FORDE--Dr. Kenneth A. Columbia University Irving Medical Center celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Dr. Kenneth A. Forde, a distinguished colleague and cherished friend. He was a trusted and compassionate physician, and an empathic and dedicated mentor, helping to train generations of leading surgeons at Columbia. His kindness, warmth, and generosity were felt by everyone who knew him. Dr. Forde graduated from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1959, and served on the Columbia faculty for over fifty years. He rose to the rank of professor of clinical surgery, and in 1996 was named the Jose M. Ferrer Professor in surgery, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. A gifted surgeon, Dr. Forde specialized in diseases of the colon, and pioneered the use of endoscopy as a diagnostic and surgical tool. He served as a trustee of Columbia University, where he chaired the Committee on Health Sciences, and of New York -Presbyterian. He also served on the Board of Advisors of the medical center and the Board of Visitors of Columbia's School of Nursing. He was predeceased by Kareitha, his beloved wife of sixty years, and is survived by his son, Trevor, his grandchildren, and an extended family of nieces and nephews. We will miss Dr. Forde's friendship, wise counsel, and enthusiasm, and we offer our condolences to the entire Forde family. Lee Goldman, MD Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Published in The New York Times from June 4 to June 5, 2019