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Dr. Raymond V. Biondo

Dr. Raymond Biondo died on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 2008, unexpectedly and suddenly while walking with his wife, to a restaurant. He has been very well known and highly regarded in Arkansas and beyond, as a Dermatologist and as a volunteer for The National, Regional and Local Boy Scouts, The Department of Veterans Affairs and many other organizations.

Dr. Biondo was born in New York City, in 1936 and grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, attending public schools. He was an outstanding scholar since his youth and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned both a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and later the Doctor of Medicine degree, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Biondo was an Intern in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1967 and then had advanced post-graduate training in Dermatology at UAMS, culminating in Certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. His office for the solo, private practice of Dermatology was in North Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1971 until his retirement in 1990. Dr. Biondo was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UAMS. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Arkansas Medical Society, Pulaski County Medical Society, American Academy of Dermatology, and many other medical organizations.

After his retirement from the practice of Dermatology, Dr. Biondo embarked on another full-time career, this time as a Volunteer serving the Department of Veterans Affairs in an advisory scientific research capacity, the National Boy Scouts and the Arkansas Medical Society among others. Among the many, many awards that Dr. Biondo received in recognition of his accomplishments and service, were: The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Special Contribution Award in 1999 (only seven presented to an Arkansan); The Arkansas Medical Society Aesculapian Award in 2008; Silver Buffalo Award in 2002 (the highest National Boy Scouts Award, the third Arkansan to receive it in the preceding 75 years); Key to the City of Indianapolis, Indiana 1981; U.S. Olympic Committee Letter of Commendation in 1982; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1994.

Dr. Biondo is survived by his wife Mary Biondo and his close cousins Mayer and Mordecai Schwarz. Graveside burial service will be private for the family. A Memorial Service and Celebration of the Life of Raymond V. Biondo, will be held at Temple B'Nai Israel at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 4th, 2009, with a reception to follow.

Memorials may be made to the National museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R. Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009; the Jewish Federation of Arkansas; Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and, the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, Temple B'Nai Israel, 3700 Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock, AR 72212-2498.

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"Mary, I am so sorry that Ray is not with us any longer.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and for him during this sad time.

Take care of yourself.

With sympathy and love, Elisa Di Pietro"

Elisa Di Pietro | Batavia, NY | zebenelisa@yahoo.com

"Mary, I am so sorry, my heart is broken. Dr. Biondo (He fussed at me for calling him that, he would always say "Ray", just call me Ray.) was a wonderful man; Voluntary Service will miss him very much along with a lot of other people here at CAVHS!

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Let us know if we can help you in any way."

Peggy Eddy | Cabot, AR | peggy.eddy@va.gov

"Dear Mary & family: We were shocked to see Ray's obituary in the paper this morning. We know it is a shock to you as well. May God graciously give you His peace and comfort as you think back over the years of Ray's life and the good times (and even the bad ones) that you were together with him.
We counted it a privilege to know him; he was so keen on helping others and giving himself to a plethora of good causes. The world is a little sadder today for his passing--may others who have been inspired by him rise up to carry on his efforts. In deep sympathy and love,"

Robert & Carolyn LeMaster | Little Rock, AR | cglemaster@gmail.com

"Mary:
our condolences for the loss of Ray, a great man and friend"

Michel & Pam Leidermann | Little Rock, AR 72223, AR | michel@arktimes.com

"I will remember Ray as a teacher, colleague and friend. He will be missed."
GUNNAR GIBSON, MD | Little Rock, AR |

"Ray will be truly missed. He & Mary were such fun coming into the rec center. My prayers are with you."
Dianna Price | Cabot, AR | dlprice0507@yahoo.com

"Saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Biondo. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers."
Frank Butler | Little Rock, AR | fbutler@arprostatecancer.org

"Mary,

I was so saddened to learn of Ray's untimely death. You and Ray were always so wonderful together. It was easy to see your love for each other. Now words cannot comphrehend your loss.

I am proud to have known Ray. He was a very fine man. My prayers are for you.

