MOHANDAS M. KINI
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Kini, Mohandas M. A prominent Boston eye surgeon, died September 24th in the loving arms of his wife at home in San Francisco. Dr. Kini, who suffered from renal failure for five years, was 78. A funeral mass will be held Friday, October 3rd at 10:30AM in St. Peter's Church 100 Concord Avenue Cambridge. Dr. Kini grew up in southern India and went on to become a renowned eye surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, as well as a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Harvard and Boston University. In the late 1970s, he pioneered new eye surgeries, treating world leaders and local Boston residents alike. In the mid-1980s, at a time when some doctors were wary of treating AIDS patients, Dr. Kini helped identify and treat a retina detachment common to AIDS patients. A colleague described him as a person "to be admired for his gracious manner, absolute integrity, compassionate care, technical mastery, conservative judgment and availability to his patients." In 1957, when he was 21 years old, he left India on a steamship and travelled to Canada to further his education. He was a rare clinician and researcher: in addition to his MD from Yale, he earned a PhD in biochemistry from McGill and did pioneering work identifying enzymes responsible for the metabolism of alcohol in the liver. He went on to become President of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Despite his success in the U.S., Dr. Kini never forgot his roots. He helped to fund the creation of Sankara Nethralaya, the most advanced eye hospital in southern India. He also periodically flew back to perform marathon cataract surgeries in open-air tents, completing as many as 150 operations in 3 days in order to, in his words, "break the bond between poverty and blindness." In 1963, while at Yale, Dr. Kini met Joanne Fontana at a lecture in New Haven. He came from a devoutly Hindu family; she came from a devoutly Catholic one. It was an untraditional romance that lasted for 49 years. They were married in 1965, had five children and travelled the world. Dr. Kini is survived by Joanne; children Larissa, Mark, Tara, Maya, and Sarah Kini; sons-in-law Joshua Davis and Shamus Roller; sisters Padmini Kini, Indumathy Kamath, and Poornima Nayak; and six grandchildren. If you would like to make a memorial gift, please consider a donation to Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust http://www.omtrust.org/index.html. Online guestbook www.brownandhickey.com Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534 617-547-1500

Published by Boston Globe from Sep. 29 to Sep. 30, 2014.
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Sending you many prayers. Mohandas was a wonderful man, physician and friend. Through the past years your family has crossed my mind. May he rest in peace.
Greg Mahoney
January 26, 2021
May his gentle soul rest in peace and you feel his warmth wrapped around you as you keep fond memories close. I found him to be such an inspiring, delightful man as he took care of me. Though some time has passed, the void in life is never filled. Recently I was graced with the pleasure of meeting your granddaughter Bianca at a local Boston competition. She has been blessed with many similar characteristics as Dr.Kini. She reminded me so much of her grandfather in many ways, both with a gentle loving spirit.
Sumit Patel
January 26, 2021
May he rest easy! He was such a wonderful caring man! He really meant so much to my mother! Thinking of you all! I hope he’s smiling with Ruth!
Susan Moralez
Susan Moralez
September 23, 2020
I am forever grateful of not only the expertise and care Dr Kini provided, but for touching my life and allowing me to see not only with my eyes but more importantly my heart.
Much Peace, Love and Strength to Joanne and children.
Bryan Macy
Bryan Macy
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September 24, 2019
Dear Joanne
I want you to know I am thinking of you as I do quite often. God bless his beautiful soul. He was one of a kind and I will never forget how special he was to my mother Ruth! May he rest easy! Thank you both for loving my mom the way you did over the years.
Susan Moralez
September 23, 2019
Dear Kini family members,
I was heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr Kini. I was a relatively young man when Dr Kini saved my vision the first time. He has done a total of five retinal repairs in all. I am now 51 yrs old. I am eternally grateful for all he has done for me. I Always looked forward to my checkups, it meant being greeted with that big warm smile. When the checkup concluded he would always say "Mr Macy the good lord is smiling upon you today" he truly made my world warm and optimistic. I and my family will miss him dearly. I know that the good lord is now smiling upon him and his remarkable heart. God Bless
Bryan Macy
January 13, 2015
Dear Joanne and family,

I only learned today about the death of my twin resident at Mass Eye and Ear. We first met in 1967 and have not kept in touch since I left Boston in 1971, I vividly recall Mohandas' wit, high work ethic and intelligence. Please accept my (and Ziva's) condolences. He was a wonderful fellow resident and I know that he favorably influenced the lives of countless people.

Andy
Andrew Dahl
December 30, 2014
Sorry sorry we could not be wake. I just got out of hospital an could not drive. Joan was not feeling well eaither, Joanne could you please send me or Joan. Your email address or me.

