Dr. Mark John Hausknecht
Mark Hausknecht MD, 65, a renowned Houston cardiologist died suddenly on Friday morning July 20, 2018. Beloved son, husband, father, brother, physician, colleague, and friend to many, he personified the ideals of compassion and service. The man who healed so many hearts during his life, has left so many broken by his death.
Mark was born to Catherine and the late Otto Hausknecht on March 23, 1953, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980, where he met his future wife. He completed his residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Hausknecht was a practicing cardiologist at the Texas Medical Center since 1987. Patients from all walks of life felt a special bond with Dr. Mark. Listening and taking the time to explain things to each patient, earned him their gratitude and affection. He, in turn, felt honored to be their physician.
Mark was driven by insatiable intellectual curiosity but found relaxation through physical labor. He was a voracious reader, pilot, chef, DIY repairman, beekeeper, recycler, urban gardener, cyclist and lover of music and the arts. It would not be unusual to find Mark solving physics problems or differential equations on vacation. Attracted by the concept that "one's mind determines one's destiny," he became a practicing Buddhist in later years. Meditation was an essential part of his daily life.
Mark loved his family and was proud of his sons. When the boys were young, the years spent as the Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 11 provided some of Dr. Hausknecht's happiest memories. With the Troop, Mark shared his appreciation of nature and the obligation he felt to preserve it. He instilled a strong work ethic, self-reliance, and a love of the outdoors in his sons.
Dr. Hausknecht's keen intellect, quick wit, infectious smile, and delicious BBQ will be deeply missed. He was a leader by example, a teacher, a role model, and an inspiration to many.
Mark is survived by his wife Dr. Georgia Hsieh, sons Matthew (Man) and Paul, mother Cathy, and siblings Peter, Susan (Tom), Amy (Steve), five nieces and nephews and his mother-in-law, Grandma Rose. He is also survived by three rescue dogs who miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank law enforcement for their diligence and is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many. There will be a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Mark's favorite charities (listed at Legacy.com
) or one of your choosing. Please share your memories of Mark at his online obituary at Legacy.com
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Published by Houston Chronicle from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2018.