David L. Putnam M.D.
1951 - 2019
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY
Putnam, David L. MD DELMAR David L. Putnam, MD, passed away gently on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, after living a full and rich life. Born in East Lansing, Mich. on December 29, 1951. David was the loving husband of Patricia C. Putnam "Trish" for 43 years. He was the son of the late Harold "Gordon" Putnam and Phoebe (Stribe) Putnam. David was raised in Asheville, N.C. and attended local schools. Dr. Putnam attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a Morehead Scholar, for undergraduate studies and Medical School. It was there that he met his beautiful wife, Trish. Dr. Putnam "matched" with Albany Medical Center in 1977, where he did his Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship. He also completed a Critical Care Fellowship at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Upon graduation, Dr. Putnam practiced with several cardiology groups in the Capital District including Capital Region Cardiology, Albany Associates in Cardiology, and Albany Cardiology Health Care. Most recently, he was a practicing cardiologist at Capital Cardiology Associates in Albany. While working at Capital Cardiology, Dr. Putnam obtained an MBA from Union College in Schenectady. Education was always paramount to Dr. Putnam. In October of 2000, David joined the Elsmere Fire Department as an active firefighter. In 2009, he was named Medical Advisor for the Fire District. He also served with the Town of Bethlehem EMT Service as an advisor. During all his years of service, the Elsmere Fire Department was a second home to David. Many Tuesday nights were spent either drilling with or cooking for the fire department. David was an avid outdoorsman. He was an active member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, having completed 43 of the 46 High Peaks. He received his License to Guide in September, 2016, from the N.Y.S. Department of Environmental Conservation. David's love for the outdoors recently initiated an interest in beekeeping. He maintained hives in Windham, N.Y., East Nassau, N.Y. and Westerlo, N.Y. He also served as a mentor for other beekeepers. Besides his wife, Trish, David is survived by his three children, Emily (David) Stalling of Dundalk, Ireland, Jameson Putnam of Dana Point, Calif., and Darroch (Michael) Putnam of New York City; and his three grandchildren, Elliot Putnam, and Sonja and Laurel Stalling who brought him great joy, especially behind the camera lens. His love of photography was shared with many of those who knew him, especially his family and his coworkers. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, David is survived by his siblings, Kenneth (Janice) Putnam, Ralph (Teresa) Putnam, and Louise Putnam (Joe) Brown; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church at 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 11. A funeral Mass will be held in the church on Saturday, October 12, at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory can be made to Elsmere Fire Department, Adirondack Mountain Club, Catskill Bee Club, or the Center for Donation and Transplant at Albany Medical Center.

Published by Albany Times Union from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2019.
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Calling hours
3:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Our Lady of Assumption Church
498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY
Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Assumption Church
498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY
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Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home Ltd.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Putnam for 20 years and I am so sad to hear this news, I just saw him in September and cant believe that is the last time I will see him. He has always been so kind and concerned for me, we shared a great love for our children and grandchildren and often compared stories. He was a wonderful person and physician, my husband and daughter were also his patients and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to his family. He will be greatly missed. God Bless
Anna Munafo and family
October 29, 2019
God bless Dr. Putnam and his family. I loved the Adirondack feel of his office on Northern Blvd and the one on Manning Blvd in Albany. It was just the beginning of how at ease Dr. Putnam would make his patients feel. Brilliant man who knew how to relate to his patients.
Barbara KLEIN
October 28, 2019
Just heard of Dr Putnam's passing. My husband, Phil, passed in May but was a patient for many years in several practices in Albany and his satellite office in Coxsackie. I loved how thorough he was. He was a kind gentle caring man and a wonderful doctor. Phil enjoyed their talks greatly. I offer my condolences and wanted to share how Dr Putnam touched our lives.
