Bernard L. Kaye, M.D.
1927 – 2008
Bernard Kaye, M.D. died March 14, 2008, at the age of 80, in Jacksonville, Florida. A nationally prominent facial surgery specialist, Kaye helped found the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 1968 and served as its president in 1980. In addition to his medical degree, he received a degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1953 and later completed a general surgery residency at Yale University Medical Center and a plastic surgery residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine and chief of plastic surgery at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville before retiring in the 1990s. Kaye was an active board member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and performed as an occasional guest musician. He played several instruments and once had an alto saxophone solo written for him by the jazz great Duke Ellington. Kaye was a marksman who served with the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as the founder and former president of the Jacksonville chapter of the Châine des Rôtisseurs, a society devoted to fine food. Kaye was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce. He is survived by his second wife, Shan; a son, Robert; a daughter, Deborah; and stepchildren Juliet Boughton, Cecilia Whittlesea, Felicity Cornish, and Richard Hand.