Dr. Richard Kroner

Born: Tue., Jun. 20, 1933
Died: Sun., May 10, 2020


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  Dr. Richard Kroner passed away on May 10, 2020 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY of complications from COVID-19. He was one month shy of his 87th birthday. His daughter Felicia was by his side, holding his hand during his final hours.

  Richard Samuel Kroner was born in Newark, NJ on June 20, 1933 to Lawrence and Pearl Kroner. He grew up in Maplewood, NJ. After graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood, Richard attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1954. In 1956 he enlisted in the Army, and he served in France as a Specialist. After returning from France, he made the decision to become a Medical Doctor. He received his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in 1964. On April 12, 1965, he married Louisa Giaccone of New York, New York. In 1976 Richard and Louisa moved to Mountain Lakes, NJ where they raised their two children and lived for 30 years.

  Richard absolutely loved being a physician and was continuously fascinated by the science of medicine, constantly reading and attending meetings. He was known by his patients, colleagues and community as an extremely compassionate and gentle doctor with a unique skill for being a truly gifted diagnostician. He specialized in Infectious Diseases and was on the forefront of treating patients at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s. He treated many patients with HIV at a time when many other doctors were reluctant to treat this population due to fear. He maintained his medical practice until 1996 when he retired to enjoy his other passions in life.

  Richard was an avid fan of classical music and was a talented pianist himself. He found solace in listening to all classical music but had a particular love for Beethoven. His favorite piece was Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 (Opus 111), which he often played on the piano. He derived great joy from attending live classical symphonies, operas and Broadway musicals, which were a frequent outing for him and Louisa. Richard loved Manhattan. He began his medical practice there and continued to visit The City for the rest of his life. He also loved travel and was fortunate to have extensively explored Europe and much of the United States.

  Richard was blessed with great intelligence and a curious mind. He was an avid reader of the New York Times and nonfiction books. His brain was a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge of history, politics, the stock market, music and the arts. He was constantly in search of more knowledge. He loved meeting friends for lunch and political discussions and was fond of friendly banter and good-natured debates. He was a proud and passionate Democrat.

  Richard was a genuinely caring soul. He loved giving advice and taking care of his loved ones. His smile and sense of humor were appreciated by family, friends and strangers. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, whom he adored tremendously. He cared deeply for his family and friends and was always supportive and helpful.

  Richard’s greatest love in life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Louisa; his son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Jacinta Kroner; his daughter and son-in-law, Felicia and Scott Black; and his four loving grandchildren, Sofia, Leo, Juliette and Bella.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of his life has been postponed until such gatherings can be done safely.

A great soul never dies. — Maya Angelou. Arrangements entrusted with Joseph J Darrow Sr Funeral Home Inc. 39 So Hamilton St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-1840. To send online condolences please visit www.darrowfuneralhome.org

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Marilyn Evans
   Posted Sat May 16, 2020
I extend my deepest condolences to the Kroner family for the untimely passing of Richard Kroner, a very cherished family member. He was a brilliant Doctor and a wonderful man. I will always remember his wonderful sense of humor and also the great advice that he gave me over the years! I am so privileged to have gotten to know him over the years and he will be so greatly missed! 😢🙏🏻❤️.. May he Rest In Eternal Peace! Gone too soon! 😢😢 Marilyn Evans

Lily Friedman
   Posted Sun May 17, 2020
It was all so quick, so sudden, so sad..such a shock -just a couple weeks before he was giving me advice on avoiding covid by taking 5000 units of Vitamin D..which I assume he was doing..which adds to the mystery of however covid got to him.
We became friends at Adamant, VT where he went to audit Menahem Pressler's master classes. He loved music,piano indeed life. We discussed music, books, piano playing (as I am a pianist), life. Along with Louisa I have many memories of visits to the Met Museum, to restaurants at the edge of the Hudson, even one in Montauk,Long Island many years ago.He will be missed...and I hope to see Louisa imminently when "all of this" calms down.

Susan Schrenzel
   Posted Sun May 17, 2020
I'm in shock...we've been emailing back n' forth for the last many weeks.
Dick is someone who I always assumed would be there. I've known him since our teen years. We use to go Lewisohn stadium for their Summer concerts. Our parents were friends and that's how we somehow met.
We shared our recent "discovery" of Vit. D. In an "E" he expressed his concern for Felicia working in a hospital,her attentiveness to his and Louisa's grocery needs.

I'm very sad....I thought there would be another visit, a lunch this Summer, in Manhattan.

So sorry.....did not expect this.

With love to his family.
Susan

Diane-Ellen McCarron
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
Dear Louisa and all members of the Kroner family,
I am so sorry to hear that Richard, your loving husband, passed away during this pandemic. I remember so well the discussions I had with him when I was gallery sitting at ACHP. He told me how much he adored you at our first meeting and went into his wallet to show me your beautiful portrait photo taken around the time both of you first met. At your gallery opening, he shared how he was a retired Doctor who specialized in infectious diseases- especially HIV early on when little was known about the disease. He was so proud of his family and relished helping put up your beautiful art show. I was touched by Richard's cheer, gift of gab, interest in others and the world workings, and most of all his love for his family. He was so vital and full of life the few times my life was graced by his presence. Louisa, may you and your family be comforted by the love that is lasting and no doubt, will continue to live in the hearts and memories of others here on earth with resilience and good will. Peace and sympathy to all, Diane-Ellen McCarron

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