Millard Dr. Bass

September 29, 1931July 23, 2018

Millard Bass, DO, M.P.H, Sc.D., 86, of Brooklyn, NY passed away on July 24, 2018 at his home in Brooklyn, NY. He was a pathologist and retired as deputy medical examiner for the State of New York.

Born in Newport, NH, he was the son of the late William M. and Betty (Heafitz) Bass of Lynn and brother of the late Rita Bass.

He is survived by his brother Gilbert Bass and his wife Naomi of Wellesley; a nephew Michael Bass and his wife, Lori; a niece Suzanne Rich and her husband, David.

Interment will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to: Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements under the care of Stanetsky Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA 01970. For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit


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Loretta Merlo

August 3, 2018

I met Dr. Bass some 10 years ago at the Samuel J. Wood Library at Weill Cornell Medicine. He was interested in doing some personal, medical-related research, and joined the WCM Partners in Medicine program at my suggestion in order to be eligible to use the Library. He became a regular patron, and I soon found out his background and bits and pieces about his work. He was like one of those retired policemen you see on the TV show "Unsolved Mysteries" - he had a file of unresolved cases that he was determined to solve now that he was retired, and whenever he found a piece of information in an old journal in the library stacks, he was thrilled. The somewhat gruesome, macabre nature of some of his research provided stark contrast to his sweet nature - he was an old-fashioned, polite gentleman, always warm and kindly. In fact, we fashioned our Graduate Student orientation, a "Murder Mystery", after some of his research.

As his physical health deteriorated - he went from using a cane to a walker to a wheelchair - he still persevered, coming in before or after his doctor appointments here in the hospital to touch base or sometimes just to visit, always asking me how my health was and raving about how great the doctors at WCM/NHPH were. He was a dear man, and I shall miss our visits, which always brightened my day.