Steven E. Katz, MD

Steven E. Katz, a psychiatrist who was the last physician to lead the New York State mental health system, died at his home in Yarmouth, Maine January 29, 2018.  He was 80. Dr. Katz had a highly diversified career in health care, but is most recognized for his contribution to the public mental health system. 

 

Dr. Katze cameeH to public attention while serving as the Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at the height of the first epidemic of homelessness in New York since the civil war. Identified by the New York State Civil Service Employees Association as a visionary of impeccable principles he was chosen to lead the then massive, but outmoded New York State mental health system. As the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health under the newly elected Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Dr. Katz's administration quickly redesigned a dormant program of community residence beds leading to the development of 6000 new beds over the next several years. Subsequent accomplishments included the creation of a new housing model for residential care for the mentally ill, the Residential Care Center for Adults, broad based acceptance and adoption of a Ten Year Plan to Reconfigure the New York State Mental Health System and introduction of the legislation which led to the opening of the Lawrence C. Kolb Building at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. When Dr. Katz retired from state service Governor Mario Cuomo said, "When you came to Albany you didn't know where to find the bathroom, but you did the job magnificently".  A consummate teacher he led by example and had a unique ability to achieve consensus among highly diverse constituencies.  

 

Born to the late Ben & Charlotte (Tomkins) Katz, August 10, 1937 and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Katz received a BA from Cornell University, Ithaca New York and his MD from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia (Drexel University College of Medicine). After a medical internship at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx New York he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. As an‘an-the-job trained’ psychiatrist in the military, he subsequently received his formal training in psychiatry at Columbia University -The New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Katz is also a graduate of the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center and maintained a private practice throughout his career. 

 

Dr. Katz initially focused on consultation-liaison psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, but soon moved to the Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York as the Director of Education and Training in Psychiatry and subsequently was the Associate Director of Psychiatry at the same institution. In 1978 he went to New York University (NYU Langone Health) where he became Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center. On leaving state service in 1987, Dr. Katz returned to New York University as Director of Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital, Professor and Executive Vice-Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine and Director of Health Policy, York University Medical Center. In 1994 he moved to Maine to become the Executive Vice-President and Medical Director at the Jackson Brook Institute, South Portland, Maine and rose to fill several positions in the parent corporation, Community Care Systems of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also held positions as the Associate Medical Director for Mental Health and Health Care for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of Northern New England, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, Connecticut, and Executive Director, The Neuropathy Association, New York, New York. During his career, Dr. Katz held academic appointments at Columbia University, New York University, Albany Medical College and the University of Vermont School Of Medicine.   

 

Dr. Steven E. Katz is survived by his wife Marjorie, the former Marjorie Billstein, and his children, Barri Katz  Stryer of  Pacific Palisades, California, John & Stacey Herron  of Croton-on-Hudson, New York and four grand children Leah, Adam, Kaleigh & Brianna.   

 

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Steven E. Katz’s honor may be sent to www.samcozenfund.org,

 

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Marian J. (Levesque) Tibbetts

Sanford, ME – Marian J. (Levesque) Tibbetts, 64, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at her home surrounded by her husband, son, and daughter. She was the wife of Larry E. Tibbetts. 

 

Mrs. Tibbetts was born in Nashua, NH on December 8, 1953 a daughter of the late Roland J. and Grace M. (Gagnon) Levesque. She attended local Parochial and Public Schools, and graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH in 1971. She then went on to graduate from Plymouth State College with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1975. In 2000 Marian graduated with a M. in Education from Leslie University. 

 

Marian married Larry E. Tibbetts on June 1st of 1974 and together raised two children, Shawn and Amanda. 

 

Mrs. Tibbetts taught in primary schools over a thirty-year period in NH, ME and VT, her longest duration teaching at Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield, NH. 

 

Marian and Larry spent decades enjoying square and round (ballroom) dancing in the southern NH area. They also enjoyed travelling and the arts. Her greatest joys in these later years were her five grandchildren. 

Besides her husband Larry, Marian is survived by her son, Shawn J. Tibbetts of Kennebunk, ME and his two children Brianna Ella and Cody Austin Tibbetts; as well as her daughter Amanda Sprague with her husband Todd of North Waterboro, ME and their three daughters Elizabeth Jean, Lelana Grace and Laurel Claire Sprague. She also leaves her sister Susanne (Levesque) Lindquist with her husband Richard of Hudson, NH, and her brother Richard B. Roy Levesque with his wife Shirley of Hudson, NH as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and a brother Thomas G. Roy Levesque, Tom's surviving widow, Evelyn Levesque resides in Missouri. 

 

A Funeral Service celebrating Marian’s life officiated by Pastor Dan Moore will be Friday, February 9th with a receiving line to offer condolences to the family beginning at 3:00 and the service beginning at 3:30. The family will welcome you to share a short word of remembrance during the service. All are welcome to attend the service and a reception time to follow including a light meal in the church's fellowship hall. It will be held at Messiah Christian Church, 2700 Post Road (Route 1), Wells Maine. 

 

Marian's wish was that in lieu of flowers people might make a donation in her memory to any program of their choice supporting children in the arts. She herself enjoyed supporting SonDance, a Christian Outreach Dance Academy, and a ministry of Messiah Christian Church, 2700 Post Rd, Wells, Maine 04090. A donation in her name to VNA Home Health and Hospice 50 Foden Rd, South Portland, ME 04106 would also be an appreciated tribute. 

