In Memoriam – Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino

July 29, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino on Sunday, July 24, 2022. He is survived by his children Hannah Mendicino and Sammy Mendicino, his parents Margaret and Sam Mendicino and his brothers John Mendicino and Robert “Bobby” Mendicino. He was a hero to many in the Podiatric profession, especially those who he taught and mentored as both Residency Director and President of the Greater Texas Education Foundation. His passing is a huge loss for our program and the Podiatric community at large. Many people will write their own tributes to Dr. Mendicino and his many accomplishments, but it is his contributions to our program for which all of us owe such a deep gratitude.

After graduating from Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mendicino set his sights on the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency (now the HCA Houston Healthcare, West Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency) in Houston, TX, which, at the time, was one of only a handful of two-year surgical residencies in the country. Here he developed his skills as a surgeon, often working on cases using new reconstructive techniques. Sam served as Chief Resident in his final year and forged many long-lasting relationships with his fellow residents and attendings. After graduating from Harris County in 1985, Dr. Mendicino started his career back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opening up a private practice. It was not long before he began a life-long pursuit of giving back to the Podiatric profession and its future practitioners, starting first as a member of the Clinical Teaching Staff at The Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh and later a member of the Surgical Residency Training Committee, among other positions. It is this legacy as a teacher and mentor (he liked to call himself a ‘seed planter’) that will live on in the hearts and minds of the many podiatrists — or as he would correctly say “foot and ankle specialists” — he has taught through his career. When he became the director of the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in 1995, it was sponsored by Westbury Hospital with its residents working out of a single patient room. He promptly moved the program, first to Bellaire Hospital and finally to our current home at HCA Houston Healthcare, West (formerly West Houston Medical Center). Over his 25 years term as Residency Director, he worked tirelessly to make the Harris County program one of the top residencies in the country including a focus on increasing residents’ salaries and developing a learning center for the residents with state-of-the-art equipment, including Fluoroscopy, arthroscopy towers and cadaver limbs for each resident at West and our sister program at Kingwood. Much of this was possible, also under Sam’s leadership, by the formation of the Greater Texas Education Foundation to support residency growth and education. Many who have gone on to leadership roles as residency directors, board members and presidents of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, have been taught and mentored by Dr. Mendicino. He did this by example as he himself has been in all of these positions. His energies never seemed to dim when it came to giving back to the profession both locally and nationally, starting with President of the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society, Board member and then President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, board member then President of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery, Chairman of the Scientific Meeting for the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons among many of his titles. Not only did he serve, but his leadership helped shape changes to policies to improve the profession.

The news of Dr. Mendicino’s passing has shocked his colleagues at the hospital and their tributes and condolences continue to pour into the offices at GTEF and his former clinic. When Dr. Mendicino joined the staff at West Houston Medical Center, he was an instant friend to all, sharing his special brand of wit and humor with colleagues in the doctors’ dining room. Sam served on numerous committees in the hospital including being elected for back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Surgery Department. Under his leadership, he helped establish the delineation of privileges for podiatry at West Houston Hospital and it was also his strong reputation with the medical staff that helped podiatrists obtain H&P privileges.

The true number of the lives Sam Mendicino has influenced through his leadership within the Podiatric profession is impossible to calculate. Certainly the 150+ residents who have come through our program at West owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for the enormous contributions he made to our program, and we continue to benefit from the legacy he has left behind. Indeed, those individuals around the country who can confidently say, “I knew Mendo”, will continue to proudly share that legacy with those they might have the opportunity to teach and mentor, thus solidifying his legacy for future generations. Continuing, as he would say, to “plant the seeds” for Podiatry.

Sam’s wishes were to be cremated, and his ashes be distributed in Western Pennsylvania by the direction of his children. Services for this will be private with his family.

The Greater Texas Education Foundation will be planning an “An Honor of Life” reception for those he was involved with locally and within the State of Texas. In addition, a reception will be held for friends and colleagues honoring Sam at the Annual ACFAS meeting in February of 2023.

In lieu of flowers, we will be setting up a Podiatric Scholarship fund in Sam’s name through the Greater Texas Education Foundation. For donation link and additional information, please visit www.gtef.org.

In Memoriam – Dr. Max S. Ribald

June 8, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Max S. Ribald

1948 – 2022

North Dallas Funeral Home

Max S. Ribald of Dallas Texas, passed away on May 27th, 2022 at the age of 74. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, his devoted friends, and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved him. Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website. https://www.northdallasfuneralhome.com/obituary/max-s-ribald/

In Memoriam – Dr. Norbert John Wilcox

May 4, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Norbert John Wilcox

Dallas Morning News | May 1, 2022

Dr. Norbert John Wilcox, age 97, of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with the Lord on December 22, 2021. Norb was born at home in Chicago on June 6, 1924 to Makary (Mike) and Genowefa Wilkowski. His namesake was St.Norbert because he was born on his feast day.

