Mark W. Izard M.D.
Mark W. Izard, M.D., 86, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Mark was an exceptional man of sharp intelligence, quick wit, compassion, and always equipped with a good story. He was intently non-political and a champion of good patient care for all people. Mark loved his family, his patients, his colleagues and Hartford Hospital. He married Margery Lyman of Hinsdale, MA in 1955, and together they had four children: Thomas (Paula) Izard of Wethersfield, Laura (Peter) Schilke of Gales Ferry, Jeffrey Izard (Alisyn Hendel) of New London, and Jennifer (Lynwood) Crary of Preston. Sadly, he was predeceased by Peter Schilke in 2018. His extended family includes eleven grandchildren: Marci Izard Sharif and Blair Izard; Peter Thomas, Erik, Jonathan, and Sarah Schilke; Grayson Izard-Dann and Molly Izard-Gibb; Peter, Hannah, and Nathaniel Crary. Also, four great-grandchildren: Olivia Dann, Scarlett Gibb, Leia Sharif and Zachary Mark Sharif; and three stepchildren: Matthew Moskal, Samantha Sanborn, and Elizabeth Sanborn Hall. Mark especially enjoyed the time he spent with his life companion Denise Robinson. He also truly valued the company of his best friend, Virginia Vilcinskas, and the loyalty of his good friend, Geoff Briscoe. Mark's father, professor Thomas Izard, was born in Izard County, Arkansas and was director of Summer Session and the School of General Studies at Columbia University. Mark's mother, Mary Margaret Pettus, was born in Pettusville, Alabama and graduated from Athens College in Athens, Alabama. Born and raised in New York City, Mark attended Trinity School for twelve years and was class representative and fraternity president the last two years. He performed well at the high hurdles and participated in the national track meet at Madison Square Garden in 1949. After receiving undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia University, Dr. Izard moved to Connecticut for residency, finishing as Chief Resident, President of House Staff, and Editor of the Hartford Hospital Bulletin. He was the first Leonard Fellow at Hartford Hospital. He went on to practice internal medicine and nephrology at Hartford Hospital for fifty years and was known as a working machine dedicated to good patient care. Some colleagues called him the Father of Dialysis in Connecticut. Dr. Izard brought kidney dialysis to Hartford Hospital where he developed percutaneous renal needle biopsy. While serving as Director of Dialysis, he refused compensation and contributed personally and financially to the unit for over twenty years. He was Director of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Kidney Foundation, and recipient of many Kidney Foundation awards including the Pioneer of Dialysis Award. Dr. Izard was cited by four Connecticut governors for his work in kidney disease and helping to bring dialysis to other hospitals. He was the recipient of multiple emergency department awards at Hartford Hospital, and the first Hospitalist and Intensivist at Hartford Hospital prior to the formation of intensive care units. Dr. Izard was the physician consultant to Trinity College for 35 years and was a recipient of the Bantam Award for his service. He was also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Connecticut Medical School, the senior nephrology consultant to the state Veterans Administration for thirty years and to Connecticut Valley Hospital and Whiting Institute for ten years, the Chief of Medicine at Bradley Memorial Hospital, and director of dialysis at Springfield Hospital. He served as Chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Dialysis, and he chaired the committee of Collaborative Care at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Izard was a member of many medical organizations, including the Hartford, Hartford County, and Connecticut State Medical Societies, the American Medical Association, the American and Connecticut Societies of Internal Medicine, the American and International Societies of Nephrology, and the Society of Artificial Internal Organs. Mark was proud of his affiliations with a diverse range of organizations which provided many opportunities for fellowship with countless people who shared similar passions. As an avid supporter of the arts, he was a chairman of the Society of Daniel Wadsworth at the Wadsworth Atheneum and a member of the Decorative Arts Society, Mark Twain House Association, Hill-Stead Museum, Friends of the Smithsonian, Goodspeed Opera House Foundation, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mark also had a lifelong interest in historical preservation, supporting the Middleton Place Association South Carolina, South Carolina Historical Association, Colonial Williamsburg, Connecticut Landmarks Association, and Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum of Wethersfield. Being of an extremely social nature, he also enjoyed his time at the Farmington Country Club, Hartford Canoe Club, Hartford Club, and Portuguese Society of the Holy Ghost in Stonington. Having a keen interest in boating, Mark loved the Sounds and the shorelines of Connecticut and Rhode Island. He enthusiastically joined the Thimble Island and East Beach Associations, and the Falkner Lighthouse Brigade. At Block Island, he supported the Historical and Lighthouse Associations, as well as the Land Conservatory and the Committee to Save the Great Salt Pond. The family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Francis Hospital for their dedicated care during his final weeks with congestive heart failure. Per Mark's request, there will be no calling hours or service. His instructions were simple and succinct "Ashes to the river: a small stone to the family plot in Alabama." In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, or a charity of the donor's choice. The Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. Dr. Mark Izard loved Connecticut.
