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GRANT--Dr. John Phillips, Jr., an accomplished NYC urologist, died September 15th, 2014 at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 82. At his bedside at the time of death were his four children and his wife, Jane. Dr. Grant practiced urology for over 40 years in New York City. He was a member of the surgical team that performed the first renal transplant done at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1969. After working early in his career at Columbia, he became a staff surgeon at Roosevelt Hospital in 1969 and continued to work there as an attending physician until his retirement in 2005. Dr. Grant was born on January 30, 1932 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1950 and Amherst College in 1954. He served two years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1956. He entered Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1958, graduating in 1962. He completed his residency in urology at Columbia. He served as a volunteer surgeon for three months during the Vietnam war at Rach Hyah Hospital in Saigon. Dr. Grant completed a six-month fellowship in pediatric urology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in 1969 before beginning his formal affiliation with Roosevelt Hospital. He volunteered throughout his early career at Hopital Albert Schweitzer, in Deschapelles, Haiti, the hospital founded by the parents of his first wife, Jenifer Grant. John, who was known as Jerry to his family and early friends, was a founding member of the Zumbyes singing group at Amherst College. He sang with the University Glee Club of NYC for over 20 years. Besides his love for singing, he enjoyed cooking, bridge, opera, political discourse, travel and, most of all, time with his family. His family years were spent in Englewood, New Jersey. He moved to NYC in 1980 where he remained until his death. His favorite vacation spot was a family camp in Belgrade Lakes, Maine where he annually gathered with his children and grandchildren. Dr. Grant is survived by his wife, Jane Robb Grant, his two sisters, Mary Grant of Greenwich, Connecticut and Priscilla Grant of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, along with his children, Dr. Gwendolyn Grant of Durango, Colorado, Dr. John Phillips Grant III of Berkeley, California, Susannah Grant of Santa Monica, California, and Kate Grant Kellogg of Boulder, Colorado, along with 13 grandchildren. Services will be held at The New York Society for Ethical Culture on October 11th, 2014 at 4pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Maine Lakes Resource Center, PO Box 431, Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 21, 2014
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