Carol ( & Phil) Chiarella
October 28, 2019
Dear Trish and family: my dad, Thomas Gentile, and mom, Betty Caulfield, my husband, my son and I have been patients of Dr Putnam for over 60 years. I was so sad to hear of his passing. He was a very kind, patient man. I'm very sorry for your loss
Marlene Countermine
Marlene Countermine
October 26, 2019
i'm sitting here, crying my eyes out, having just received the letter from the office regarding Dr. Putnam. I have too many things to say about how he "saved" me on so many occasions with his gentleness, caring and utterly non-judgmental care. I'm devasted. Trish, my heart is breaking. I'm so sorry. I wish i knew he was ill. I would have written to him and thanked him AND you. i'm so devasted by this news. We always talked about our children, grandchildren, our visiting them, the challenges of distance. He won that one! I wish i could wrap my head around this. I can't. Oh..... I'm so sorry ....
Maureen Schoolman
October 25, 2019
I am very sorry to hear of Dr. Putnam's passing. He was one of my favorite doctors. He was a very caring man & consoled me when I lost my Mom. He will be terribly missed. My sympathy to his family & the Staff at Capital Cardiology.
Kathy Masterson
October 25, 2019
Best Doctor Ever... Thank you Dr. Putnam for getting me through two high risk pregnancies; consoling me when my mom passed; and your humor that continues to make me laugh fully when I harken back. Job well done...you truly earned your rest...❤
Helen Brooks
October 25, 2019
May his memory be blessed and his family be comforted by the loving arms of our beloved God.

I was a new patient and was so very impressed by his care.

- Avi Wolfson
Avi Wolfson
October 23, 2019
Putnam family, I am so so sorry for your loss of Dr. Putnam. I have been a patient of his for 26 years. He was always so helpful and very nice to talk to. He spoke highly of his family. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Joanne Cahalan
October 22, 2019
Trish and family, we just heard of the passing of Dave. Please know that our prayers are with you and Dave during this difficult time.
Mary and Tony McManus
October 21, 2019
Dearest Trish,
I am so very sorry to hear of David's death. We considered you both dear friends and I so enjoyed being a part of your lives as you Lamaze teacher for the birth of you first two children. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of significant loss. Love, Kathryn Shea and Stephen Winners ye
Kathryn Shea
October 17, 2019
I am both shocked and deeply saddened at Dr. Putnam's passing. He has been my cardiologist for over 20 years and when he advised I listened closely. While I never met his family I feel their pain at losing both a husband, father and I'm sure mentor to his many children and grandchildren. God Bless the Putnam Family during this difficult time!
Timothy Holt Sr.
October 16, 2019
So sorry for the loss of a great doctor. My husband has been seen by Dr Putnam for 10 years and today we were shocked when told by Dr A of his passing. May God bless him.
Sherry and Larry Church
October 15, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. In our brief relationship with David, we knew him as a man of principles and values. We looked forward to him being our 'neighbor'. Our sympathies to Patricia and family. May David's spirit be always with you. God Bless.
Daniel Capone
October 15, 2019
Dr. Putnam was my moms (Sandy Baker)Cardiologist and basically saved her life when he was the only one who could find an artery that was 80 percent blocked and put stents in. He will be missed dearly! We are so sorry to hear of his passing! Prayers to his family !
Love Lisa Lewis!!
Lisa Lewis
October 15, 2019
Dr Putnam was our cardiologist for 25 years. He was always kind, compassionate and an excellent doctor. We will miss him. Rest in peace.
Roy and Delia Bjercke
October 15, 2019
To the Putnam FamilyPlease accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. I met Dr Putnam at Capital Cardiology right after he completed his cardiology fellowship. It was obvious from the first what a bright, compassionate, caring person he was. He also had the best sense of humor of anyone!! I remember he prepared a manual on intubation for the residents and interns. We couldn't make copies fast enough. He was always so generous with teaching and sharing knowledge. On a more personal note, he took care of my husband until his death two years ago and was always so kind and gentle with his care. I hope the knowledge of whaT a wonderful, selfless human being he was brings you comfort in your grief. The world was a better place while he was here. Kathy Loerzel
Kathy Loerzel
October 15, 2019
I was deeply saddened to hear of Davids passing. We shared a grandson, Elliot. He was a gentle, kind and giving man. He was a great father to his sons and daughter. He loved his wife and family deeply. He will be missed but his legacy lives on.
