Oct. 27, 1936 – March 14, 2015
Dr. Ramon K. Tan of Williamsville, retired psychiatrist and professor, died Saturday in Sarasota, Fla., after a short illness. He was 78.
Born in Manila, Philippines, he earned a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1961. He graduated with a near perfect academic performance and was awarded meritissimus (with highest merit), an accolade rarely given.
He served as a civilian flight surgeon at the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and was again recognized for his talent, as outstanding intern.
Dr. Tan emigrated to the United States in 1961 and entered residency in psychiatry at the former Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo. From 1963 to 1971, he was a member of the department of psychiatry at the School of Medicine in both clinical and administrative roles and attained the rank of associate professor. He continued to excel as an administrator and simultaneously served as chief of psychiatry at the Sisters of Charity Hospital, Sheehan Memorial Hospital and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for several years. He served as president of the medical staff at the Linwood Bryant Hospital.
In 1977, Dr. Tan was appointed as chairman to a special committee on the living conditions at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center by the commissioner of New York State Department of Mental Hygiene, ensuring that patients were receiving adequate care and that resources were not being used inappropriately. The Department of Hygiene carried out oversight and review of mental hygiene programs and facilities as specified by the Mental Hygiene Law.
Dr. Tan was elected distinguished fellow of the American College of Psychiatry. He was an active member in numerous professional societies and held many leadership positions over the years, most notably president of the Western New York Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Tan worked tirelessly to provide care and to advocate for the mentally ill and disadvantaged.
Dr. Tan was an avid golfer. Music and theater gave him great pleasure, and he was deeply religious.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Josephine M. “JoAnn” Jacobi; two sons, Dr. Raymond and Dr. Brian Tan; three brothers, Andy, Felipe and Felix; a sister, Julie Crivelli; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.