JEFFREY EASTON KELSEY Jeffrey Easton Kelsey, M.D., Ph. D., age 48 of Atlanta, Georgia, born in Toronto, Canada passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2006 following a long illness. His family members include his wife, Marlene, daughter, Lauren, sons, Stephen and Sasha, his parents, Easton "Kell" and Joanne Kelsey of Fairport, N.Y., who have resided in Atlanta through the last months of Dr. Kelsey's illness; a brother John of Rochester, N.Y. and his devoted mother-in-law, Hilda of Miami, FL and other relatives who reside in Canada. Dr. Kelsey received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, his M.D. at the University of Miami and Residency at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He devoted his professional life to the care of his patients. His profession offered opportunities to share his scholarship and research in many parts of the world and his work was widely published. His wife and children, pets, family members, friends and colleagues, near and far, were at the center of his universe. He will be remembered by all who love him as the most caring and respected of physicians, the dearest of sons, the most loving husband, father and son-in-law and the very best of friends. His daughter Lauren reminds us that it is not the number of breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away. A funeral service was held Saturday, December 2 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Deacon Tom Shuler officiating. Memorial tributes and condolences may be posted to Dr. Kelsey and his family by visiting www.mem.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Winship Cancer Institute, 1365-B, Clifton Road, Room B, 4100, Atlanta, GA 30322. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, N.E., Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (404) 851-9900.
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 3, 2006.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
My daughter, Lauren was a patient of Dr. Kelsey's for 10 years. He restored her to good health, we had the utmost repect and gratitude for him. You have our deepest sympathies and prayers. Terry Hartman
December 14, 2006
My heart goes out to you. I was shocked to learn of Dr. Kelsey's passing today from another Woodward parent. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything at all. My thoughts are especially with Stephen, as I knew him so well from our work together, but I will hold your entire family in my prayers.
December 9, 2006
I am so sad to hear of Dr.Kelsey's death. As a staff person with Families First, I worked with the Kelseys to complete their adoption. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
December 8, 2006
To the Kelsey Family, I am so saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Kelsey. He will be missed by many. His warmth, love and compassion will always be in my memories of Dr. Kelsey.
December 6, 2006
December 6, 2006 I was a patient of Dr. Kelsey's for almost a year. The thing I remember most about him, other than the fact that he helped me get my health back, is that he truly cared and he listened not only with his ears, but also with his heart. I will miss him so. His family can be very proud of this extraordinary man and my very deepest sympathy to all who loved him.
December 6, 2006
Dear Marlene, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are all saddened by Jeff's untimely death. We last saw him at Stephen's basketball game at Peachtree United Methodist. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Arif, Sheila & Zain Jiwani
December 4, 2006
I was a patient of Dr. Kelsey's for eight years and I will truly miss him. His love, passion, dedication and professionalism to his work always came through. I first started seeing Dr. Kelsey when he was still at Emory. At one of my appointments, I looked around his office and I asked him if he was a Professor and he smiled and said yes. I told him that I could tell because of all the paperwork on the floor. He just smiled.
I moved to TN this year but continued seeing him. My last appointment with him was in July and he told me how much he enjoyed his work and helping people. I shook his hand and told him that I would be praying for him and wished him well. I'm so thankful to have had the privilege of being one of Dr. Kelsey's patients. He was one in a million!
To his wife, children and extended family, my thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days to come. I hope the family can find some comfort in knowing that your beloved son, husband, and father touched and helped so many lives during his short life. His legacy will live on through his research, books and articles that he left behind, and his work will continue on for many years to come.
Dr. Kelsey was a wonderful Doctor and I will always be grateful to him for his professionalism, kindness and words of encouragement.
December 3, 2006
Jeff Kelsey's extraordinary good works, his kindness, wisdom, humanity, wit, healing powers, and graciousness will truly live forever. I never met anyone with more vitality, nor one who gave greater service. It was truly a privilege to know him.
Dr. Erika Archibald
December 3, 2006
Dr. Kelsey was a wonderful human being and I will be forever grateful for his care and his commitment to restore the good life in me. His kind words and guidance will be with me always. I can hear him even now.