Donna Worsham
Donna Worsham
October 15, 2019

I am so sorry to hear the news. You may recall, I called on Dr. Putnam when I was a Pharmaceutical Representative 20 years ago. I enjoyed calling on him and your office, as you both were always so pleasant.
Please accept my condolences.
John Parodi
October 15, 2019
A great loss to the fire department and medical community
Karl Auerbach
October 15, 2019
I was Dr. Putnams patient for 16 years sure going to miss him.So sorry for the family.
Robert Litchko Sr.
October 14, 2019
Our acquaintance occurred on a chairlift at Jiminy Peak. We skied together the remainder of the day as well as subsequent outings. What an athlete! I enjoyed our repeated 6 minute rides to the summit where we would chat about our lives, families, hopes, aspirations and dreams of staying in shape in order to continue to enjoy life to its fullest. David gave everything he approached his very best effort. From what I know of him, he excelled on all levels. Frankly, in reading his obituary, I learned more about this multi-faceted, giving man. The world has lost an outstanding, compassionate soul. My sympathies to his family, friends, and co-workers.
Gale Degener
October 14, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the Putnam family. I first met him during a critical care course he taught at Albany Med in 1992. He was an excellent teacher. Then we worked together when I was a nurse at Albany Memorial Hospital. He was always caring, calm, respectful, and treated nurses as colleagues at all times. And then to see all he accomplished outside of work. He was an example to us all. I will miss him.
Jim Pickett
October 14, 2019
My deepest condolences Mrs. Putnam to you and your family.
Karla Scattergood
October 13, 2019
It was with tremendous sadness I learned of David's passing. He was an amazing person, gifted in so many ways! He was a wonderful and kind neighbor, a compassionate and talented physician, a devoted father, and just a special human being. In whatever he did, he always went the extra yard, going above and beyond and always erring on the side of compassion and what was right, if faced with a dilemma. I send Trish, Emily, Jamie, Darroch and their families, all of my love and deepest sympathies. The planet has lost one of the best.
Sarah Moore
October 13, 2019
Dear Trish & family,
Dr Putnam was my mom's cardiologist & took the time to write a personal note when she passed away. He took care of my son when he had pericarditis, and my daughter during her battle with cancer. And he took care of me when I was a resident going through some very challenging times. He epitomized all that we should aspire to, as physicians and as people. As we heard at his service, so many of us are left with a broken heart, none more than you. May it help to know how beloved and admired he was, and that thoughts and prayers are with you, his equally remarkable family.
Hedy Migden
October 13, 2019
Dr. Putnam was my late husband's doctor and there was never a better, kinder, friendlier doctor than he. He exceeded all expectations providing his cell phone number during a difficult time, answering my questions and offering encouragement on the patient portal earlier this year when my husband was hospitalized for a non-cardiac condition. It's hard to understand why Dr. Putnam was taken at such a young age, when my husband lived to 87 because of his care. My heart aches for his family.
Joan Kappel
October 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Dr. Putman has been my physician for several years. What a kind and caring person. A great Dr. I will miss him.
Harry Vitas
October 11, 2019
Dr Putnam was a wonderful teacher, a great cardiologist and a great man.
I remember the slide deck lectures on D4 north at AMC.
