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Dr. Paul Zeldan Kissner

Dr. Paul Zeldan Kissner, 78, died on 12 May 2019.

The Memorial Service was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Friday, 07 June 2019 at 3:30 PM .

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

After the service there will be food and reminiscing at Paul and Dana’s home in Ann Arbor. Please call the Chapel office for the address at 248-569-0020.

Paul Zeldan Kissner, MD, passed away on May 12, 2019 after a year-long struggle with mantle cell lymphoma.

He was born in The Bronx, NY on August 17, 1940 to Morris and Helen (Scher) Kissner. He spent his childhood sneaking into Yankees games, playing stickball, and generally making his mother nervous. He spent summers on Cape Cod playing tennis. He graduated from New York High School of Music and Art in 1958; University of Michigan, where he played varsity tennis, in 1962; and U of M Medical School in 1966. He served as a physician in the U.S. Public Health Service, Peace Corps Division, Kingston, Jamaica from 1967-1969. There he learned firsthand what leprosy, diphtheria, and tropical disease look like. After completing his nephrology fellowship at the U of M in 1974, he practiced nephrology and taught at Wayne County General Hospital and the U of M until 1986. From then until his retirement in 2015 he was a member of the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine, practicing medicine and teaching. He was known as a superb physician, role model, and educator.

In 1971 he married Dana Gleicher Kissner, who survives him. Together they traveled around the world. Throughout his life Paul easily met and kept friends, from the neighborhood in the Bronx to Jamaica, and finally the gym and swim club in Ann Arbor.

Paul was a central and driving force in the lives of the many he touched, with his remarkable warmth, kindness, generosity, compassion, and quirky sense of humor. He was passionate about so many things- caring for patients, teaching students and trainees, traveling the world, playing tennis, swimming, ice cream, UM football and basketball, art and photography, and his beautiful home where he loved to be. But his truest passion was for the people around him. He had a wonderful ability to become friends with anyone, at any time or place and maintain the friendship forever. After meeting new people, he wrote down their names and that of family members, as well as their concerns so he could ask about each person by name and follow-up on their specific interests the next time they met. He was an inspiring and dedicated friend, husband, and father.

Surviving are his loving children Sol (Patricia) and Sara, and his devoted wife and travel partner, Dana. Paul leaves behind many dear friends, cousins, exercising buddies from Liberty Athletic Club and Huron Valley Swim Club, and his favorite canine companion Chovy. He was an extraordinary man who was dearly loved and is now missed by those who knew him.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Dr. Paul Zeldan Kissner may do so by making a contribution to:

Lymphoma Research Foundation
115 Broadway, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10006
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University of Michigan - Musical Society
Burton Tower
881 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1011
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Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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