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January 29, 2013

P. Patrick Hess, M.D., 91; of Louisville, formerly of New Albany

Funeral Mass for P. Patrick Hess, MD, 91, of Louisville, formerly of New Albany, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Albany, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, New Albany. He died peacefully, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Norton Hospital surrounded by his family. 

A dedicated pediatrician, gifted artist, collector of oddities, beloved husband, father, grandfather, voracious reader with a quick wit, Patrick Hess had an obsessive curiosity and a driving desire to unravel the mysteries of the world.

Born to Theodore F. Hess and Ida Mae Hess (née Armstrong) on April 19, 1921 in New Albany, he was the middle of seven children. While growing up his family lived for many years above their store, Pete Hess Café on East Market Street.

Dr. Hess attended Holy Trinity Grade School in New Albany, the same school attended by his father and his children. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in Louisville in 1939, received a B.A. in 1942 and his M.D. 1945, both from the University of Louisville. He completed his residency in pediatrics at St. Josephs Infirmary. He served in the United States Army as a captain from 1943 to 1948.

In 1950, Dr. Hess opened his medical practice in New Albany on Spring Street in the Floyd County Bank Building. He was a board-certified physician and the first pediatrician in New Albany. In 1963, he moved his practice to the Brooks-Bradley House on 9th and Market Streets, an historical house he lovingly and painstakingly restored. Throughout his years of medical practice Dr. Hess was tirelessly dedicated to the care and well-being of children; answering his own phone 24 hours a day and making frequent house and hospital calls in the middle of the night. He was dedicated to healing all babies and children regardless of a family's ability to pay. He was loved and admired by generations of children for high-quality care and his congenial nature. He was widely recognized by his peers and colleagues for his ability to diagnose rare diseases.

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