of life because of his skills. I've never met a more compassionate doctor. The love and warmth he showed my mother and father was truly exceptional. I became his patient several years ago and I'm alive today because of him. I'm truly blessed that God brought him into our lives. I will miss him as much as much as I miss my departed family members. What a truly remarkable skilled compassionate loving man he was.
Mark Tibbitt
July 26, 2018
He is having lunch in Heaven with DeBakey, Cooley, Cox and many others who spent their lives helping others. I know his family and friends will sometime join him in the future!
Gene Burdick
Friend
July 26, 2018
It was always interesting working with Dr Hausknecht in the cath lab, he had such exceptional technical skills. He was always so focused one day after I first started I saw him running in his famous turquoise shorts. The next morning after his case I asked him if he owned turquoise shorts he gave me that look and the entire team started to laugh we always had a great rapport over the 18 years of working together. Following my retirement I was pulling out of the med center garage as he was walking by I told him he needed to watch out for old nurses driving, he gave a big smile and tapped the hood of the truck and then was on his way. He will be dearly missed. We are praying for his family to have the peace that passes understanding.
Katrina Dunn
Coworker
July 26, 2018
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July 26, 2018
I was absolutely devastated to hear of Marks' untimely passing. I remember over 10 days ago talking about how wonderful a person he was to his patients and now he's gone. Mark was a Giant in medicine because not only did he possess great intellect, professionalism, kindness, he had great compassion and humility in his interaction with all his patients. He was so loved by so many and so revered by his colleagues. I always felt honored and delighted when he sent a patient to me because it meant that he thought so much that he wanted to share their care and lives with me. I miss him seeing him ride his bike to work and waving to me as I make my morning round. The world is much dimmer without his absence. I cannot understand how this tragic end can happen to a person so kind and so caring to so many. He was my Dr. Marcus Welby and his passing leaves a giant hole in all of our hearts. His family is in my prayers and his legacy lives on because he lived such an exemplary life difficult to duplicate. RIP my dear friend. It was a great privilege to have known and work with you.
Until we meet again,
Julie Nguyen, MD
Julie Nguyen, MD
July 26, 2018
I'm a 76 year old man who had a heart attack at age 42. Thanks to Dr. H I've had a good life. Just being in the same room with him made you feel better. Over the years I had many angioplasty and arteriograms. He would draw a diagram of the heart and show you what he had found and what he had done. It was always very clear and easy to understand. He was witty and so soft spoken. May God comfort his family. I will always miss him.
Robert Cox
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was everything you could possibly hope to find in a doctor. He was our doctor for over 20 years and I will miss him so much.
Barbara Kyle
July 26, 2018
We talked about disability, dementia and death. We talked about loss and cancer and the struggles of caretaking. Mark's conclusion was always to make the most of every day and enjoy what remains to be enjoyed in life.
Matthew and Paul, your father was a great man. He spoke of you always and showed us photos. He was so proud of you both and spoke with such love.
Gigi - I am so sorry. My heart is broken and there is no Mark to fix it.
I will keep praying for understanding and acceptance and for your family. May the Lord bless you with strength and angels hold you close for comfort.
Shelley, a fan of Mark
July 26, 2018
Dr. Hausknecht was a wonderful doctor. He made you feel so comfortable with his warmth and care.
Karen Abramson
July 26, 2018
Dr. Mark, you were the kindest and most generous person to mom and I. We miss you so much. Rest in peace.
Paula & Jeannette Sun
July 26, 2018
Dr. Mark, you were the most kindest and most generous person to mom and I. We will forever miss you. Rest in peace.
Paula & Jeannette Sun
July 26, 2018
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Samantha Y Adams
July 26, 2018
GiGI, Matthew & Paul: Many people share the grief that you and your family are experiencing. I knew Mark from Cornell, Sigma Pi, and the Ponderosa-the big lake house that many of us lived in. Although few of us Pi-Men see each other regularly, the kindred bond is still alive. There are many memories being emailed within the Sigma Pi community. A common thread speaks to Mark's character and personality: adventurous, intellectually brilliant, humorous, confident, compassionate, fun. For an unknow reason, I have kept a picture of Mark and the boys in my office for many years. It was a Christmas card photo from long ago. Now I look at it, shaking, with tears in my eyes but also with a sense of pride that he is and will always be a part of my life, a part of our lives.
Casey Forbes
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