Maurice D. Kogut
July 7, 1930 – November 25, 2019
Maurice (Maury) D. Kogut passed away on November 25, 2019, in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He was born July 7, 1930 to Etta and Nathan Kogut, in Brooklyn, NY. He was the devoted husband of June P. (Wenzel) for more than 60 years, and the proud father of Melissa Kogut of Newton, MA, Pamela Kogut (Jerry Michael) of Cambridge, MA, and Stacy DeScenza of Ipswich, MA, and the proud grandfather of Amelia Michael.
Maury graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1948 (he was voted “Joe Erasmus” by the senior class), and he earned a B.A. degree (1951) and a medical degree (1955) from New York University. Maury loved medical school and the wards and clinics of Bellevue Medical Center.
He spent two wonderful years as a pediatrician in the Air Force stationed at a base in Fukuoka, Japan, where he met and married June Wenzel, a schoolteacher from Fairhaven, MA, who was teaching air force children at the same base.
In 1959, he and June moved to Los Angeles where Maury became Chief Resident in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, then became a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology and joined the full-time faculty at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. At LA Children’s Hospital and USC School of Medicine, Maury was Program Director of the Clinical Research Center (1968-1979), Head of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism (1968-1980), and Associate Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics (1975–1980). During his tenure in Los Angeles, Maury received several teaching awards.
In 1980, he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine (1980-1998) and the Medical Director of the Children’s Medical Center (1980-1997), in Dayton, Ohio.
Over the years, Maury was a member of several test committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners and also served on several test committees of the American Board of Pediatrics. In 2007, the National Board of Medical Examiners selected Maury to receive the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his more than 20 years of outstanding volunteer service as a member and chair of many committees.
In 1998, Maury retired from his positions in Dayton, and he and June moved to Centerville, MA, on Cape Cod, to be closer to their three daughters. Soon after their move to the Cape, Maury was appointed to the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine and taught first- and second-year medical students through 2017. He was nominated by his first-year students to win a teaching award, and was delighted by this recognition.
During his life, Maury took pleasure in watching sports (beginning with the Brooklyn Dodgers for which he would skip school with his buddies, paying 50 cents for bleacher seats), exercising (riding bicycles to Griffith Park in LA on Sunday was a family tradition, and until relatively recently jogging four miles daily on his treadmill), family camping trips (including to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Teton, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Mesa Verde), traveling (to Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, England, Scotland, and all around this country), going out to dinner with June every Friday evening at their favorite restaurants on the Cape, and reading (everything from crime and political thrillers, to keeping up with all of his medical journals). His great joy was teaching medical students and working with his many pediatric endocrine fellows. He continued to enjoy a cocktail with June every evening, perhaps the favorite part of his day.
In addition to his wife, children and grandchild, Maury leaves his sister-in-law Kathleen (Kitty) Kogut, his sister-in-law Leah Van Buskirk, and his nieces and nephews and their families. His older brother, Stanley Kogut, predeceased him. He was very grateful for the care and company provided by Dean Sennett and Elizabeth Loiselle in his last years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to your favorite organization or charity. Graveside services will be held at Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit, MA, on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Maurice D. Kogut
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November 29, 2019
Maury was one of my favorite customers . I have been his barber for many years and considered him a friend. He was a sweet man. He always spoke so highly of his family and I really enjoyed our conversations. I’m grateful for having known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family
November 28, 2019
I have known my Uncle Maury since I was 8 years old when he and Aunt June moved to Los Angeles to start their family and for my uncle to pursue his career. They arrived bearing gifts from their exciting sojourn in Japan. Our families lived nearby. My sister Bonnie, brother Bruce, and I shared many happy family gatherings with our younger cousins Melissa, Pam, and Stacy, especially summer barbecues with swimming in the pool, dogs jumping around and baseballs flying into our neighbor's backyard. I am grateful to my uncle for the support and encouragement he gave me in my medical education. (He did the same for several other budding doctors in our extended family.) He considered the study and teaching of medicine to be the highest good and he pursued it passionately. When I was a medical student, Uncle Maury once asked me a question about a rare disease and I was happy and relieved that I knew the answer. At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, his nickname was the "Silver Fox", referring to his handsome head of silver hair and his reputation as someone not to be crossed. Uncle Maury had a keen wit, a playful sense of humor, and a penchant for the provocative statement. He had firm political beliefs and left no doubt on which side he stood. He was frank about his own challenges overcoming a tumultuous home environment as a child. He constructively channeled a bit of an obsessive tendency. His work and his family provided him with an anchor that grounded him and gave his life purpose and direction. We shared several deeply meaningful phone calls and visits in the last few years. On our last visit in May 2018, Pam drove my wife Doris and me to June's and Maury's beautiful house on the Cape. We came with a bottle of vodka for Maury and a bottle of scotch for June and we were all happy campers. I will miss Uncle Maury and will always remember his humor, his brilliance, the strong opinions he freely expressed, and his love for his family.
November 26, 2019
Our Dear Uncle Maury greeted family and friends with warmth and joy as long as I have known him . He would refer to myself and his love ones with great affection . He would ask “ How are you Bonnela ?” I hold many fond memories close to my heart . I remember the first time he and beautiful Aunt June came to our home in the San Fernando Valley. They were our adventurous relatives who met on base in Japan, carrying beautiful gifts for my brothers and myself. Holidays, family gatherings either at our home or their North Hollywood home were filled with lovely planned table settings, a delicious menu , lots of laughter, and playing with Missy ,Pam and Stacy. Another joyful memory was sitting around their table to eat lobster and partake in good conversation at their Centerville home . I will always remember their 50th anniversary party with Aunt June’s family and the Koguts. It was a memorable occasion.
I am grateful to my cousin when we drove to the Cape in May 2017 to visit them . This visit was filled with details of Uncle Maury’s recollections and pride . As always , Aunt June ‘s hospitable style allowed for anyone who who visited to feel relaxed . This last visit will always be etched in my mind . Rest In Peace , Uncle Maury —your memory is a blessing