Mary Alice Fazekas-May

April 2, 1956March 22, 2020

Mary Alice Fazekas-May, MD. passed away on March 22, 2020 at the age of 63, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband of 33 years Dr. Thomas May, daughter Georgianna, and parents Daniel and Pearl Fazekas of Baton Rouge. She is also survived by her sister Janice Cary (husband Jeff) of Covington and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Alice graduated from Broadmoor High School in 1974. She attended LSU where she was a Golden Girl and a member of Phi Mu sorority. She continued her education at LSU Medical School in New Orleans. She was the first woman to be accepted into and complete the Otorhinolaryngology residency at LSU. She moved to Little Rock where she was Chief of ENT at the VA and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She later returned to New Orleans to teach at LSU School of Medicine and practice at the VA where she rose to Chief of Surgery. Post-Katrina, she continued her work at the VA as Chief of ENT and practiced and taught at Tulane. During her career, she educated over 100 resident physicians and innumerable students, and was awarded multiple honors, including the Otolaryngology Resident Teaching Award, the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery’s Prestigious Honor Award, and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She was recognized through multiple publications and teaching awards from residents and students. She dedicated much of her life to working to help veterans as her thanks for their service. It was her vocation, not a job. She also dedicated her life to teaching and training the new generations of surgeons so that they too could do good in the world, as she did. She was a brilliant surgeon and cared about her patients and all of the people she worked with. She served on Board of Governors for the New Orleans Opera Guild, was a member of the Mad Hatters Luncheon Committee, the Steering Committee for Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Bravo, NOMA Volunteer Association (including various committees), Spring Fiesta Association, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), where she served as recording secretary and vice president. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Guild and the New Orleans Garden Club, and was a member of the Krewe of Iris. Mary Alice traveled the world with Georgianna and Tom, and the three were incredibly close. She was a devout member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she was a previous elder and Sunday school teacher. She is described as the strongest woman I knew, and was compassionate, fun-loving, feisty, accepting, mischievous, creative, warm and had a great sense of humor. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to: American Cancer Society, New Orleans Mission, Second Harvest, American Heart Association. An online guestbook is available at


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Louis Hebert

April 4, 2020

I was a fellow colleague. Mary was one of the most compassionate, intelligent ENT physicians. She had a great sense of humor and a true warmth surrounding her. My dear condolences to Tom and family.

Sue Mcnabb

April 2, 2020

Today, April 2, is our dear friend’s birthday and we know she is in heaven surrounded by a host of angels while she smiles her beautiful and warm smile and shows the heavenly group how a celebration is done in style. Mary was the best at pulling together all the details to make any gathering a celebration. We all miss you, dear friend.

Glinda Parker Glascock

April 1, 2020

I was a little girl who lived next door to y’all and loved Janice, Mary Alice and Ms. Pearl and Mr. Dan. Mary Alice was sweet, kind and very loving. She and Janice let me play in their rooms and dress up in their clothes. I have the best memories of y’all. Love y’all so much and am so sad to hear about Mary Alice. Much love, Glinda

Michael Lyons, MD

March 30, 2020

We will miss Mary dearly. She always seemed to be in a good mood during residency, facing challenges with courage and strength. I pray her family manages to get through this rough time.

Carroll & Debra Domangue

March 30, 2020

She was a great physician and friend to our daughter. She will be severely missed.

edward massey

March 30, 2020

Dr. Fazekas was my doctor at LSU and the VA Medical Center in New Orleans. she was the most complete, kind, caring and understanding doctor I have ever had. May her soul rest in peace.

Viki Lovelace

March 30, 2020

I was a patient of Dr. Fazekas for over 25 years starting at LSU then Tulane. Never had I experienced such compassion, expertise and kindness from a physician. She was a straight shooter with no fluff and totally focused on me during our visits to improve the quality of my life given my persistent ENT issues. You might have considered her an "old schooled" physician surgeon and yet she always found a solution to my issues as well as giving me some great suggestions on controlling recurrent infections, etc. I am at a loss to express my feelings on how much her encouragement, friendship and laughter made my day go by easily but how very much I will miss her kind words and deeds. She was one of the most precious diamonds of the ENT world and I am praying for her family and her patients.

Elizabeth Claiborne

March 29, 2020

My deepest sympathies on your loss.
Dr Fazekis was an exceptionally fine doctor, and an outstanding surgeon. Also, a lot of fun!
She fixed my problem and saved my life. In heels and pearls. She set a standard for first class care, the world is better for her being here, a bit poorer from her loss.

Richard Lewis

March 29, 2020

She was the best in her field, very caring to her patients at the VA medical center. I was one of her patients and will always be grateful to her. A great loss. Praying for her family.

Dr. Carlos Ramirez

March 29, 2020

Dear Tom,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for peace and comfort in such a difficult time.
Your friend,