Norb was a 17 year old senior at Kelly High School in Chicago when the Pearl Harbor attack plunged the country into WWII. Though he was the only child of Polish immigrants, he immediately acted on his patriotic duty to enlist to be a Navy pilot. To his amusement his distraught mother’s advice was to “fly low and fly slow.” After Naval air training he was assigned to VPB-44 “Black Cats” squadron at Green Island, in the Solomon Islands, flying the amphibious Catalina PBY aircraft performing anti-submarine and night patrols in conjunction with PT boats and open sea rescues. He was one of the youngest Navy pilots in the war and obtained the rank of Lieutenant.

Norb met Terree, the love of his life, through a remarkable number of Godly life twists upon return from the Navy to Chicago. They were married in 1950. Norb finished Podiatry training while Terree taught in the Chicago School District. A Chicago snowstorm which buried their car confirmed their decision to move to Texas and start a successful practice and family in 1952.
Over the next half century Norbert came to be regarded as the “Dean of Podiatry in North Texas” and helped many aspiring podiatrists launch their careers. He was respected by his peers statewide and was elected President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association.

Like Will Rogers, he never met a stranger. He always had a riddle, a joke, or a story to share. He could engage anyone he met in warm conversation even through his 90’s. He also lived his strong Catholic faith and was active in the Knights of Columbus, Civitans, and many other service organizations. He supported his sons in YMCA Indian Guides, Boy Scouts of America, and their sports and academic endeavors. He loved to play golf with his weekly foursome at Tenison golf course and did so for decades. He mentored senior high school students from the DISD in his podiatry practice with several ultimately entering health care as a profession. He was universally regarded as an honest, bright, kind, gregarious, generous professional man of the highest integrity.

Norb was very active raising his family which was his greatest joy to the end of his life. He brought a sense of humor to every situation and Terree and his five sons have many memories laughing around the dinner table until no one could sit straight any longer. He taught his sons the importance of love for God, family, and country as well as education and a strong work ethic. Norb was a remarkable and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

Norb is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Terree Ann, and his cherished grandson Christopher. He is survived by his 5 devoted sons: Dale and his wife Cindy and grandchildren Blake and Meredith; Glenn; Robert and his wife Ashley and grandchildren Melanie, Alex, and Raleigh; Bruce and granddaughter Danielle; Barry and his wife Shana and grandchildren Zoe and Amy.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 In wood Rd., Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2022 at 1:30 PM. The ashes of Norbert and Terree will be interred together at the DFW National Cemetery with military honor for his naval service on May 16, 2022 at 9:00 AM. Contributions in his honor may be made to Dallas or Collin County Meals on Wheels, a favorite charity of Norb’s mother.
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In Memoriam – Dr. Steve Beito

October 22, 2021

In Memoriam – Steve Beito, DPM

On October 5, 2021, we lost a truly great man and highly respected member of the New Braunfels community. Dr. Steve Beito will be remembered as a son, a husband, a father, a friend, a mentor and a compassionate physician to thousands of patients. As a very dear friend of his said, “I realize that the degree of pain that we feel for the loss of Steve is merely a reflection of the greatness of the man that he was. …The only thing that I can think of that can counter losing Steve is the opportunity to get to know him.” 

Steve was born May 29, 1959 in Flint, MI to Lucille and Rodney Beito. At the age of 10 his father tragically passed, leaving Lu, as we have come to know her, to raise him and his older sister Terry. Three years later Lou married Harry Reisbich who became a central figure in young Steve’s life.  

Steve graduated from Hamady High School and went on to Alma College where he found his interest in podiatry with the onset of foot pain. With this new interest, he attended Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He then moved to Texas for residency at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. This was followed by an internship in New Braunfels and when that practice became available for purchase in 1987, he made his next major move and bought it. A fellow resident, colleague and good friend to this day remembers training with him and often working side by side as they built their individual practices. She said that he, “enjoyed the mechanical nature of what we do. Whether it’s figuring out angles in surgery or getting to the bottom of a bio mechanical problem, he liked reasoning out the etiology and solution.” This passion not only allowed him to start building a very successful practice, but to see joy in his day to day successes with patients.

In that same year, good fortune struck again and he met his wife Colleen on a plane where she served as a flight attendant. They dated for two years and were married on October 7, 1989. Their daughter Allie was born in March of 1993 and their son Mitch was born in February of 1999. For 32 years they worked side by side to build their dreams.  They built a new office in 1995 and their dream house in 2004. During those years Steve continued mentoring several podiatric associates and in 2003 Dr. Jacob Ransom began working with NB Podiatry after completing his surgical residency in Boston at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Dr. Beito and Dr. Ransom worked together for 5 years after which time Steve offered Jake a full partnership. Jake jumped at the chance having learned much from Steve about building a patient base and the business side of a podiatric practice all while observing the consistent and exceptional care that Steve offered. Jake, like others, noted Steve’s true joy and sense of accomplishment in curing even the smallest of foot ailments to greatly improve a patient’s quality of life. Steve and Jake worked together for a total of 18 years having the utmost respect for one another’s strengths, innovations and the daily dedication to the discipline of podiatry and the patients they serve. Dr. Beito also leaves behind an incredibly dedicated office family that have unselfishly served NB Podiatry under Steve’s leadership and continue to strive to maintain the success of the practice in his absence.

