Obituary of Carl Austin, M.D.
Dr. Carl I. Austin, 93, died peacefully in his home of sixty years, affectionately labeled "4249," surrounded by family on December 29, 2016. Carl was born on July 26, 1923, in Syracuse, NY, to the late Homer Earl and Maye Austin. He joins his late brother, Richard Austin, and sister, Virginia (Austin) LaRock.
Carl lived most of his life in Syracuse, NY. He was honored to serve as a Naval Reserve physician during the Korean War in Long Island, NY, and Key West, Florida. As an honors graduate of Nottingham High School Class of 1941, Carl became an honoree on the Nottingham "Wall of Fame" in 2010. He was recognized for both his high school academic excellence and varsity sports participation, and also for his lifetime of achievement post-graduation.
Carl attended Syracuse University, then matriculated to The College of Medicine at Syracuse, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After full training and fellowship in Pathology, Carl changed course in his medical practice to Internal Medicine in order to work with patients. Dr. Austin served as a respected physician in Internal Medicine in private practice and at St. Joseph's Hospital for forty-plus years, including serving as President of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Department of Medicine. He was known for his attention to detail and excellence in medical care of his patients, as well as for promoting that same quality of care throughout the institution. He was a vocal champion of nurses throughout his career, frequently taking the opportunity to publicly praise the incomparable value of good nursing care.
Dr. Austin received numerous awards during his long medical career, including the inaugural Sister Patricia Ann Award, the Outstanding Clinician Teachers Award, and the Saint Joseph's the Worker Award. He would most want to be remembered as a man who lived a life of integrity and honor. Upon his retirement from patient practice at St. Joseph's Hospital, the then president of St. Joseph's described Dr. Austin as being "virtually worshipped by his patients." No doubt he would say that this was the highest honor he could achieve as a physician.
After retiring from his clinical practice, Dr. Austin served as the first Coordinator of Medical Affairs (Medical Director) at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. Then, Dr. Austin continued his work as a clinician with the elderly at Crouse Community Center in Morrisville. He continued to be involved in administrative quality assurance at St. Joseph's Hospital well into his eighties. He continued to be active on boards involved in eldercare and home health care in his later years.
Carl was a communicant at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt. He was also an active member at Cavalry Golf Club.
Carl's example of living with gentle grace and dignity has left an indelible mark in the hearts of his family. Carl is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Mary (Dwyer); six adoring children, Mary Austin (Suzanne), Theresa Austin-Walter (Jeff), John Austin (Anne), Martha Austin, Ellen Austin-Li (Jolly), and Carl Austin (Barb); ten loving grandchildren; one sweet great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Carl I. Austin Memorial Nursing Scholarship in c/o the St. Joseph's Health Foundation, 973 James St., Suite 250, 13203.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 am at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, DeWitt. Calling hours are Tuesday from 9:30 -10:45 am, at church prior to the Mass. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt.
Arrangements are with Fairchild-Meech DeWitt Chapel.