Sincerely,

Judy"

Judy Wright | Maumelle, AR | wright-judy@att.net

"Ray, you are and always will be the light to follow in our life. We love you
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Compadre Family | Little Rock , AR | cmc7000@yahoo.com

"Mary,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Dr. Biondo while working at Memorial ER back in the early 70s. I always enjoyed working with him and he was very kind to his patients and co workers.

He was not only a Doctor but a teacher as well, always explaining to us younger ones what he was looking for and how to treat it.

He was a blessing!He will always be with us in memory."

Bob Franklin | Little Rock, AR | bf4629@yahoo.com

"Mary,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was the epitome of everything good and kind in this world, and he was a genuinely happy person. Matt and I feel blessed and honored to have known him. We will always be there for you."

Tulsi Bice | Baton Rouge, LA |

"Mary, I was so blessed to have had Uncle Ray in my life. My words can't express the feeling in my heart at his passing. We loved Uncle Ray and always will. We will always be here for you. "
Matt Bice | Baton Rouge, LA | mbice63@hotmail.com

"Ray will truly be missed by all whom he has ever been in contact with. He was a kind and giving man. He cared about everyone he met; and he spent time trying to help others through his volunteer work. We really enjoyed having him on our Board of Directors at Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation; and will miss his presence for years to come.
Our prayers are with his family in this time of loss, but know that he will always be in our thoughts.
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Pat Keller & Staff, Ark Health Care Access Foundation | Little Rock, AR | pat@ahcaf.org

"Dear Mary,
Johnnie and I are so devastated about Ray's demise. You two have been so very nice to us for many years, and I will always remember the gracious and special support Ray offered me related to our specialty and all of medicine. Our love to you."

Rex and Johnnie Amonette | Memphis, TN | rexamonette@aol.com

"Mary, we loved him so very much and looked forward to his visits. We at the College of Medicine Alumni Association have a hole in our hearts.

Judith McClain
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Judith McClain | Little Rock, AR | jmcclain@uams.edu

"Mary,

This is such a tragic loss. I will miss Ray. He was such a fine advocate for veteran issues. I enjoyed his friendship very much. It was my honor to have him as my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this sad occasion.

With kindest personal regards,

Doug Wood"

Doug Wood | Little Rock, AR | doug.crystal.wood@sbcglobal.net

"Ray was truly a great man. He was one of the kindest, most giving, most humble people I knew. My thoughts and prayers will be with you at this difficult time. "
melissa sawyer | little rock, AR | msawyer1984@gmail.com

"Dear Mary,

We were saddened to learn of Ray's passing. Ray left a huge void behind him and we miss him already. You both are most kind, humble and generous souls we are fortunate to know. There are no words that can comfort the pain of loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you.

Carla and Boaz"

Carla and Boaz Robinzon | Rehovot ISRAEL | brobinzon@aol.com

"MARY,

YOU AND DR. BIONDO WERE VERY KIND TO ME WHEN I WORKED FOR YOU AND HIM AT THE PRACTICE BEFORE HE SOLD IT TO DR. SINGER. I ENJOYED THOSE YEARS SO MUCH AND HE WAS A GREAT PERSON TO WORK FOR. HE DID SO MUCH FOR THIS STATE AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. "

SUZANNE JOHNSON HARRIS | BENTON, AR | SUZANNE.HARRIS@ARKANSAS.ASP.GOV

"Our hearts are heavy knowing that Ray is gone. He was a caring and loving man. He always lifted others up and in so doing improved the lives of many. Mary, our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Jay and Carol Menna | Sherwood, AR | J.Menna@sbcglobal.net

"My heart goes out to you. He will be so missed. I have wonderful memories of discussions that we had and long long talks. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

Please come and visit so we can continue the special tie that has been there for years. The two of you are a great inspiration to me. He will be missed.
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Gloria Gushue- Don Quixote's | Calico Rock , AR | gloria@donquixotes.net

"Mary,

We just learned of Ray's passing yesterday; some weeks after his passing. We have certainly missed the two of you coming up to visit Calico Rock and the beautiful White River that we know you both loved so well. Ray was such a bundle of knowledge, warmth and caring.

Please come up and stay with us any time you can get away; we would love to have you as our guest.

All the best,

Derrall and Patty Brown"

Derrall and Patty Brown | Calico Rock, AR | trout@whiteriversuites.com

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