Collingwood S. Karmody, M.D.

September 25, 1929November 15, 2013

Collingwood S. Karmody, a resident of Cape Cod and Hilton Head Island, S.C. was 84 when he passed on November 15, 2013.

Collin is survived by his wife Patricia Priestley, children Maoliosa, Collin and Michele, step son Joseph, grand children Nicholas, Rebecca, Mark, Maxwell and Alexander. Siblings Jean, Angela, Phyllis, Winston and many nieces and nephews.

Collin had extended family and countless friends residing across the United States, Canada, England and Trinidad. Collin was born on 25th September, 1929 in Trinidad & Tobago. Collin was very active and loved, tennis, cycling, cricket and squash. He was intensely interested in everything the world had to offer. Possessing a curious and open mind he could actively participate and enjoyed discussions on any subject. He highly valued education, and helping others in need. Collin was mentor to some and friend to many.

Collin studied medicine at the University College Dublin (now the National University of Ireland) where he won the Ambrose-Birmingham Gold Medal and received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO) in 1955. After graduation, he continued his career at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Institute of Laryngology and Otology of the University of London, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Harvard University as Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Vermont. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1960. Collin worked for 30 years as surgeon and professor at Tufts New England Medical Center where he was later appointed Professor Emeritus. Collin was widely traveled and presented research papers and lectured through the world. Professor Karmody had served as Examiner for the fellowship examinations of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He held Visiting Professorships at Harvard University, The State University of New York, the University of Vermont, the University of Tennessee, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Chile. Professor Karmody held many distinguished positions. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was Professor of Otolaryngology and served as Interim Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Karmody received the Honor Award of the AAO – HNS and was consultant to the Board of Rehabilitation in Massachusetts.

In 2005, he and two colleagues discovered a new inherited medical syndrome involving early greying, hearing loss and essential tremor, which has not yet been named. Doctor Karmody was an internationally known otolaryngologist who was noted for his research interests in the pathophysiology of Otitis Media, congenital abnormalities of the head and neck, and the histopathology of deafness. He authored the Textbook of Otolaryngology and over 140 scientific papers.

Collin will be greatly missed by family and friends. Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday from 5:30-7PM at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich followed by a Time of Remembrance at 7PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Collingwood S Karmody MD may be made to McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Rd., East Sandwich, MA 02537.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Time of Remembrance Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Eileen Donahue

December 19, 2013

I was a patient of Dr. Karmody's for many years. He was kind and caring. He
would always fit me in when I had an issue with my ear. He cared about his patients very much. My condolences to his family.

November 27, 2013

Oh Pat. You know that Collin was one of my favorite people since the 1960s. I am going to miss him very much...... but I have fantastic memories of our studies together. He was one of a kind, and "kind" is one of the operative words.

Usha Hart

November 25, 2013

Dear Pat, Maoliesa, Collin, and Michele,

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Uncle Colin.

I am also very sorry we did not see Maoliesa, and Michele at the memorial in Trinidad ( Hans told me they were here)

Prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

Usha on behalf of Susila Mohammed and family .

Mike Caboy

November 22, 2013

Dear Pat,
So sorry to hear about Collin. I always enjoyed speaking with him at the courts. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Karen

Maura Ollari

November 21, 2013

Dear Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Maura Ollari

Dr. Sean Perot

November 21, 2013

Professor Karmody was the extern examiner for six years for the Human Diseases Programme of the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies. Firm, but always fair, he was generous with his expertise and keen to contribute to the development of the land of his birth. On behalf of his colleagues at the San Fernando General Hospital we extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

November 21, 2013

Dear Pat
Don and I were so saddened when we heard of Collin's passing last week. I know how your heart must ache so deeply right now, but there WILL come a day when you'll be thinking of something that Collin said or did, and you'll realize that you have a tiny, little smile on your face and THAT WILL warm your heart. He'll always be with you, Pat. What a kind, warm and gentle man he was. Collin will be missed in Carolina Place. You and your family will be in our prayers. Please know we care and will always be here for you.
Don and Donna Summers

Beth Henzler

November 20, 2013

Dear Pat,

We very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed many tennis games with Collin on the court. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Beth & Matt Henzler

The Rosenbergs

November 20, 2013

Dearest Pat and Family:
For I am in Chicago and Naomi is in Washington, we cannot attend this service.
Simply for our entire family:
Colin was a great and, most importantly, good man. Our children still remember going to that house overlooking Morse's Pond, watching Colin attempting to heat it, busting in on you after an early Sunday trip to the Stoneham Zoo and having you over for Thanksgiving. Growing old is not for the faint of heart and Colin did it with class and panache and in the arms of this amazing woman whom he adored and loved as we do.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you is this time and beyond,
The Rosenberg Family

November 20, 2013

Dear Pat, Our hearts were saddened upon hearing of Collin's passing. Our prayers are for peace for you and your family at this time.
Christine & Axel Graf