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Published by Hartford Courant on Jul. 21, 2019.
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Dr. Izard was my physician over 50 yrs
And he was a great Doctor. We love him
He was kind gentle and smart. I loved him Sara Lispcome .
Sara Lispcome
November 1, 2019
george smith
July 25, 2019
The Family of Helen N. Richards send our heartfelt condolences to the Izard family. We had the pleasure of knowing the Izard family, a kind and most thoughful family. Our memories of Dr. Izard will remain with us forever. May he Rest in Peace.
July 24, 2019
My condolences go out to his families and friends
Luis Vicente
July 24, 2019
Dr. Izard paved the way for many and touch my life in how i serve in nursing. He will be missed. Praying for his family. He can rest knowing he left a profound impact on many. Rest now,Sir. I salute you as one of Generals the field of Medicine.
July 23, 2019
Jeff, my condolences at the passing of your Dad.

Scott Brady (Stillman Elementary School)
Scott Brady
July 23, 2019

I fondly remember Dr. Izard. I respected Dr. Izard for his kindness to a Unit Secretary. Always said a "thank you" before leaving the chart on North 9.
Bonni McKenney
July 23, 2019
Dr. Izard was my father's nephrology MD way back in 1983... I remember him as a no-nonsense clinician, a man respected and liked by his patients and staff alike...
Marcia Winters
July 23, 2019
I started working with Dr. Izard in 1987 at Hartford Hospital and I am still here. I informed my colleagues this morning of his passing and every one who knew him has a story that just brings a smile and laughter to us. Thank you for the memories
July 23, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Izard starting in 1979. Always pleasant and helpful. My condolences to the family and friends.
Kathy G
July 23, 2019
The Epitome of Compassion; The Patience of Mentor; The Essence of Quality; The Exemplification of Physician. How fortunate to have been able to work with Dr. Izard. Peace and Prayers to his family and friends.
Tom Garrigan P.A.-C
July 23, 2019
I worked with Dr Izard while I was a nurse at Hartford Hospital. He was always available to his patients anytime of the day. And his patients absolutely loved him. He treated the nurses as equals and not beneath him or his handmaidens. God bless his spirit and his loved ones in his absence.
Heidi J
July 22, 2019
Dr. Izard was very kind, calming, and reassuring upon evaluating me upon my return here from having had brain surgery in West Palm Beach. I trusted him implicitly when, after various tests, he promised me that time and healing would end my dizziness and seizures. He was absolutely and unequivocally 100% on target! I have such respect for Dr. Izard and have heard others profess the same.
janis comstock
July 21, 2019
Marc was a lot of fun, we would have long conversations about France. Great man
July 21, 2019
Bernadette & Ronald DeNeve
July 21, 2019
Tom and Paula, sorry for the loss of your father whose presence in the Wethersfield area is to be everywhere!
We hope your cherished memories will lessen the sadness of your loss. Please know your sadness is felt throughout the community.
Love and friendship,
Connie & Roland
July 21, 2019
Mark was a wonderful neighbor on Cider Brook Road in Avon as well as a friend. He and Denise were generous with their home for parties for the neighborhood, particularly impactful for children during Halloween. Aways well-spirited and kind, Mark's good humor and generosity will be missed.
David Birkenruth
July 20, 2019
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