He will be missed in our medical community. Sincere condolences to his family
Frank Fera
October 11, 2019
Dear Trish and Family,I am so sorry to hear about Dave, he was a wonderful doctor who took care of my mother in law and my husband. I enjoyed working with him when he came to the Coxsackie office. I will never forget him. My last office visit with him in August we talked about Joe and his bees, which he enjoyed doing so much.My heart goes out to you Trish, I know exactly how your feeling. Take one day at a time, lean on Gods strength He will comfort you and give you His grace for every day. As time goes on it does get easier, you will never forget him but the pain lessons. You have great memories. God Bless you and your family. Evie Powazi
Evelyn Powazi
October 11, 2019
I'm so sorry for the families loss. My dad was a patient of his and I've met and talked with him and he was a wonderful pleasant, good doctor. He will be missed.
Sue Hyland
October 11, 2019
Trish and Family, my sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathies upon Dr. Putnam's passing. Without question he was cherished by his patients, revered by the students he touched by his knowledge, and valued by his colleagues. I am forever grateful for the wisdom and advice he offered me early on in my career, a true gentleman.

Warmest Regards,

Brendan Gallagher
Brendan Gallagher
October 11, 2019
I have known Dr. Putnam both as a patient of his for 13 years as a patient for may years and as an RN for over 40 years. he was the consummate professional caring for all with a high degree of skill and caring. As his patient, he was the kindest and most supportive doctor a patient could ask for. On a personal level I will certainly miss him. Unfortunately due to the fact that I have a severe cold, I will not be able to attend his wake and funeral mass. My deepest condolences go out to Trish and his entire family as well as thoughts and prayers to all of them.
Harry Whipple
October 11, 2019
We have been patients for twenty years and have not had a better doctor or a better friend.
Bob and Katie Biggerstaff
Robert Biggerstaff
October 11, 2019
I am very sorry to hear dr. Put an has passed. I just got to meet him about 3 weeks ago.
I was very happy that I found a good heart dr.
My prayers are with you.

Lila tompkins
Lila Tompkins
October 11, 2019
So very sad and shocked for this great loss.
My sincere condolences, prayers, love and peace to Dr. Putnam's family, friends, associates, patients and all who knew him.
Carol Reilly
October 11, 2019
I first met Dave when we were residents together at Albany Med. I learned a lot from him. We practiced cardiology together at AAC for many years. Dave was a great physician and medical partner and his patients loved him.
Deborah and I have fond memories of a great trip to Anguilla with Dave and Trish. Together, we suffered through a very serious tropical storm.
We also enjoyed several summers living in Bolton and commuting to Albany together.
Trish please know that you and the family are in our prayers.
John Bennett
October 11, 2019
John Bennett
October 11, 2019
To Mrs Putnam and family, what a wonderful and caring doctor and human being we are so sorry for your loss. He took wonderful care of my father Edward Williams and was still taking care of my mother Elizabeth Williams and myself, our sincere condolences to you all. Susan Goergen and Elizabeth Williams
October 11, 2019
Dr. Putnam was my cardiologist for the last 30 years. I valued him not only as my doctor but as a trusted confidant and friend. His empathy as a doctor was second to none and the trust I had in him was unparalleled. I last saw him in August and we spoke of his love for mountaineering and photography. I feel as if I have lost a dear and close friend. My sympathies go out to his wife Trish, whom I only had the pleasure of speaking with a few times, and to his entire family. This was a man whose time on this earth was cut too short. The good he did as a doctor, as well as the wonderful things I am sure he did as a father, a husband, and as a man of his community will be his legacy and heritage for many years to come. I am truly saddened at his loss to all that knew him. We are all a little less without his kindness and love in this world.
Stephen Lancelot
October 10, 2019
I am at a loss for words. I just saw Dr.Putnam 2 weeks ago. I've been going to him for over 18 years. He saw my two daughters, my husband, my father. What an amazing doctor and person. My family and I will truly miss his calm and caring demeanor. My condolences to his family, peers and office staff.
Shannon Howe
October 10, 2019
My deepest sympathy to your family. Dr Putnam was my late husband's doctor back in the 80's. He was always so kind and understanding. Always took the time to talk with us.
