The extraordinary life of Dr. Ted Castele was celebrated at a memorial service appropriately held within The Castele Learning Center at Lutheran Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Family members, colleagues and friends gathered in loving remembrance of Dr. Ted, who passed away on Aug. 23 at the age of 87.
“Lutheran really has lost a good friend and a colleague,” said Dr. Donald Malone, President Lutheran Hospital. “In the past year, we have lost both Ted and Jean (Castele). For many years, he really was Lutheran Hospital.”
Dr. Malone recalled seeing Dr. Ted on TV in the mid-70’s, remarking how Dr. Ted’s irrepressible ‘video house calls’ influenced his own decision to enter medicine.
“I still remember Dr. Ted on TV. He just related so well to people. He was the face of medicine in Cleveland,” said Dr. Malone. “Whenever I saw him, he treated me as a long-standing friend from the beginning. I later found out he treated everyone that way!”
“He became a close friend and part of my family,” said radiology colleague Dr. Cecelia Yap. She teamed with Dr. Ted for over 40 years in the field of radiology.
“He even asked to be the godfather to one of my children. It was a request I could not refuse,” said Dr. Yap.
In the 80’s, Dr. Yap recalled that Dr. Ted brought Lutheran Hospital to the national forefront with state-of-the-art radiology resources. “But most of all he believed in giving back and helping others,” she said.
“In the medical field, he was highly regarded by doctors, patients and staff. His dedication came from his core – through his compassion, his guidance, his brilliance,” said David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO The Community West Foundation and close personal friend to Dr. Ted.
Dr. Ted served Community West Foundation in many important ways and served as Chair of the Board for six years. “He helped to champion our name change, broaden our vision and expand our presence in the community,” said Dombrowiak.
As the official voice of the Foundation, Dr. Ted contributed to the success of TV and radio promotions that focused on philanthropy, donor-advised funds, holiday messages and shoes for those in need.
One of his greatest philanthropic successes came two years ago in a partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank. The fundraiser started with as a $100,000 challenge grant to feed children during the summer months when school meals were not available.
“The final result of the Foodbank Challenge was that an overwhelming $800,000 was raised to help feed the hungry,” said Dombrowiak. “Dr. Ted was a true champion of philanthropy.”
In recognition of the service and leadership of Dr. Castele, Dr. Malone presented family members with a special proclamation from the Lutheran Hospital Board of Trustees citing Dr. Ted’s devoted and exemplary service to Lutheran Hospital and in the other positions he held within the Greater Cleveland area.
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