Chas. Peter Nagel Funeral Directors

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Michele Catiane Pauporte

May 23, 1971August 26, 2019

Dr. Michèle Pauporté of New York City died unexpectedly on Monday August 26, 2019 at the age of 48. Michèle was a board certified dermatologist in Manhattan, specializing in Mohs skin cancer surgery. She cared deeply about her patients, and was extremely proud of being able to help them through the difficulties of a cancer diagnosis. Michèle grew up in Locust Valley, N.Y., the second of four children. She graduated from Friends Academy in 1989 and received her B.A. from Dartmouth College. After completing her post baccalaureate premedical work at Bryn Mawr College, she graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors. After a lifetime on the east coast, Michèle headed west in 2000 to train as a dermatology resident and Mohs surgery fellow at the University of California - San Francisco. She loved her years there, exploring her new city and looking for places to hike or run. She was an avid tennis player, swimmer and skier. Michèle was a true athlete at heart. Michèle was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend. After her medical training, she settled in New York City to be close to her family, especially her older sister, Dr. Joëlle Pauporté, who was battling breast cancer. Michèle did everything she could to support Joëlle and her young daughter, and spent as much time as she could making memories with them. In 2004, Michèle and Joelle created “Light One Little Candle”, a non-profit organization that provides picture books and chapter books to children who have a parent battling cancer. After Joëlle’s death, Michèle served as a board member and continued to honor her sister’s legacy. But of all the titles and roles that Michèle held, her proudest was mother to her two young children, Tiger Pauporté Patton and Samantha Joëlle Pauporté. She shared with them her love of reading and taught them to skate and ski. Michèle built her life around her son and daughter and loved them with all of her heart. In addition to her children, Michèle is survived by her parents, Dr. Joyce Pauporté, a pediatrician in Manhattan, and Dr. Jacques Pauporté, a retired surgeon in Brussels, Belgium. She is also survived by her sister Chantal Pauporté of New York City, her brother Pierre Pauporté of New York City, her niece Halle Wagner of West Hartford, CT, and her circle of heartbroken friends.

A memorial service will held on October 6, 2019 at 1 PM at the Meeting House, Friends Academy, 270 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY. Donations may be sent to:

Eluna at https://elunanetwork.org/donate/

Friends Academy at https://www.fa.org/give


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Birgitte Bryld

September 17, 2019

Dr. Pauporte used to be my dermatologist. She was the most professionally competent, warm and wonderful doctor one could ever ask for.

We would laugh and share experiences from raising children in New York as single parents. She always spoke with such pride and love for her son and daughter.

My heart is broken for her young children, her family and friends. May they find strength and comfort in knowing she was so loved and admired by her patients as well.

With my deepest condolences.

Susy Struble

September 13, 2019

I am a college classmate of Michele's. I didn't know her well in those years, but we connected at an early reunion and thereafter in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we fell out of touch when she moved to NYC.

What a remarkably warm and intelligent woman, beautiful inside and out! She was a gem: a paragon of soft humor, gentleness and liveliness too. I just loved and admired her so.... I wish I could remember a good story to tell, but they were just normal moments between friends. I recall immediately and deeply bonding with her when we met again at reunion and being so disappointed that I somehow missed her friendship those four years in Hanover. I kind of remember picking ticks off each other after a great hike up Mt Moosilauke before reunion. Not a good story, perhaps, but for me it's a perfect memory of women finding quick, warm friendship with a lot of laughter and mutual affection. I'll return to that memory to keep me warm. I love you, Michele, and will miss you. I hope I get to meet your children some day and tell them what you meant to me.

Garland Lee

September 10, 2019

I have heard of some amazing stories of Michele’s care for her patients. She will be truly missed. Sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of your family during this time.

Robin Abramovitz

September 6, 2019

Michele was my cousin & a brilliant doctor and loving mother to her two little ones. She loved being a Mom and created a comfortable home for her family. Although we knew each other our entire lives, I feel lucky that I got to spend a lot of extra time with her when she lived at Carnegie Park, where I worked. She was not only beautiful on the outside, with big brown eyes, curly hair and a smile that could light up the room, but was also beautiful on the inside. She will be in our hearts forever & eternally missed.

Robin Abramovitz

Lynne Dolle

September 5, 2019

Michelle was my niece . Although she is gone, she will never leave my thoughts. Michelle was an adorable six month old. One day, as she sat beneath her family's Christmas tree, she scooted around on her bum trying to reach her favorite toys.

Allston Chapman

September 4, 2019

Michelle was my neighbor at Carnegie Park . She was so beautiful and friendly with such a kind spirit. I feel like I just saw her in the neighborhood. All of you - her mother, sister, son and daughter will be in my thoughts. This is a real loss and I am terribly sorry. Michelle and all her family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jennifer Meltzer Geller

September 4, 2019

Michele was one of my very first friends as we met in PreK at Friends Academy. I have so many cherished memories that I will never forget. When I think of Michele, I think of her radiant smile, her effervescent spirit, and her incredibly kind hearted nature. My love and sincere condolences go out to her family. The world had lost a very special person.

Barbara Cassese

September 3, 2019

I met Michele when I went to JUVA to have MOHS surgery. She walked out with UCSF scrubs and my son was doing a residency there. I also had sent some books for her niece when her sister Joelle passed away. It was a coincidence that we should have so much to talk about. I remember her marriage her son's birth and her daughters. Michele was a warm caring person who had passion for her profession and her family. My husband and I will miss her. This is a very sad time for all.

Katie Zorn

September 3, 2019

I met Michelle in the park on 97th and Fifth when our boys were toddlers. We struck up a friendship that was very meaningful to me. I have no words to express how sad I am to hear of her passing. Sending her family my love and deepest condolences. Michelle was a strong and kind presence in my life, and I will never forget her.

Lisa Travis

August 30, 2019

I met Michele through a mutual friend while we were doing our dermatology training. After she moved to nyc we became friends and several years later started working together. I was very fortunate to have worked side by side with Michele. She was a kind and compassionate person and a talented surgeon. Her friendly and warm personality allowed her to easily connect with patients and every around her. Her positive energy brightened our days. I will miss her deeply.