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Michael Thomas Gyepes


1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Michael Thomas Gyepes Obituary
October 16, 1933 - December 18, 2017 Michael T. Gyepes, M.D. died in his home of natural causes on December 18, 2017. On October 16, 1933, Mike was born in Budapest Hungary to a middle class Jewish family, the oldest child of Laszlo and Elizabeth Gyepes. In early 1944, the German army invaded Hungary and began deporting Jews to concentration camps. Risking their own lives, Catholic nuns successfully hid ten-year-old Mike from the Nazis until the war ended. Following World War II, Gyepes completed high school and,like his father, matriculated to medical school. In 1956, the Soviet army invaded Hungary. Michael fled the country becoming a political refugee in Vienna. At the age of 23, he immigrated to the United States relocating to Los Angeles. The following year, he continued his medical studies at UCSF. While in San Francisco, he met and married Edna Silton. In New York, he completed his internship and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He went on to residency and fellowship in pediatric radiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Stanford University, before commencing a career in academic medicine at UCLA-eventually becoming a full professor and chief of pediatric radiology. In 1978, he moved into private practice at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. After retiring from Long Beach Memorial, he worked part-time at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, finally retiring from medicine at the age of 78. Mike loved classical music, theater, film, literature, languages and history. He authored four historical novels under the pseudonym Michael T.G. Yepes. In 2011, after 52 years of marriage he suffered the loss of his beloved wife, Edna. Thereafter, Mike actively participated in the Plato Society of Los Angeles and lectured at the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. Mike's testimony about his World War II experience is archived with the Shoah Foundation. Mike is survived by his children David (Shirley), Steven (Kendra), Nancy (Lloyd), 7 grandchildren, his sister Judit, cousin Robert, many relatives, great nieces and nephews and friends. Memorial Services will be held on December 28 at 10:00 a.m., at Hillside Mortuary, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the UCLA and/or UCSF Schools of Medicine.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2017
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