Frank X. Klamet 1952-2009 died of his heart condition last Sunday. The obit is HERE. Frank and I were residents together. I was his go-to guy for lab stuff, and he was my go-to guy for clinical information. I knew heart disease ran in his family, but that didn’t slow him down.
Frank liked his work, and I always admired how he balanced his duties as a priest and as a physician. He was very careful about what he did, and I knew it was difficult, but he was always very responsible. He spent his last years doing high-risk OB in an underserved area in Southern Ohio, and teaching CWRU students. There were no other doctors who were willing or able to practice in such a high-risk practice. He joked that he was able to do it because “Amongst my weapons…” which I certainly wasn’t expecting.
He said he always said a Thanksgiving mass after every delivery. I last saw him at a medical school graduation. He was one of the good guys.