Raymond Stone, MD
Family physician Raymond L. Stone, MD, 87, a charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Stone, of Elizabeth, N.J., practiced medicine since 1950 and was active in state and national medical societies for over 50 years; including Union County and New Jersey Medical Societies and the American Medical Association.
A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College (Philadelphia, PA), Dr. Stone pursued and promoted continuing medical education throughout his career, including holding committee membership at Seton Hall University’s Graduate School of Medical Education. As a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, he recently challenged himself by maintaining certification, an octogenarian competing against newly minted doctors.
Muriel Stone, his wife of 58 years, who assisted Dr. Stone in managing the nonmedical aspects of his private practice, stated that “my husband was the quintessential family doctor; he embraced the oath he made to the Hippocratic code of medicine, he advocated that sacred bond a physician must forge with his patients and he demonstrated an undiminished love for medicine throughout his 57-year career. In this new world of health care specialization, Raymond’s passing marks the end of an era that will be fondly remembered for its ‘general practitioner.’”
Dr. Stone was also a former member of the Elizabeth (NJ) Board of Health, a former Chief of the Department of Family Practice at Elizabeth General Hospital and an attending physician of the same department at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
His daughter, Dr. Eileen Stone, an internist practicing in Syracuse (NY) said of her role model physician father, “my dad was an uncanny diagnostician, his capacity to quickly track down the source of an ailment without being distracted by masking or errant symptoms was a gift, akin to a diviner finding the direct route to water, a fact that he was justifiably proud of. He instructed me early on that medicine was both art and science, requiring the honing and concerted employment of all human senses in order to be the most efficient and effective healer. He was Old School in the manner that venerable institutions are oft times the best places to have matriculated from.”
An avid skier and tennis player, Dr. Stone and his wife competed in the Senior Olympics in tennis, and together skied throughout North America.
Dr. Stone and his wife Muriel purchased a second home in Belleayre Village on Highmount in 1972 and then moved here full time upon his retirement in 2006.
Raymond, a World War II veteran, was deployed as an Army cryptographer for four years, with postings that included The Arctic Circle (near The North Pole), Sweden and England.
Survivors also include sons, Andrew R. Stone, David J., Stone, Gary E. Stone and daughters, Eileen D. Stone and Audrey R. Stone. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two step grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Belleayre Conservatory, P.O. Box 198, Highmount, NY 12441.
Dr. Stone’s funeral procession will form on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Bnai Israel Congregation Synagogue on Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns, then to the Bnai Israel Cemetery in Clovesville for a graveside ceremony. To light a memorial candle, please visit www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St., Phoenicia.