His dedication and love for his family wasn’t lip service, it was true that they were his world. He learned unconditional love from his mother Lu and made sure that he demonstrated the same for his own family. Colleen will so miss this love and the simple joys like discovering a new restaurant together. One of his greatest legacies is his respect and love toward Colleen from which the kids could learn and on which they could always rely. 

Steve was beyond proud to walk his precious first born Allie down the aisle in October of 2020. He was the first to see her in to this world and the first to see her in her dress on her wedding day, spilling many tears while feeling the ultimate joy on both days. Her now husband, Stephen, was immediately included in the love Steve gave when he asked for Allie’s hand in marriage. These will remain some of Allie’s most cherished memories.  Allie also had the honor of working alongside her father for the last year as a member of the office staff, having a rare opportunity to see the 28 years of fatherly lessons in action. 

Mitch remembers their adventures together. Hiking Zion National Park, shooting his first buck, fishing, watching football games and the calm of eating a good steak on the ranch while Steve shared his passions and Mitch found his. One of Steve’s greatest thrills was seeing Mitch off to McGovern Medical School this fall. The lessons he learned from his Dad about how to treat others, to be true to your word and an unrivaled work ethic will carry him through school and on to whatever specialty he may choose.  

Steve had many qualities that will be so very missed. He was known to have the answer to every question and if he didn’t know, he would make sure to seek it out for you. The words that family, friends and patients used over and over again to describe Steve were: dedicated, hard-working, loyal, caring, loving, strong sense of conviction, reliable, wise, honest, leader and compassionate. Even the qualities that made him infuriating like his impatience, his need to find only the best and his questionable sense of time were the very things that made him successful. What stood out most about him though was his inquisitiveness about any and every topic. He loved the quote by Albert Einstein “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” The moment we learned of Steve’s passing is the moment we realized that we don’t know exactly how to go on without him.

Steve is survived by his mother Lucille Reisbich, his wife Colleen Trei Beito, son Mitch Beito, his daughter Allie Beito Tarver and her husband Stephen. He is also survived by his sister Terry Munro, his nephew Ryan Munro and wife Stephanie and their children Berkley and Harrison. Steve is preceded in death by his father Rodney Beito and his stepfather Harry Reisbich.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Steve Beito will be held on Monday, October 11 at McAdoo’s on the back patio at 6:00 pm. and will continue until 8:00 pm. The family asks that you wear something that makes you want to celebrate. This is not a funeral, this is a party to celebrate a life well lived!  

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In Memoriam – Dr. Charles Evans Hammond

June 22, 2021

In Memoriam – Dr. Charles Evans Hammond

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Charles Evans Hammonds (Houston, Texas), born in Brownwood, Texas, who passed away on June 22, 2021, at the age of 78, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Charles Evans Hammonds to pay them a last tribute.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Dr. Charles Marvin Hammonds and Jean Hammonds; and his granddaughter Lindsey Hughes. He is survived by : his wife Carol Ridenour Hammonds; his daughters, Tracy Hammonds Hughes and Amanda Hammonds Smith; his grandchildren, Jillian Hughes, Clay, Kyle Gilmore, Garrison, Ryan and Emma Smith; his sons-in-law, Gordon Hughes and Troy Smith; and his siblings, Jeanette Curry, Debbie Hammonds and Roy Hammonds. He is also survived by sister-in-laws and their families, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26th 2021 at 3:00 PM at the John Wesley United Methodist Church (5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr, Houston, TX 77069).

March 5, 2021

In Memoriam – Morris Prigoff, DPM

Dr. Morris Prigoff passed away on March 4, 2021, after a serious six year illness. He was lovingly cared for at home by his devoted wife Michela, whom he referred to as “my wife for life’”. They were blessed with 19 beautiful years of marriage.

Dr. Prigoff grew up in Syracuse, New York, and was a graduate of the University of Syracuse and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He was a proud member of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and a sponsor of the March of Dimes and American Heart Association. A podiatrist of 45 years in Oak Cliff and North Dallas, Dr. Prigoff was loved by his patients for his wonderful care and generous, fun-loving spirit.

At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Morris had a bigger-than-life personality and a gentle, generous nature. Also known as “Moe”, he gained fame on the show Storage Wars Texas. He loved travelling, teaching, swimming and basketball, gardening, collecting art and his wife’s excellent cooking. He was the owner of River Regency, a mid-century modern furniture and antique store. He had a knack for buying and recreating special pieces and a great love of art and collectibles.

Morris will also be lovingly remembered by his daughter Gina Leonard, son-in-law Paul, grandsons Gavin and Zachary, sisters Rosella Heumann and Suzanne Achleitner, step-son Chase, and many loving nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as well by fans all over the country, and by his many devoted patients.

Funeral arrangements will be completed by Sparkman-Hillcrest in North Dallas. A memorial service will be held later this year as we gather in person to remember and celebrate Morris’ life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington Texas.

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