Sidney L. Stone MD, a resident of Farmington Hills, Michigan, died on February 2nd, 2020 at the age of 94. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel.
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Sidney L. Stone was born on April 20, l925, in Lublin, Poland, After immigrating to the United States in 1928, Sidney and the rest of his family eventually made their way to Detroit. Graduating from Cass Technical High School in 1943, Sidney chose to continue his studies at Wayne State University. Soon thereafter, he was drafted to fight in World War II, where he served in the European Theater and eventually earned a Purple Heart. Upon his return, Sidney graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1951. For forty-six years, Dr. Stone ran his own ophthalmology practice located on Detroit's East Side. He retired a midnight on December 31, 2001.
All throughout his career as well as to this day, Dr. Stone has made significant contributions to the community. Dr. Stone has always maintained an active role with his alma mater. He has made numerous donations to Wayne State's School of Medicine, all of which have positively impacted students' experiences at the university. In fact, as a result of his significant monetary donations, Dr. Stone was admitted to Wayne State’s Anthony Wayne Society. More than this, Dr. Stone has volunteered a great deal of time to both Wayne State University and the Kresge Eye Institute. Not only did he serve as the President of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association, but Dr. Stone also taught for many years as a Clinical Associate Professor. He's worked with countless students as they've embarked on their paths to becoming doctors. In a 2007 survey by his medical students, Dr. Stone is described as, "a very knowledgeable person and a pleasure to work with/learn from" and as “very respectful towards students and dedicated to teaching them." One student went as far as to say, "I wish Dr. Stone were my grandpa. He was great to us." By spending time in the classroom with his students, Dr. Stone has helped many of his students surmount the daunting challenge of medical school and achieve their dreams of becoming doctors.
In 2004, Dr. Stone was awarded the coveted Homer D. Strong award for his lifelong volunteer service to the university. Dr. Stone's unparalleled commitment h helping others reached even greater heights, when he received a commendation from American Airlines for assisting a fellow passenger in an emergency. Additionally, he joined a prestigious few when he was granted life fellowship status to the American Academy of Ophthalmology for his thirty-five plus year of commitment to the field.
0ver the years, Dr. Stone has taken part in many community activities including, WTVS-Channel 56 Public Television, working with Gleaners Community Food Bank and playing a role in the WDET-101.9 Radio Pledge Drive. He has also contributed time and funds to other organizations. In the Jewish Community, he has served on the Minyan Committee at Congregation Shaarey Zedek and was even honored by the congregation's Men's Club for his service. Dr. Stone, who lost many family members in the Holocaust, further serves the Jewish Community by working as a docent at the Holocaust Memorial Center and contributing his expertise to the Continuing Education Committee at the Center.
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