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Bernard H. PALAY

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PALAY, Bernard H. DR. BERNARD H. PALAY Dr. Bernard H. Palay, 82, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully Monday, May 6, 2013. Born to Ida and Israel Palay, of blessed memory in Trenton, NJ, he graduated from Emory University and Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Palay completed his residencies at Emory, the Veterans Administration Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital. In addition, he completed post-graduate work at Harvard University in allergy and clinical immunology and was board certified in both internal medicine and allergy. In 1962, Dr. Bernard H. Palay opened his first office; ten years later, he asked Dr. Milton Frank III to join him. The Laureate Medical Group was founded and has flourished since - the practice has grown to include 20 physicians with five locations in the metro Atlanta area. In addition to many teaching appointments held during his career, Dr. Palay served as president of the medical staff of Crawford W. Long Hospital, as well as chairman of its Internal Medicine Section and the Medical Records Committee. Dr. Palay also served as chairman of the Environmental Health Committee for the Medical Association of Atlanta, Medical Advisor for the Citizens for Clean Air and was a delegate from GA to The White House Conference on Aging in 1981. Named three times to Atlanta Magazine's list of "Top Doctors in Atlanta," Dr. Palay served as Chairman of the Medical Subspecialty Committee and the Allergy Division of the Polyclinic during the 1996 Olympics and was a team physician for the Atlanta Hawks for 17 years. Dr. Palay was renowned for donating countless hours serving on a number of local and state eenvironmental health committees and served on the Georgia T.B. & Respiratory Diseases Association State Board of Directors. His work with senior citizens included serving as a member of the Board of Counselors of the Gerontology Center at GA State University and the Senior Citizens Advocacy Committee of the Medical Association of GA (MAA). He also chaired the Committee for the Aging for the MAA from 1989-90. In addition to being a member of the MAA, Dr. Palay was a member of the American Thoracic Society, the Georgia Allergy Society, the Atlanta Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Internal Medicine and is a Founding Fellow of the American Geriatric Society. Throughout his career, Dr. Palay provided medical services to the residents of the William Breman Jewish Home, a 120-bed nursing facility for elderly residents who require 24-hour care and supervision, and served as Medical Director for 17 years. He also served as Chairman of the Medical and Dental Staff for 11 years. Dr. Palay retired in January of 2001, after nearly 40 years of practicing internal medicine in Atlanta. During a reception in his honor, the medical suite at the Jewish Home was dedicated to him by his Laureate Medical Group colleagues in response to his inspiring commitment to the health of his patients, to the community at large, and the Jewish Community in particular. In 1958, Dr. Palay earned his wings as a helicopter pilot while training at Fort Rucker in Ozark, AL. He was subsequently stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ, the Army Electronic Proving Ground, where his flight skills were destined to become one of his proudest accomplishments. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra Palay, whom he married at the Mayfair Club in Atlanta; his daughter, Dr. Deborah Anaya Palay; his son, Dr. David Palay and his wife Debbie; his grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Palay; his sister, Madeline Urken and her husband Ronnie; and his brother-in law, Dr. Daniel Kingloff and his wife Barbara. His love of family and his children and grandchildren was imparted by his wisdom, kindness, and ready smile. Special thanks to his caregivers Amy Kane and Sophia Johnson and Weinstein Hospice for their excellent care and compassion. An online guestbook is available at www.edressler.com. The family requests donations in his memory be made to The William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30327, www.wbjh.org. Graveside services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with Rabbi Ronald Segal and Rabbi Philip Kranz officiating. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 7, 2013
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