Richard Ehrenkranz
1946 - 2018
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Ehrenkranz, Richard
Richard A. Ehrenkranz, MD, 72, of Hamden, CT, died peacefully at Connecticut Hospice on August 8, 2018 from complications related to metastatic rectal cancer. He was surrounded by his family and close friends throughout the final stages of his illness. Dr. Ehrenkranz was a neonatologist and an international leader in the field of infant nutrition and clinical research. He spent his 42-year academic and clinical career at Yale University School of Medicine. He is remembered as a generous colleague who had a remarkable ability to present complex topics in a clear and memorable way. As news of his advancing illness spread, he received countless emails from mentees, students and peers thanking him for being an inspirational leader who was always willing to share his time and knowledge.
Dr Ehrenkranz also shone clinically. His patients and their families benefitted from holistic and compassionate care that led many of them to stay in contact with him year after year. In the week before his death, he received an email from a patient thanking him for saving his life in 1979. Despite having seen more than 20,000 patients over the course of his career, Dr. Ehrenkranz remembered both the patient's name and diagnosis without hesitation. "My patients have given so much to me," he said.
Dr. Ehrenkranz was born July 28, 1946 in Newark, NJ, to Robert and Miriam Ehrenkranz. He grew up in West Orange, NJ and, after graduating West Orange Mountain High School in 1964, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1964-1968). He then received his MD from Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York (1968-1972). Following medical school, he trained in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT (1972-1974) and then spent 2 years at the Pregnancy Research Center, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Ehrenkranz returned to New Haven, CT in July 1976 and performed a Neonatology Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine from 1976-1978. He joined the faculty of Yale Medical School in July 1978, was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics in 1988, and remained an active member of the Department until June 2018. He directed Yale's School of Medicine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's (NICU) Clinical Research Program and was the NICU's Clinical Director (1982-2004) and Medical Director (2004-2012). He was the Interim Director of the NICU, Yale-New Haven Hospital from 2012-2015.
Dr. Ehrenkranz continued to live his life fully after his diagnosis in 2010, inspiring others with his courage and dignity until the end. He is preceded in his death by his parents, Robert and Miriam. He is survived by his beloved wife Susan, whom he married in 2000 and with whom he built a wonderful life full of family, friends, gardening, travel, and dinner parties. He is also survived by his sister Cheryl and her partner Stuart Motew; his sons and their families: Jeff and Brianne and their children Seamus and Rory; Peter and Callista and their children Aviva and Franklin; and his step-sons and their wives: Thomas Cohn III, Nicholas Cohn and Benvy Caldwell, and Andrew Cohn and Jennifer Tierney.
To celebrate Richard's life, a memorial service will be held at Yale University's Battell Chapel, 400 College St, New Haven, CT at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 333 Cedar Street/PO Box 208064, New Haven, CT 06520-8064, or Connecticut Hospice, Inc, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Published in The New Haven Register from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15, 2018.
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February 9, 2019
I missed Richard's passing last August. It was my pleasure to know him for many years and to engage in discussions about neonatal nutrition- mostly about how much remained unknown. He always was a gentleman, always kind, always generous, and often good for a laugh. He is missed.
Judith Hall
August 21, 2018
Susan, Jeff, Peter and Cheryl...
so saddened along with you at the loss of one of the Ehrenkranz young "uns. he lived a life as a consummate professional and as the head of his thriving family
may his memory be a blessing to you all
jules schneider
August 21, 2018
jules schneider
August 21, 2018
August 20, 2018
Rest In Peace knowing all you have contributed to this world.
MIchele Lozano
August 20, 2018
Dr. Ehrenkranz was one of my "nutrition heroes" in the world of neonatology. His work inspired me to give babies I cared for the very best nutrition we could offer.
Nancy Kraft NNP
Vanderbilt School of Nursing
Nancy Kraft
August 19, 2018
With sincere condoiances to the Ehrenkranz family. Rich was a wonderful neighbor and friend during the years our children were growing up. I'll always remember his kind smile and gentile nature. His reputation in the medical arena was beyond reproach. We will all miss him.
mary weber
August 19, 2018
Dear Susan,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Richard's kindness. I especially remember his exceptional compassion to Lew during their conversations. Richard was truly a special person. In sympathy, Laura Nicoletti
Laura Nicoletti
August 15, 2018
Dr. Richard Ehrenkranz was an inspiration to all who knew him. He contributed so much to advance the care of high-risk and preterm infants. His work will be acknowledged for years to come. His kindness will be in the hearts of all of us.
Pamela Price
August 14, 2018
A truly wonderful person. Kind and compassionate. The world needs more people like Richard. Our love goes out to all of his family.
Christin Sandweiss
August 14, 2018
I am so very sorry to learn of Rich's passing. He was a wonderful man. I will always remember the times our families shared on Cape Cod. My sincere condolences to his wife, sons and each of their families.
Patricia Gips
August 14, 2018
Patricia Gips
August 13, 2018
I am so sorry and deeply saddened to hear about Rich's passing. May God bless his soul. I knew him very well. I remember the young, tall student with curly hair who joined our group at MIT with Dr. Sanford Miller's blessing. He was full of energy and enthusiasm for his ultimate goal of being a physician. Apparently he succeeded and ultimately completed his journey on this planet. My deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends.

