Death of Dr. Kay

Dr. Calvin F. Kay, emeritus clinical professor and former chief of cardiology at the School of Medicine and HUP, died of heart complications on January 21 at the age of 87.

Dr. Kay received his B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1932, and his M.D. from Penn in 1935. He served his residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and then rejoined Penn as an instructor in the School of Medicine in 1940. He served as a Major in the Army from 1942 to 1946, while continuing to teach at Penn, as an associate from 1941 to 1945, and as an assistant professor from 1945 to 1953. In 1945, he was named chief of the renal disease section in the department of medicine, and in 1952 he was named chief of the cardiac section. He became a full professor in 1962.

When Penn founded its Cadiovascular Clinical Research Center in 1961, Dr. Kay served as its first director. He also served as director of the Robinette Foundation, established in 1928 to study treatment and prevention of diseases of the heart and circulatory system. After Dr. Kay's retirement from practice in 1971, he served as the deputy executive vice president of the American College of Physicians, as well as continuing his affiliation with Penn as professor of clinical medicine. He was granted emeritus status in 1980.

Dr. Kay published more than 46 articles on cardiovascular and renal subjects in medical periodicals and textbooks.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances Stoeltzing Kay; two daughters, Jean McCoy and Patsy Helmetag; six granddaughters; one great-granddaughter.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 19, February 1, 2000

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