In Memory of Paul S. May
Paul S. May
1927 - 2013
CPMC lost a true friend when Paul S. May passed away on September 12, 2013. Together with Frank Stein, Paul made numerous gifts over the past decade that helped improve the lives of CPMC patients with gastrointestinal ailments, low vision, and cardiac conditions. “The words ‘generous’ and ‘compassionate’ only begin to describe Paul May,” said Warren Browner, MD, CEO of CPMC. “His commitment to support the very best in patient care was something I was constantly reminded of whenever I was with him. Paul had a depth and sincerity of feeling, along with a sense of humor that made him a one-of-a-kind person and philanthropist. I will miss him deeply.”
Their gift to help build the Paul S. May and Frank Stein Interventional Endoscopy Center has created a facility that has quickly gained a national reputation for removing gastrointestinal polyps, cancers, and stones. Its renowned team led by Kenneth Binmoeller, M.D., also performs numerous other procedures in the digestive tract, bile and pancreatic ducts, and esophagus – and it’s all done without the need for major surgery. “Paul and Frank have helped thousands of patients receive state-of-the-art care for digestive diseases,” says Dr. Binmoeller. “Paul’s kindness and passion for helping others will be greatly missed.”
In addition, their generosity has allowed the Frank Stein and Paul S. May Center for Low Vision to help people with a vision loss that cannot be improved with eyeglasses or surgery. Instead, the Center uses rehabilitation techniques to teach patients how to compensate for their low vision. According to Susan Day, M.D., Department Chair of Ophthalmology at CPMC, “Paul and Frank both understood the precious value of vision. Their Center has given, and will continue to provide, hope and quality of life to countless people. I will miss Paul dearly, and am blessed to have known him.”
Showing a compassion that reached into the traditionally underserved neighborhoods South of Market, Paul and Frank also recently made yet another gift to CPMC, this time to the St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Center in honor of Ed Kersh, M.D. This gift helped Dr. Kersh and his team acquire a much-needed 3D echo imaging system. “Thanks to Paul and Frank, we now have another powerful tool at our fingertips to help us make faster, more accurate diagnoses of valve and coronary diseases during stress testing,” says Dr. Kersh.
These are but a few examples of how Paul’s kind-hearted giving touched thousands of lives every year. The Foundation is truly grateful and honored that he and Frank chose us to be their philanthropic partner on projects that helped improve the health of so many in our community.