Ara Nahapetian, Sc.D. MIT, 1971
Retired Scientist
Ara Nahapetian
August 12, 2018
To whomever is reading this, you don't know me. I am the retired Director of Clinical Nutrition Research at Abbott Nutrition. I still give talks to neonatologists and neonatal dietitions about the the nutrition research with preterm infants. For years now, to impress upon my audiences the critical role of nutrition in the long term developmental outcomes of premature infants I have a series of slides recounting Richard's seminal work in this area. His contributions to understanding the impact of nutrition for the most vulnerable population of patients in the hospital are inestimable. His work and insights will be sorely missed.

Marc L. Masor, Ph.D.
Retired Director, Clinical Nutrition Research
Abbott Nutrition
Marc Masor
August 12, 2018

We are still grieving the loss of such a great friend and neighbor, but happy and inspiring memories of Rich will linger on and on. We send our best wishes to all his family and friends,
George, John and Christine
August 12, 2018
Rich was a great former neighbor on Three
Corners Road, and a caring physician to our grandson in the Yale NICU. Everyone who knew him will miss him. Our sincere condolences to the family.

Nanci and Paul von Maffei
Nanci von Maffei
August 12, 2018
Susan and family,
It is with heartfelt sympathy that I send my condolences to you regarding the passing of such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, doctor and mentor. It was a privilege over the span of many years to have had Richard as my patient to discuss and share our lives and experiences personally and professionally. I will truly miss him. May his memory be a blessing.

Margie Waldeck, R.D.H.
August 11, 2018

Dear Susan and Family,

As new neighbors and friends, we are touched that you and Richard included us in some lovely evenings We knew we were with some very special people.

We are so sad for all of you and our hearts go out to you and your beautiful families.

Most. Sincerely, The Blanchards
August 11, 2018
I was so sad to read this, Dr. Ehrenkranz was one of the reason why my son is alive today. My son lived at the NICU for 10 wks and was always there to console, answer questions and just have an uplifting attitude. He will be greatly missed. The last time I saw him at Park Central Tavern I cried and thanked him for all he had done for my son, showing him pictures of the strapping young man he is today. My condolences and sympathies to Susan & his entire family. Sincerely, Jeanine Aceto
Jeanine Aceto
August 11, 2018
I was so sad to read this, Dr. Ehrenkranz was one of the reason why my son is alive today. My son lived at the NICU for 10 wks and was always there to console, answer questions and just have an uplifting attitude. He will be greatly missed. The last time I saw him at Park Central Tavern I cried and thanked him for all he had done for my son, showing him pictures of the strapping young man he is today. My condolences and sympathies to Susan & his entire family. Sincerely, Jeanine Aceto
August 10, 2018
It is with great sadness that I offer my condolences for the loss of a dear patient of mine. I had the privilege of being the infusion nurse to Richard for about 2 yrs.
He was such a wonderful ,kind hearted person, with a great deal of concern for others.
He will be greatly missed.

- Jeramy
Jeramy Tabuzo
August 10, 2018
A big man with a larger heart. Enriched the lives of our family, adored Susan and loved her sons as his own. Forever grateful for the years we had with you.
Melissa, Alan, Dana and Emma James Matarasso
August 10, 2018
This is very sad news. Rich was a very good man.

Rich Ferguson
August 10, 2018
Rich, Thank you for your groundbreaking work to make little babies grow well....thanks for your amazing inspiration and cool will be terribly missed.
Chris Fusch, Nürnberg
Christoph Fusch
August 10, 2018
So sorry to hear. I have fond memories...the father of my childhood friend Jeff. My condolences
Todd Foley
August 10, 2018
A battle well fought. A life well lived. A friend so dear.
Tom and Vicki Arkins
August 9, 2018
Rich added immeasurably to the lives of thousands of sick and premature babies...and to the lives and careers of those of us who were privileged to be mentored by him as fellows. He will live on in the lives of all of those he taught and cared for.
Katherine Nichols, MD
Yale NPM Fellow 1988-91
August 9, 2018
Oh such heartbreak
A great guy and wonderful Whitfield street neighbor so many years ago
Peggy Robinson
Peggy Robinson
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