June 15, 1937 – April 9, 2017
Morris Kace, 79, of Foster City, CA, passed away on April 9, 2017.
Mo is survived by his wife of 30 years, Arlene, daughter Lisa (Jason) Kace, stepdaughter Kate (Greg) Chiarella, brother Alan (Francine) Kace, nephew Jason (Andrea) Kace, granddaughters Michaella and Alessandra, and step-granddaughter Lucianna. Mo was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Russian immigrant parents, Mo moved to Boston, MA in 1946. He learned English from a favorite teacher, and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1955, Harvard College in 1960, and Northwestern University Medical School in 1964. Following his residency in Chicago, he served in the United States Navy from 1968-1970, including serving as Division Psychiatrist during his deployment to Vietnam. Upon his discharge, Mo started his professional career as a psychiatrist in San Mateo in 1970 and opened his private practice in 1971.
Mo touched many lives with his big heart and passion for life. He treasured the more than 40 years he worked as a psychiatrist, the majority of which he spent at Peninsula Hospital as a member of the professional staff, and the relationships he formed as a result. He served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry for several of those years as well as serving as Chief of Staff at Belmont Hills Hospital in 1997.
Mo also loved teaching. Throughout the years he taught classes and gave many presentations related to mental health, often with a focus on lessons learned from art and artists using creativity to address emotional issues and the healing process.
He was a true Renaissance man who enjoyed music, theatre, history, travel, reading, art in all forms, and sports (go Oakland A’s and Stanford basketball and football!).
A special thank you to Faye and Keihan of the Burlingame Senior Home and their staff for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Crosby and Gray Funeral Home for all of the arrangements. Mo was buried in the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery on April, 12, 2017.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for June 11, 2017. Donations may be made in his honor to the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation for Mental Health, 1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.