You and your family were in our prayers

Veronica Mutti an Joan Scerra
October 9, 2014
Dr.Kini operated on my retina in 1990, the morning after my 90 year old mother had cracked up her car. Every time I saw him for check ups he would ask how she was. He remembered every single detail of the surgery he did on each of his patients, just a remarkable man. You knew he cared about you as his warmth always made you feel special. He had classical music playing in the OR while he operated. Not only was he brilliant, but amusing, and his personality enveloped you with peace and comfort. I really love this man.
October 9, 2014
Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
October 4, 2014
Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
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Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
October 4, 2014
Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
October 4, 2014
Dear Joanne,

The sad news of MO's demise has left me shattered and benumbed and I am yet to come to terms with the stark reality and magnitude of the loss, a man who would leave his impression on anyone who even had a chance meeting with him, it is little wonder that the long association and deep relationship with me make his absence a void hard to fill. His humor and ready wit were the lighter side of the man who was intensely caring, concerned and affectionate and always ready to extend a helping hand. I have always wondered and admired his scientific temperament and searching mind, always on to something new and fresh and the inimitable ringing voice with which he shared all that he perceived. A gentleman in the true spirit he would never belittle or demean a fellow human being, a lesser accomplished person like me.

We looked upon him s the very epitome of New England's intellectualism and Bostonian culture, a master of the sartorial order of the day, ever so willing to share his class and elitism with new comers to the States. An erudite scholar and excellent conversationalist he would regale guests and friends with his never ending repertoire of anecdotes and facts gathered from a life time of passionate reading.

Dr MO's association and encouragement had a deep impact on me and spurred my conviction to start a service oriented eye care centre in India which took the form of Sankara Nethralaya. I vividly recall his deep interest in conducting epidemiological studies at our institution. He was highly concerned and passionate about enhancing Medicare in his homeland and would bring instruments and equipments so thoughtfully collected like Santa Claus on his visits to India. A true friend of Sankara Nethralaya he would play the role of a warm host to our doctors visiting the USA, accommodating them at his home and tending to their needs, this was a major saving in our boarding/lodging expenses. His thoughtful donations in the 80's which were our formative years helped a fledgling institution to take a giant step forward.

I recall with nostalgia the wonderful eye surgical camp he organized at his personal cost at his native South Kanara and how he endeared himself with the local ophthalmologists with his fluency in Tulu and disarming attitude, my mind races back to indelible green memories of his Prince charming persona as he stood before Prime Minister at the Srimathi M.S.Subbulakshmi fund raiser at New Delhi, the trouble he took to arrange for the visit of his Guru Dr. Taylor Smith to India and Sankara Nethralaya and his setting up of the Ultrasonography department in 1983.

I consider myself most fortunate to have been associated with him and his most adorable family and convey my heartfelt condolences to Maya, Larissa, Mark, Tarah, Sarah and all in the family.

We all love you MO, wherever you are continue to be happy and bring cheer to one and all like you always did. Innumerable professional and personal friends

Regards

Badri, Vasanthi
and the Sankara Nethralaya family.
Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath
October 3, 2014
Dear Joanne and family,
With all my love and prayers for you at this sad time. My prayers for Mohandas, that he may rest in the peace of our loving God.
Rosemarie Dunning
October 2, 2014
May the Lord receive him with open arms
Huguette Viel
October 2, 2014
Dear Joanne and family, so sorry to hear of Dr Kini's passing I remember Dr Kini and family fondly..
Jean Larkin
October 1, 2014
Joanne our heart felt sympathy to you all.
Louise and Mary Beth Cormier
October 1, 2014
Dear Joanne,

My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of Mohandas. He was a gentleman and a nice guy. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Stephen Rotondi
September 30, 2014
My sincerest condolences Joanne, I was very sad to hear of Dr. Kini's passing. He is a wonderful man. Please know I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. You now have a beautiful angel watching over all of you. You both were so wonderful to my mother and she loved you both so much. I will keep him in my prayers. God Bless him!
Susan Moralez
September 30, 2014
My sincerest condolences Joanne, Larissa, Mark, Tara, Maya, Sarah and all grandchildren and spouses. Mohandas was an amazing man. He changed his part of the world forever for the good. What more of a legacy can you ask for? My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Paul Spagnolia
September 30, 2014
It is only fitting that Mohandes would be well cared for by his family and caregivers...look how he gave to his patients & the world! My prayers and thoughts are with you. Bet Van Over Giligan
September 30, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy for to all of you. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Akeley
September 30, 2014
Joanne, I am so very sorry for your loss. My Mom spoke of Dr. Kini often and of how much she enjoyed working with him. I will always appreciate the kindness and generousity the both of you shared with my Mom. Lisa Fletcher (Ruth's daughter) God Bless
September 30, 2014
My mother was operated on by Dr. Kini twice. We always spoke of him as the kindest, most gentle physician we have ever had the pleasure to meet.
I am deeply sorry for your great loss.
Marie Adinolfi
Wakefield MA
September 30, 2014
My husband was most fortunate to have his vision saved by Dr. Kini. We will always be grateful and remember him as a woderful doctor and a truly gentle and kind man. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Mary & Phil Harding
September 30, 2014
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