Dr. Pol Cabi Akman, who served as chief of staff of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, died Friday in his Amherst home after a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Born in Eskisehir, Turkey, he was the youngest of 18 children and served in the Turkish army.
Dr. Akman graduated from the University of Istanbul medical school before immigrating to Toronto in 1957. He was employed by the Shouldice Surgery clinic and completed post-surgical training at St. Joseph's Hospital.
After completing postgraduate training at University of Pennsylvania, he began his surgical practice at the Wellsville hospital in 1965. At Jones Memorial, he served in several official capacities, including as chief of staff. He retired in 1988.
In 1987, he participated in a missionary trip to Haiti, where he performed more than 100 surgeries for disadvantaged Haitians.
During retirement, he moved to the Buffalo area and worked as a consultant to the New York State Office of Social Security Disabilities until 2002.
Dr. Akman was a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and International College of Surgeons. He also was a member of the New York State Medical Society and Allegany County Medical Society.
He was a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Katherine Kenny; three daughters, Christobel Jevremovic, Isabell Posner and Meaghan McDermott; and one son, Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.