Dr. Stephen Z. Colodny ’57

Dr. Stephen Z. Colodny ’57 died June 4, 2012, in Florence, Mass. He was born Shnayer Zalman Colodny on May 26, 1935, in Lebanon, N.H., and changed his name to Stephen in 1955. He prepared for college at Deerfield Academy and was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 1961 and completed his postdoctoral training at UCLA Medical Center, where he specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He served to captain in the Air Force, then entered private practice in 1968. He also served as chief of staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital, on the board of directors of the Research and Education Institute at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, as president of the board of governors of Stanford University Medical Association, and as president of the Ner Tamid Synagogue. In 1994, he began a five-year practice at CHP/Kaiser-Pioneer Women’s Health, followed by four years at Baystate Affiliated Practice Organization and nine years at Baystate Medical Center. During the last seven years of his life, he served as associate professor at Tufts University Medical School, working with residents at Baystate Medical Center. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He was a Life Fellow Los Angeles of the Ob/Gyn Society. During his 51 years as a physician, he brought nearly 10,000 new lives into the world. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Gaynor Colodny; two sons, David and Jeffrey M. Colodny ’83; a daughter, Susan Colodny, four grandchildren; and a brother, Benjamin Colodny.