Achiel Lucien Bleyaert MD

June 23, 1931October 30, 2011

Achiel L. Bleyaert, M.D., of Clearfield, passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Clearfield Hospital.

Dr. Bleyaert was born on June 23, 1931 in Beernem, Belgium, the son of Oscar and Celina (Vanderhaeghen) Bleyaert.

Dr. Bleyaert received his medical degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 1957. After training in anesthesiology, he practiced his profession in Belgium until moving to the United States in 1969, where he continued a long career in medicine. He worked at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland and the University of Pittsburgh where he was Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the VA Hospital (1973-1975), Chief Anesthesiologist of Eye and Ear Hospital (1981-1984), and Chief Anesthesiologist of Presbyterian Hospital (1981-1984).

In the 1970’s, he did research and published several articles describing protective interventions against brain ischemia; this work is still the cornerstone of such research. Among his many positions and appointments, he was Professor of Anesthesiology/CCM at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1980-1985). He functioned as Director of Anesthesia at the Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh (1982-1992). He has been a staff anesthesiologist at Clearfield Hospital since 1992. Dr. Bleyaert will be remembered for his tireless patient care, leadership, and compassion.

Dr. Bleyaert is survived by his wife, Renee Desnoyers, five children; Helga Stadick, Alex Bleyaert, Michelle Bleyaert, Lauren Bleyaert and Nicole Bleyaert, and two grandchildren; Kaylee and Darby Stadick. Also surviving are two sisters; Juliette and Eveline, a brother, Julien and Dr. Bleyaert’s first wife, Cecile Van Vlaenderen, all of Belgium.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Honoring Dr. Bleyaerts wishes there will be no public viewing.

A Mass of Resurrection will be said at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, Clearfield with Msgr. H. Desmond McGee as Celebrant. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nathaniel D. Yingling, M.D., Cancer Center, 815 Doctors Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

The Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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January 23, 2012

dr.bleyaert was a wonderful caring, compassionate, intelligent, man, i love him and hope to see him again in the sky,i will never forget him and what he meant to me, and also his family,thanks for letting me be a part of your family.many thoughts and prayers. karen

Sandra Poureshmenantalemy

January 5, 2012

Renee and entire family, I am so sorry to hear of Achiel's passing. This comes as a complete shock to me! I so enjoyed working with him. He was a great practioner and teacher. I only have pleasant thoughts of him and I know he will be greatly missed. Know that he has touched many lives in a very positive way. My Deepest Sympathy, Sandi Poureshmenantalemy,CRNA

Jan Hendrickx

November 21, 2011

Achiel, Dear Achiel.
I enjoyed every moment I had with you. In every one's live, some people leave a long lasting deep impression, even though in retrospect you feel you may have not spent time enough together. Achiel is one of these persons. I value every moment I spent with him - he is one of the few mentors who left a long lasting, deep impression upon me. The questions, the smiles, the just being together, the gift of a book out of his library - these I will treasures forever.


November 12, 2011

To our Dearest Sweet Bleyaerts,
There are no words to let you know how we feel over the loss of of your beautiful husband and father. We were lucky to have known him and have lived next to you and to still have you in our lives and will always have you in our lives and in our hearts. Our family has never felt the same since you moved even tough you are a mile away

Mary DeFalice

November 9, 2011

Dear Renee,
I am so sorry about Achiel.
I will treasure my memories of all the good dinners, movies and just the " Good TIMES " that I had with your family.
Michelle ,Lauren & Nicole you had a GEM for a dad, if I can ever do anything for you,please just ask!
your friend,

Garret Van den Berghe

November 6, 2011

Dear Renée and family, Alex and Helga. I remember my uncle-godfather as somebody who never gave up. He teached me to believe in myself and only to trust myself. I still take his advice for granted every day in my business-life. He is/was an exemple for me. I will always remember my summer (1989) in the States. It changed my life forever! My deapest condolences for the great loss. Garret, Ariane, Cédric, Guillaume and Amelie Van den Berghe (Belgium)
PS: My mother,Eveline Bleyaert, lost her brother and husband, my father, in 6 months. She's going through a very hard time. He really is/was her "big brother".

Richard Riley

November 5, 2011

I will always remember Dr Achiel Bleyaert as a kind and talented teacher from my residency days in Pittsburgh.

Jean Rodgers

November 4, 2011

Dear Renee' Michelle, Lauren & Nicole,
Please accept our deepest sincere and heartfelt sympathy on your loss of this very kind and intelligent man.
Remember how compassionate he was with others and how much courage he had during his troubles.
Forever in your hearts!
the RODGERS family

Edwin Nemoto

November 4, 2011

Achiel was a dear friend and colleague I will always remember fondly. He was such a spirited and positive fellow. We spent many hours late at night working together on research studies where he showed his devotion and curiosity to learning. He will forever be in my thoughts with such fond memories.
Ed Nemoto

Edwin Nemoto

November 4, 2011

Achiel, was a dear friend and colleague. I was so fortunate to have worked with and to have known him. He will always be in my thoughts...the many nights we spent working on our research studies, running together in the field house at Pitt and giving scientific presentations at meetings. He was a true friend.
Ed Nemoto