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Harold Lee Stitt

Harold Lee Stitt died in his sleep on Wednesday, March 21, at the age of 75, in Palm Beach, Fla., where he, his wife, Austine, and his brother-in-law John C. Noonan had been since early February.A farm boy from Brush, Colo., Hal graduated from the University of Colorado in 1953. He attended the University of Colorado Medical School, where he graduated first in his class. Following an internship at Duke University, he returned to his beloved Colorado for his radiology residency, again at CU Medical Center. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy, he set sail for Sweden on a Fullbright Fellowship to study neuroradiology at Sahlgrenska Sjukhuset in Gothenburg.The farm boy moved to New York City in 1966 to create the Department of Neuroradiology and Special Procedures at Roosevelt (now St. Luke’s/Roosevelt) Hospital. It was there that Dr. Paul Khoury became one of Hal’s residents, beginning a personal and professional friendship that would last the rest of Hal’s life.”Red Dog,” as Hal was known, met Austine Noonan at a cocktail party in the Big Apple in 1968. They married the next year. Kendra (Robins) arrived in 1972, followed by Elizabeth (Blackshaw) in 1974.By 1980, the siren call of the Rocky Mountains was too strong for Hal to resist. The family left New York City and moved to Aspen, where his attempt to retire would eventually prove unsuccessful. After a few seasons of nonstop skiing, he resumed his radiology career part time at White Plains Medical Center, where Paul Khoury was now his chief. He would remain affiliated with White Plains until his death.Hal’s enthusiasm for astronomy, geology, sports, jeeping and his family’s ranch in Shawnee, Colo., was well known among his family and friends.Besides Austine, his daughters and his sons-in-law, William Robins and Brian Blackshaw, Hal is survived by Kendra’s children, Cole and Avery, and Elizabeth’s daughters, Madeleine and Charlotte, as well as his two sisters, Betty Coulthard and Doris Helmuth.His funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Mary Church. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hal’s favorite charity, Project Night Night, 1800 Gough St., Suite 5, San Francisco, CA 94109.

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