Norman Maurice Kenyon, M.D. (1929-2020) passed away on April 4, 2020 at home, with Sue, his wife of 64 years, at his side. Well known as a gifted surgeon, incredible teacher and mentor, Norman’s wit, indomitable positive attitude, intellect and generosity enabled him to connect with patients, colleagues, students and friends in a unique way.
In addition to his passion for medicine, he loved to play tennis and fish. Born and raised in Clearwater Florida, Norman attended Emory University prior to heading to Miami to join the first class in the new U of Miami School of Medicine in 1952. He was president of the first class that graduated on June 11, 1956. After an internship at John Gaston Memorial Hospital in Tennessee, Norman returned to UM/JMH for his surgical residency. He subsequently served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and then returned to Miami, where he practiced surgery until his retirement. Norman was active at seven hospitals in the early years and was ultimately chief of staff and chief of surgery for both Doctor’s and Baptist Hospitals, serving on the board of Baptist Health and Baptist Medical Group and as chair of the board at Doctor’s. He was active in the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Society and the University of Miami Medical Alumni Association. As he neared retirement, Norman began working with his daughter at the U of Miami Diabetes Research Institute, undertaking research aimed at finding a cure for type 1 diabetes via transplantation of insulin producing cells.
Norman was a wonderful husband and father, sharing his love of life, the outdoors and the sea with his family; many memories were made on camping trips to the Everglades and various other locales in Florida and the Caribbean. Norman is survived by his wife, Sue, his three daughters, Norma Sue, Cynthia and Pamela and his five grandchildren Caroline, Laura, Clinton, Taylor and Carlylse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation ( https://www.diabetesresearch.org ) or the Miami Cancer Institute through the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation ( https://baptisthealth.net/en/giving/pages/miami-cancer-institute.aspx ).