OBITUARY

Peter A. Mansky, M.D.

January 2, 1943August 4, 2018
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Peter Alan Mansky M.D., 75, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday August 4,2018. He was born January 2,1943 to Annette and Manny Mansky in Utica, N.Y. After spending 61 years in N.Y., Boston, Kentucky, and back to N.Y., he came out to Las Vegas to continue his work in physicians health. Peter graduated high school with high honors and received full scholarships to Cornell University and SUNY Buffalo Medical School. During his early medical years he was also a lieutenant in the Navy serving in the Public Health Service. Peter’s professional journey as a physician touched many lives but his family was always first in his heart. He is survived by his wife and soulmate Susan, adult children Shauna, Michael, and Abigail of whom he was so proud, his beloved sister Daryl, and wonderful grandchildren Kayla, Jewel, Nathaniel, Noah, and Julia. He also leaves behind numerous extended family and friends who will feel the loss. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be on Saturday September 8, 2018 3-6pm with a remembrance memorial beginning at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A donation can be made online at http://www.nevadaspca.org/how-you-can-help/donate.

  • FAMILY

  • Manny Julius Mansky, Father
  • Annette Mansky, Mother
  • Susan Ellen Mansky, Wife
  • Abigail MacDonald, Daughter
  • Michael Mansky, Son
  • Shauna Manksy, Daughter
  • Daryl Kent, Sister
  • Eva Goldberg, Maternal Grandmother
  • Morris Goldberg, Maternal Grandfather
  • Ida Mansky, Paternal Grandmother
  • Nathan Mansky, Paternal Grandfather

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Peter A. Mansky, M.D.

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Luann - Bob Malark

September 7, 2018

We gather to celebrate because our lives have been touched by Peter Mansky. The longer you knew him, the more you realized what a remarkable man he was…. how devoted he was to his family….how loyal he was to his friends……and how available he was to literally anyone who needed help. His positivity and enthusiasm was so infectious!
We are lucky and grateful to be a part of Peter’s family. I just bet every one of you felt like you were a special part of his family, too. That’s the Peter we knew….and will always love.
Peter touched so many lives. His humor, kindness and selflessness continues to inspire all of us. I’d like to believe his legacy will live on in each of us!
Peter may not be in our everyday life……but he will be in our hearts forever!
In today’s society, one of the highest compliments you can give a man is to simply and sincerely say “He’s a good man”. Peter Mansky was not only a good man. I think we all agree that Peter Mansky was a “great” man! Peter, thank you for leaving such a lasting imprint on our hearts!

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Biography

Peter A Mansky MD was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Peter was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Peter would set about immediately to create it.

Peter was born on January 2, 1943 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, New York to Manny and Annette Mansky. Peter was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, Peter was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.

The positive atmosphere that Peter generated spread to his family. Peter was raised with a younger sister, Daryl. Peter served as a catalyst within the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Peter was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

Peter's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a young boy, he took part in baseball, was a boy scout, and performed in plays, playing the role of the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. In his spare time he liked board games, swimming, fishing and playing soldier. Peter's memorable achievements included his Bar Mitzvah at age 13, being an eagle scout and a ham radio operator.

When it came to academics and school, Peter's organizational skills reaped dividends. Peter was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from New Hartford High School in 1961. His favorite class in high school was math and he obtained perfect scores on his SAT.

The work habits and approaches to studying that Peter utilized in high school also served him well in college. Peter always seemed on a quest for knowledge. He was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for his classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. Peter was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. He earned his B. S. In Physics from Cornell University in 1965. In 1967 Peter spent the summer in Israel working at Haddasah Hospital. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1968 from State University of New York Medical School at Buffalo. His favorite courses were math and science. Peter's other interests included playing on the lacrosse team and he loved classical music.

In a group of friends and acquaintances, Peter was typically the first person to take the initiative to go up and greet someone new. That quality made him very approachable by others throughout his life. This same quality brought Peter the reward of many friends. Maintaining loyalty to those friends was a trait that came naturally to Peter. He believed that he should treat others in a fair manner, in the same way he wanted to be treated. Peter also showed a great deal of appreciation for the accomplishments of his friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Eddie Gayle, David Sunberg and John Sheehan. Later in life, he became friends with Brad Thompson, Mike Quinn and Jack Mulvey.

As Peter knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On December 27, 1984 Peter exchanged wedding vows with Susan Ellen Malark at their apartment in Slingerlands, New York. Susan was a significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for Peter to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Peter's secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

Family and children were important to Peter, even if he didn’t always show it. Peter was blessed with three children, Abigail, Michael and Shauna. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Kayla, Jewel, Nathaniel, Noah and Julia. Peter was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work. Peter rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

At work Peter was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Peter was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Peter might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was physician. He was employed for Physician's Health for 25 years and Psychiatry for 50 years.

Peter was a Navy veteran and was in the Public Health Service. Through his dedication and hard work, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Peter's fellow soldiers knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the importance of rules and striving to follow them. Peter's life approach was all about order.

Not only did Peter find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. His favorite pursuits were photography, skiing, playing guitar and the piano.

No matter what the activity was, Peter had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Peter played football. In his college years, Peter continued to stay active by playing lacrosse. Recreational sports included skiing, golf, jogging and swimming. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, basketball and the Olympics.

Peter's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made him a valuable asset to the organizations to which he contributed during his lifetime. Peter was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Peter had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. In high school, Peter was a member of the chorus and the football team. In college, Peter joined the lacrosse team. Throughout his later years, Peter was an active member of multiple professional organizations related to his career as a physician.
Peter lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a member of Temple Beth-El and Temple Bethemeth.

There were occasions in Peter's life where he would find himself involved in a cause or leading an organization and event where his drive to complete the project or meet the established goal was more important than his concern for the philosophy behind it. It was this kind of commitment and drive that earned him praise and honors throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.

Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Peter to apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. He had real talent for developing the perfect itineraries. Favorite vacations included Cape Cod, Stowe and Vermont.

Peter was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Peter's best friends when he was a 10 year old boy was Princess, a Boxer dog. In his later years he had Yeager, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever that was a part of his life for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his cat, Freckles.
Peter's retirement finally came in 2018 six weeks before his death. In retirement, he found new pleasure in swimming, watching movies and writing a book. Always a well-informed person, Peter enjoyed adding to his wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer him.

Peter passed away on August 4, 2018 at Kindred Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Peter had heart by-pass surgery and did not wake up due to brain anoxia. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, cousins, and numerous loving friends. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary. Peter was cremated and is with his loving wife.

Peter A Mansky MD knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Peter was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.