Charles A. Shamoian
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Shamoian, Charles A.

Charles A. Shamoian, M.D., passed away peacefully at home on May 12, 2014. He leaves behind his true companion and wife of fifty-two years, Paula Fae, his adored children, Paula Ann Katze and Chaz Shamoian, his much loved son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Michele, and grandchildren Jason, Evan and Briana. His generosity, love and warmth shone through in every moment with his family.

Charles was a first generation American, born on October 5, 1931 in Worcester, MA to Garabed and Anna Shamoian. After receiving his PhD and MD from Tufts University in Massachusetts, he joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. His distinguished 38 year career included serving as Cornell's Director of the Division of Geriatric Services and President of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. According to his colleagues, Charles "epitomized the healing physician, asking little for himself, but demonstrating compassion, sensitivity, and dedication to his patients above and beyond at all times." Charles loved gardening, dogs of all shapes and sizes, first edition books, Yankees baseball, Brooks Brothers shirts, CNN news, and peanut butter anything. As a physician, a colleague, a husband, a father and a grandfather, he will be deeply missed and always loved.

Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York, PA, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801.

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Published in The Journal News on May 15, 2014.
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September 25, 2014
Dr. Shamoian was my psychiatrist for many years, up until his retirement - which is the only reason I would ever have left his care. I loved him - plain and simple. He cared in a way that few PEOPLE ever do. I wish I had known about his passing before now. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest in Peace.
Marcy Mechanic
May 22, 2014
Dr. Shamoain was, and will always remain, one of the best role models for physicians of all generations. For those of us who were lucky to have trained under him, his compassionate, empathic demeanor, team building and listening skills will be our guiding light in our everyday clinical journey. You will be fondly remembered by many. Our thoughts and prayers to everyone in your family. With much appreciation,
Maria De Pena-Nowak
Maria De Pena-Nowak
May 21, 2014
Charlie was a sweet and generous man. His patients always said the same thing about him, "He's wonderful, he is so sweet. He is so smart. He told it like it was. He helped me a lot. He was amazing and caring". We'll miss you.
Jan Alscher
May 20, 2014
Dear Paula,

I remember all of the times, with our many collaborations, that Charlie told me to call him at home; and then you'd answer, his loving protective barrier.

How lucky he was to have you, and how lucky we all were to have him.

I send you and your family my deepest condolences. What a remarkable human was dearest Charlie Shamoian

With love, Nina Shilling
May 20, 2014
A wonderful doctor, loyal Payne Whitney confrere,a good friend. Condolences to Paula.Heal well.
peter wilson
May 20, 2014
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charlie. I had the pleasure of working with him at Payne Whitney, and continued to think of him as a friend over the years. He was an outstanding psychiatrist who was passionate about his work with patients, always using his gentle caring manner. My sincere condolence to Paula and his family, whom he valued and kept in high esteem. I will forever appreciate having had the opportunity of working with a physician of such character. Rest In Peace Charlie--Your Work Speaks For You!
Eddie Mae Barnes
May 19, 2014
I am sorry to hear of the death of this honorable and kind physician and very good man.He will be missed
carol sandak
May 18, 2014
Dr. Shamoian was a wonderful human being and excellent physician. What set him apart was his generosity, kindness, humor and care for all - patients and staff alike. Deepest condolences to each member of his family.
Penny Dollard
May 16, 2014
With fond memories of a lovely, gentle man who was also a superb physician.
Paula & Bill Frosch
Paula & Bill Frosch
May 16, 2014
I had the good fortune to train with Charlie way back on Payne Whitney 5. He was always available with sage and sound advice blended with lots of warmth and humor. He was a wonderful teacher, a gifted physician and healer. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Nora Brockner
May 16, 2014
I knew Charlie from way back at Payne Whitney. He was a lovely, funny man, and a good doctor. My deepest condolences.
Mark Spiegel
May 16, 2014
It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Shamoian at the evaluation center where I interpreted for deaf patients. Dr. Shamoian always demonstrated empathy and delivered outstanding serives to these patients. In addition to this I enjoyed learning and laughing with him in the office.
Dawn P.
May 15, 2014
What other colleagues have written about Dr. Shamoian are similar to what I knew of him. I had the privilege of working with Charley for three years at the Partial Hospital. He was wise and caring with staff and patients. He sat with me the first time I had to tell a young college student and her family that she had the symptoms of schizophrenia. I'll never forget his kindness in this. I know many patients who have said he "saved my life" through his skill, in not only adjusting or changing their medications, but also through giving them hope and treating them as fellow human beings.

Dr. Shamoian was our Dept. of Nursing's first recipient of the Physician of the Year Award back in 2005 for his collegiality, collaboration, and contributions to nursing practice.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and all of the family at this time of great loss.
Carolyn Castelli
May 15, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Shamoian was such a great person. A great teacher, colleague and doctor. My patients and their families still talk about him. He will continue to live on in our memories.
Parinda Parikh
May 15, 2014
Charles was a gifted mentor,a sage clinician and a sweet generous friend to generations of residents,patients and colleagues.
He was unique and a void is left.
Roger Granet
May 15, 2014
Charlie was an exemplary model for all who were fortunate to know him. A giant mensch , consumate professional, patient teacher and mentor, and a man with a GOLDEN heart . It hurts to know he is no longer with us. He will always be a Blessed memory for all of us . My deepest condolences to Paula and his loving family. Anna Marie
May 15, 2014
Dr. Shamoian "call me Charly" welcomed me 8 years ago as a new attending psychiatrist "come sit here next to me" on my first attending call night at the hospital. I watched his kind, caring bedside manner with patients. I witnessed patient's and colleagues' faces light up when he greeted them again. Dr. Shamoian: a superb physcian healer, a treasured colleague and professional mentor. Such a career so well done. He is missed. A life well lived. He teaches me again.
Julia Becker
May 15, 2014
A warm and caring clinician teacher and beloved collegue who touched many lives and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Margo Fugate
May 15, 2014
Dr. Charlie Shamoian will never be forgotten His legacy continues to live on at NYP Westchester. He was a wonderful doctor and humanitarian
Laurel Torres
May 15, 2014
Charlie Shamoian was larger than life as a person and as a physician. He practiced truly patient centered care before this ever became a focus in the hospital world. He was a warm, funny and very real person who touched the lives of patients and staff alike. He will be very much missed by all of us.
Barbara Waltman
May 15, 2014
Think of him all the time. A huge loss to all. My prayers go out to the family for he will be sorely missed.
Patricia Gorley
May 15, 2014

Dr. Shamoian was a wonderful teacher and kind doctor who always had time to help anyone in need. He has been missed greatly at the hospital and I send my thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.
Cathie Bookless
May 15, 2014
An exemplary physician and a friend. He will be missed.
Stephen Hurt
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