Francine BARRETT
October 10, 2019
Had a few encounters with Dr P working in local hospitals as a Nurse throughout the area. Always a blessing to work with. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.Steve B
October 10, 2019
I was a patient of Dr. Putnam's for many years. He was a wonderful and caring man. I am so sorry for the loss his family , friends, patients and co-workers are feeling.

Helen Rice
October 10, 2019
I am a patient of Dr. Putnam since 2017. He was always very caring and a compassionate doctor..... my prayers and that of my family go out to him and his family at this very difficult time...Marc Cappelli & family
marc cappelli
October 10, 2019
Donna Hodgdon
October 10, 2019
Jim and I were so sad to hear this news about David. We have both always respected him as a friend and physician. Trish, please know you and your family are in our hearts, our thoughts and in our prayers. RIP, David.
Lynn & Jim Horn OBX, NC.
Lynn & Jim Horn
October 10, 2019
You will be greatly missed. Anthem G&A team.
October 10, 2019
Dr. Putnam was amazing to work with and an all -around nice guy. He will be sorely missed.
Bessie Edwards
October 10, 2019
All God's blessings at this very sad time Mary (Treffiletti) Franchini
Mary Franchini
October 10, 2019
David and I were residents at the same time at Albany Med.He was always a kind,caring physician.Later he was cardiologist to myself and my wife. We shared many of the same interests and enjoyed our visits, discussing woodworking and hiking.
It was a shock to show up for a visit and learn that he had passed away the previous day. He is gone but we have wonderful memories of a kind and gracious person.
Rob Roy
October 10, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the Putnam family and to Dr Putnam's work family. He was always kind and compassionate and a wealth of knowledge. May your memories help to comfort you all during this very difficult time. RIP Dr Putnam.
Gary & Mary Kay Albert
October 10, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to Trish and family, and the staff at Capital Cardiology. Dr Putman has been my doctor for 23 years, and also cared for my mother. He was such a kind and understanding doctor who always truly listened to his patients. He will be dearly missed.
Jane Vet
October 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Putnam was a wonderful physician who cared for both my mother and husband. He was also gracious with his time and compassion. He will truly be missed.
Dori Salisbury
October 10, 2019
I worked with Dave for many years, in the same cardiology practice. He always had a special relationship with his patients, and will be sorely missed by all. He was always teaching in any situation, and generously shared his knowledge with us all.
Carol Muller
October 10, 2019
David will always be remembered for his kindness, humor and patience. A doctors doctor who helped teach me how to be one. It is always too soon to say goodbye to someone you love. Dave will be missed far and wide. So sorry for your and our loss. You are in our thoughts. Love, Patricia A. Eretto MD
Patricia Eretto
October 10, 2019
So sorry Trish and family.
Dave was one my first mentors as a medical student and was always kind and a wonderful teacher. He was one of my role models and will be missed.
Fred Schoen
October 10, 2019
For Trish and the Putnam Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. He was one of a kind and I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave since he the day he joined AAC. Even though our paths went in different directions, we always found a way to catch up when our paths did cross. Truly a very special person and will be missed by many. Fly high with the Angels Dave until we meet again.
Deb (Boule) Reimann
October 10, 2019
Dr. Putman was my doctor. He was kind,calm and explained everything to me every visit. But there is one time Dr. Putman saved my dad's life 20 years ago I remember most.My dad was brought into Albany Med ER in critical condition. Three doctors were working on him to no prevail.Dr. Putman was at the ER,but he was not my dad's doctor. The doctors working on my dad asked Dr. Putman for help.He sat down and started reading out of this big medical book for two minutes and told the doctors to do something, which did work. It saved my dad's life and the next day all the doctors were talking how brilliant the idea was that he came up with. He always cared. My thoughts to Dr. Putman's family. He will be missed by many.
October 10, 2019
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