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Roy A.E. Bakay, M.D., 1949-2013. Dr. Bakay, a compassionate and skilled neurosurgeon, a caring father, a life love companion, and a dear friend to many, passed away Sep. 5, 2013 after a long fight with stomach cancer. He is survived by his four children, Mark, Scott, Candace and Jacqueline Bakay and his first grandson Maximillion, the son of Scott and Monica Bakay. Dr. Bakay was a leading authority on Parkinson's disease and specialized in surgery for movement disorders. His research focused on neural tissue transplantation and gene therapy techniques that spanned a career of over 40 years. He also was instrumental in developing cutting edge stereotactic surgery for Parkinson's tremors. Dr. Bakay was listed as Chicago's Top Doctors over eight times and won numerous awards including AMA Physician Recognition Award, A. Watson Armour III and Sarah Armour Presidential Chair, Philip Gildenberg Award, and the Molly and Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he continued his academic medical career authoring four books, 56 chapters, over 153 journal articles and 314 other publications. Dr. Bakay was a consummate physician/scientist, totally dedicated to improving the lives of his patients that suffered from movement disorders. Dr. Bakay also lived a rich personal life outside the medical arena. He was a world traveler, and loved experiencing international food and culture. In recent years, he and his love Cheryl Morris shared many wonderful trips, which, in spite of his infamous struggles with fashion, were filled with adventure, laughter and exploration. He was an avid deep sea fisherman, and was a great teller of 'big-fish' stories. He also was big fan of all sporting events and grew to become a true supporter of Chicago sports teams. He never shied away from providing his opinion of movies, sports and culture, and his humor and quiet, quick wit will be missed by all. Dr. Bakay loved each of his four children dearly, and was a proud new grandpa to his four month old grandson, Maximillion. The precious time that he had with Max was filled with joy. Dr. Bakay will be missed by a family who truly loved him and all those who knew him. A Celebration of life will be held Sat. Sept. 14, 2013 at the 500 Club at Rush University Medical Center Professional Building from 5 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson's research would be appreciated. Arrangements by Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, North Riverside. Info: 708-447-2500 or www.kuratko-nosek.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013
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