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BANOV, JR., Leon Dr. Leon Banov, Jr. died March 26, 2007, in Charleston, S.C. Those who knew him will miss his kindness, wisdom, and big smile. He lived a full life, treated his patients well, and showed care and generosity toward his family and friends. We were lucky to have him in our lives, and he leaves an open spot in our hearts. Dr. Banov, also known as Doc, is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita Landesman Banov, his brother, Morton, and his sister, Roslyn Banov Wyman. Dr. Banov was born Dec. 19, 1914, on Mill Street in Charleston, the son of Dr. Leon Banov, Charleston County's Public Health Director for nearly 50 years, and Minnie Monash Banov. He graduated from the High School of Charleston, the College of Charleston, and the Medical College of South Carolina. Following an internship and residencies in Baltimore, Washington, and Cleveland, Ohio, he practiced proctology in Charleston for 55 years. He also served as Clinical Professor of Surgery and Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was president of the Piedmont Proctologic Society, the Charleston County Medical Society, and the Coastal Medical Society. He was committed to his field of medicine. In 1973 he was selected to be on the first federal government panel on hemorrhoidal drugs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the first such federal research project. In March 1978, he testified to the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, The United States spent $50 million to study the backside of the moon that never caused any of us any trouble, but not one red cent to study the backsides of our own suffering people. The quote was publicized in the press across the country, and he remained proud that he had shed light on a topic considered unmentionable. At the same time he was quick to joke about his profession and called himself the Rear Admiral. Dr. Banov became a prolific writer on the history of proctology and surgery and was active in the Waring Library Society, serving as its president. He wrote more than 60 scientific and medical history articles that were published in surgical and medical journals and books. He was a devoted member of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and served as its president, as did his wife, Rita. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston for dozens of years and was president in 1985. He was a founding director of The Bank of South Carolina and served on its board for many years. After becoming an Eagle Scout in high school in 1929, Dr. Banov became a lifelong contributor to the health of Boy Scouts locally, and in 1988 was honored with its Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He was an avid chess player and was twice chess champion of Charleston. He loved traveling, photography and fine dining. Most of all, he was a gentleman who loved his family. He and Rita, whom he nicknamed Miss Toots, were married for nearly 58 years. Together, they raised two children and were role models to their four grandchildren, nephews, nieces and countless others. Dr. Banov is survived by his son, Alan Banov of Kensington, Md.; daughter, Jane Banov Bergen and husband Lester, of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren Jessica L. Banov of Fayetteville, N.C.; Leah S. Bergen of Washington, D.C.; Rachel K. Banov of Washington, D.C.; and Joel H. Bergen of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter-in-law Marla Banov of Kensington, Md.; and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful women who cared for Dr. Banov over the past five years. They treated him like family, and their devotion is deeply appreciated. Dr. Banov's funeral will be at K. K. Beth Elohim at eleven o'clock, Thursday, March 29, 2007. Burial will be in the Beth Elohim Cemetery, Huguenin Avenue, North Charleston. Friends may call at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL Wednesday between five and seven o'clock. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to K. K. Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell St., Charleston, S.C. 29401, or the Rita L. and Leon Banov Jr., M.D. Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation, 90 Mary Street, Charleston, S.C. 29403. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Mar. 28, 2007.
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April 6, 2007
Alan & Jane with families:

My deepest sympathy at the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Christina Goldman
April 2, 2007
A wonderful man, a wonderful family. I feel so privileged to have known him and all of the Banov’s.
John M. Rivers, Jr.
March 31, 2007
Alan-your Father sounds like he was a wonderful man.I am sure you will miss him but you were fortunate to have him for so many years.
Joel Bennett
March 30, 2007
The Banov Family, My deepest sympathies for your loss. Dr. Banov was one of the best of the best as a boss, teacher, and perfect gentleman. I worked as his office nurse in 1979-1981. He used to tell me that I didn't work for him, I worked with him. My son, Joe, drew him a "Hippolotamus" with a bandaid on the rear that Doc got a real kick out of and I did a few cross stitch pictures for his office. I was a Thompson then but now am a George. I missed working with him so much when I moved to VA. Bless you all.
March 29, 2007
Another bright, shining light has gone out in this troubled world. Leon was a man who practiced his religion as a way of life and personified all good things in a man that we, his friends, remember and hold dear - a devoted husband to his soul mate, Rita, and a loving father and grandfather to Jane and Alan and their children. A good life well lived!
Sara Bernstein/Baumwald
March 29, 2007
Dear Banov family, I met Doc in 1970 when I was at COC. I was in real pain and he treated me both physically and mentally. He asked about my eating, water consumption, and excretion habits. Then he told me what I must do to correct all three. I told him that I could start the serious fiber and water consumption but I didn't go to the john ever morning. He told me we should learn something new regularly; consequently, learn to go every morning. I asked how and he said to just do it. From that day until now I have had little if any problems there. I told him later that he had cured me which cost him money. He smiled and said that he would manage without me. A real healer with a great sense of humor and always the gentleman. I feel our loss.
Mark Maddox
March 29, 2007
Helen and I will miss Leon since we were with him so often and will miss that "HI" when you walk in the door. He was a great man and accomplished many outstanding things in his profession. He always kept behind in his work and he would joke about it. We have known the Banov family for decades and Helen's family even longer. You must now go from strength to strength.
Helen and Herb Goldberg
March 29, 2007
We say to the Family, continue to hold on, keep the Faith, knowing that there is no sorrows that Jesus cannot heal, no hurt that he cannot feel, for all things work according to the Master's plan and his Holy will. So no matter what you are going through, remember that God is only using you, so continue to stay strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, knowing that the battle is not yours it's the Lord.
Georganna & Shekera Washington
March 29, 2007
Great doctor and a fine man.
Edward Wagner
March 28, 2007
Sorry to learn of the family's loss. He was a great contributor to his patients, his congregation, and the community in which he lived and served for many years. May his legacy of service be an everlasting source of comfort to those who mourn his passing.
Rich & Gloria Lapin
March 28, 2007
Hello Jane and Alan,
It was so nice to talk to you, Jane. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Dr. Banov was the best boss I every had in my years of working.
He always had a smile and never complained. He was the best.
My condolence to all the family.
Margie Dempsey
Margie Dempsey
March 28, 2007
My mother Georgia and sister Tina were two of Doc's caregivers they would always tell me how pleasant and polite he was. I met him once, indeed he was.
Deepest sympathy
Annette Holmes
March 28, 2007
Susan just called. So sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you and give you His peace.
Dave & Colleen Anderson
March 28, 2007
Dr. Banov treated my mother many years ago, and she always spoke about what a fine doctor and gentleman he was. May your family find great comfort in his legacy and wonderful life of service. Sincerely, Ms. Mildred C. Washington
Mildred Washington
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