Dr. A. Aytekin Kodanaz, 88, of Overland Park, KS., passed away the morning of Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Born in Balikesir, Turkey, he is survived by his wife of 60 years Altan Kodanaz, sons, Ahmet and Taner, daughters-in-law, Lori and Rachel, and grandchildren, Gretchen, Andre, and Tyler.
A graduate of Istanbul University Medical School, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical School. Starting his career at Bethany Hospital, he then spent the remainder of his professional service at Providence – St. Margaret’s Health Center as Chief of Anesthesiology and was fondly referred to as “Dr. K”. He was an active member and past president of the Wyandotte County Medical Association. A generous and caring soul, recognized for his distinct heart-felt laughter, he enjoyed skiing, being by the sea and was always ready for a good game of backgammon.
In honor of his deep love of trees and nature, memorial gifts may be made in his name to the American Forests Foundation at www.americanforests.org/ways-to-give/memorial-gift-trees, or charity of your choice. A private ceremony for family was held earlier this week.
I worked with Dr. Kodanaz at Providence Med Center ,Shawnee ,Kansas
Dr. Kodanaz was a dear person and always made me laugh. I am an RN who worked with him in many capacities at PMC. Mrs. Kodanaz made me homemade baklava and it was wonderful. I never wanted to share. My thoughts go out to all the family. Dr. K was special. I have fun memories of our working together. Remembering his smile most of all!!!
Anne Lattimer, retired RN
former professional partner ,prairie village ,Kansas
Dear Altan, Ahmet and Taner,
Teri and I are sorry to hear about Aytekin's passing. Fond memories of our days together as gas passers. Great photo in the Star. Contribution made to the American Forests Foundation in Aytekin's memory.