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NAY--Howard Riley, MD,

known to his friends as "Skip," passed away peacefully on October 6, 2015, in Lynchburg, Virginia after suffering an acute stroke. He was 85. Dr. Nay received his MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1956. After his internship at Bellevue Hospital, he completed his surgical residency at St. Luke's Hospital, NYC. From 1959-1961 he served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Nay was Senior Attending Surgeon and Chief of the Surgery "A" Service at St. Luke's Hospital in New York until his retirement in 2000. He was Instructor in Surgery and Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, College of P&S, and had several articles published in medical publications throughout his career. A talented and innovative surgeon, Dr. Nay was known for his kind bedside manner. He had a private practice in Manhattan at 925 Park Avenue, and later worked at Isabella Nursing Home in New York until 2012. Dr. Nay was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Geraldine "Gerry" Tullock Nay; his parents, Howard E. Nay and Agnes G. Nay of Wheeling, WVA, his brother, Robert E. Nay of Springfield, VA, and his sister Barbara Nay Raine of Charleston, WVA. He is survived by his sister Janet Nay Carenbauer of Wheeling, WVA; his daughters Kathryn Nay Clay of Lynchburg, VA, Betsy Nay Schwengel of Bristol, RI, Jenny Nay Masters of Hastings on Hudson, NY; his grandchildren Luke, Dina, Riley and Teddy; his sons in law, Lucius D. Clay of Lynchburg, VA and Robert H. Schwengel of Bristol, RI; brother and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Godwin of Alpharetta, GA, and many beloved nieces and nephews. A celebratory service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 11:30am in the chapel at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. Interment of his remains and service in Onteora Cemetery, Tannersville, NY will take place in summer, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to The Onteora Theater, PO Box 546, Tannersville, NY 12485.

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 9, 2015
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