Obituary: Garry J. Kiernan

Santa Rosa-Garry Joseph Kiernan, M.D., age 61, passed away at his home in Santa Rosa on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 following a heroic battle with cancer. He was born in Boston, Mass on Oct.31, 1951, to Leo Edward and Louise Constance (Murphy) Kiernan. He was united in marriage to Nancy Lynn Schwartz for 30 years. Garry was a renowned physician. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Georgetown University, School of Medicine, first in a class of 210. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. He was also a highly accomplished classical concert pianist, having trained at University of Fribourg and the Conservatory of Music, Fribourg in Switzerland prior to entering medical school. He is remembered for his brilliant mind, gentle wit, and loving disposition. He was a very kind and caring person, who, in turn, was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He treated everyone he met with honor regardless of their station in life. Among his countless recognitions and accomplishments, he felt the donation of one of his kidneys to his wife Nancy to be his greatest achievement. He is survived by his loving, devoted, and beloved wife, Nancy; his two little dogs, Mrs. Honey Bun and Cookie Mervyna; his mother and step-father, Connie and Jack Peterson; 4 siblings, Leo (Marie) Kiernan, Jeannie (George) Yee, Connie (Bruce) Masucci,and Brian Kiernan; as well as many nieces; nephews and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo; and his father and mother in law, Mervyn and Pauline Schwartz. At Garry's request, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to the pet charity of your choice, St Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the National Kidney Foundation

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