 

Thomas H. Kimball

Fairfield, ME – Thomas H. Kimball, 69, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Maine General Hospital.

 

He was born in Biddeford, ME on March 22, 1949 a son of William H. & Jean L (Taylor) Kimball of Lyman, ME.  He grew up in the Biddeford/Saco Area, attending local area schools and graduated from Thornton Academy.  He then went on to achieve his Associated Degree in Culinary Arts from Southern Maine Technical College.

 

Tom held various jobs throughout his life as a chef and a substance abuse counselor until retiring for medical reasons.

 

Cooking was his passion; he was always ready to create a superb meal for his family.  He also enjoyed Fishing and being in the great outdoors of Maine.

 

Along with his parents he is survived by four daughters Marianne Rines and her husband Joe of Biddeford, Laura Rowe and her husband Patrick of Iron Station, NC, Bethany Kimball and Heather Kimball both of St. Augustine, FL.  He is also survived by eleven grandchildren Joey, Brian, Lily, Paden, Blake, Genesis, Heidi, Kyle, Kylee, Hoke and Henry as well as one Brother, Steven Kimball and his wife Sheila of Houston, TX.  He was also the father of the late Donna Myers, who died in 2015.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Grace Point Church, 50 Adams Street, Biddeford, ME.

 

Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Biddeford, will be held during the Summer of 2018.

Sharon E. (Lawton) Morton

Lisbon Falls, ME – Sharon E. (Lawton) Morton, 62, lost her battle with cancer on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Maine Medical Center.

 

She was born in Bath, ME on Sept. 21, 1955 a daughter of the late Walter F. and Alice E. (Varney) Lawton.  Sharon spent ten years growing up in Massachusetts, where she made lifelong friends until she moved to Lisbon Falls in July of 1971.  She then graduated from Lisbon High School in 1973. 

 

Following her graduation, she began her career at Bath Iron Works and worked there until her retirement in December 2017.  She was married to Henry Morton from 1977 – 1990 and together they had two children. 

 

Sharon enjoyed life and her job to the fullest and considered many of her co-workers family.  She would like to thank them all and let them know how much she appreciated all the love and support during her lifetime. 

She enjoyed many activities such as bowling, watching bull riding on TV, going to the ocean and spending time with family and friends to name a few, 

 

Sharon is survived by her daughter Heather Wood and her husband Walter of Livermore Falls, ME, her son Heath Morton of LIsbon Falls and her step son Eric Morton and his family of Jefferson, ME, she also leaves two brothers Randy Lawton and his wife Marcia of Durham, ME and Mike Lawton and his wife Kim of Brunswick, ME as well as nieces Maranda of MA, Brittany of Durham,  and Melissa and her family of Falmouth, ME, many great nieces and nephews, several cousins and a special granddaughter Adriana and her son Atlantis of Boothbay, ME. 

She would also like to thank the Morton families for all their love and support as well as being there whenever she needed. 

 

There will be a celebration of life announced at a later date. 

Richard C. Nielsen

Old Orchard Beach, ME - Richard C. Nielsen, 71, Born March 10, 1946 who was married to Ellen Jane (Pooler) Nielsen, passed away peacefully at his home in Old Orchard Beach on Thursday, January 25, 2018. 

 

Richard was born in Portland, ME at what was then called Maine General Hospital.  He was born to Alfred C. Nielsen and Florence Mae (Ray) Nielsen in Scarborough.  He was the youngest of three children.  He went to Scarborough and South Portland Schools.  He dropped out of school and took an apprenticeship at Broadway Auto Body to learn the art of Automotive Repairs. 

 

Richard met his wife, Ellen Jane Pooler, in the fall of 1968 while she worked at her father's convenience store on Broadway in South Portland.  They were married on May 3, 1969 in South Portland, ME.  They lived in South Portland when they were first married and later moved to Scarborough and lived there for 43 years.  They had 4 children together.

   

After working at several body shops and mastering his craft, he opened in own business, Dick's Auto Body and Paint on the Payne Road in Scarborough.  He opened the business there in 1978.  He worked on all kinds of cars and quite often if a customer didn't have enough to pay their bill he would work out a barter system of some kind.  Many of his later customers would tell him that their parents had been his clients earlier in his career.  He worked on all kinds of vehicles but as technology got more involved, he moved his expertise to mostly rust repair.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer in March of 2014 and was forced to retire as he could no longer handle the long hours. 
 
Richard enjoyed working on cars, having fun with his children, and eventually grandchildren.  He enjoyed camping, friends, going for Sunday rides, campfires, and going to the races at Beech Ridge.  He would eventually succumb to his lung cancer.  
 
Survivors include his wife, Ellen of almost 49 years who was the love of his life.  He is predeceased by both of his parents and his sister, Geneva.  He is survived by his brother David and his wife Debbie of Machiasport, Maine.  His four children: son Richard and his fiance Geneva of South Portland, son Scott and his wife Laurie of Biddeford, daughter Sonja of Old Orchard Beach, and son Eric and his wife Kathy of Standish.  He also has 5 grandchildren, Kylie and Morgan of Mechanic Falls, Madison and Nicholas of Biddeford, and Lily of Old Orchard Beach. 
 
A celebration of life will be held Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Elks Lodge, 68 Ocean Park Road, Saco, ME from 4 – 7 p.m.  
 
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to either one of the following: 
 
Hospice of Southern Maine 
180 US Route One 
Scarborough, ME 04074 
or 
Maine Cancer Foundation 
100 Campus Drive 
Suite 108 
Scarborough, ME. 04074 

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