Monday, April 12, 2010
John J. Kepes, MD (1928-2010)
I myself had the honor of looking at slides with Dr. Kepes once in 2005. I'll always remember his insightful observations on the cytology of a case of papillary ependymoma.
In an obituary in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams remembers that, "John was the ultimate in erudition, and no diagnostic problem was too difficult for him to unravel." The JNEN article continues to quote Dr. Rorke-Adams: "Dr. Kepes grew up in Hungary, 'a land he loved but which rejected him and his family at a stage in their lives when they were ready to contribute gifts of healing to their countrymen. The Kepeses' desperate escape from horrors brought them to our country, where John ripened into one of the most learned and distinguished neuropathologists of our generation.' "
After the loss of his beloved wife, Magda, in 2006, Dr. Kepes moved to an assisted living residence in the Kansas City area. It was there, according to his obituary in the Kansas City Star, in the early hours of February 2, 2010, that Dr. Kepes passed away peacefully, with his daughter by his side.