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Celebrating the life of
Dr. Keith A. Dimond
October 12, 1940 - February 06, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Friday, February 09, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, February 10, 2018
  • Isle of Hope United Methodist Church
  • 412 Parkersburg Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

Julie and family: So very sorry for your loss of Keith. He was a special man and left a world so much better because of his care and love. Bj and Doug Marker

Dr.and Mrs. Douglas Marker, Seneca, SC

A splendid man and a splendid physician! Keith will be missed, but the effects of his goodness and wisdom on this world will be everlasting.

Roderick Guerry, Savannah and Black Mountain, North Carolina,

Julie, Paul Ibsen send me a copy of Keith's obituary. I know your loss is great - he is now with Jeff and they are both watching over you. I served with Keith on the Diaconate while we were members at Wilmington Island Presbyterian. Keith always the gentleman and always kind. Blessings - Jan Leitch

Jan Leitch, Jensen Beach, FL

I am so sorry about Dr. Dimond passing. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family loss. He was truly godsend to my family. He was my grandmother doctor for over 40 years. He really took great care of her and show her such kindness. One time my Grandmother was very sick and Dr. Dimond called me personally and told me to take her to the ER. He always shown such compassion and care. He took the time to listen and explain what was going on. When my grandmother died on February 6, 2009, Dr. Dimond called personally to express his condolences. He will be missed as a great doctor and a kind person.

Linda Roberts , Savannah , GA

I was very sorry the hear of Keith's death. My heart goes out to you and the family. Carter

Carter Hern, Midway, GA

You will never know how much you mean to me. You kept my Mother in the best of health for many, many years.(she was there today) You once said to me, "I am not here as her Doctor, but as her friend." I shall always believe that you were the best physician I have ever known and your love of family and faith will never be forgotten. LSC & Mom

Campbell, Savannah, GA

I just retired after 43 years in practice. I have known and worked with Keith many years. He has always been one of the most respected physicians. I know all of his patients had the best of care. He will truly be missed.

James Judy, Savannah, ga

Rest in Peace Dear Dr. Dimond. My Doctor,right after Dr. Danzig retired. I loved him Dearly! Those we love don't go away,they walk beside us everyday.Unseen,unheard always near,still loved,still missed and very dear. Love and miss you Dear Dr.Dimond

Campbell Janet, Savannah, Ga.31419, ga

Their are no word to express my sadness . Dr. Diamond was a jewel . Working with him for thirty year was a pleasure. He cared for members of my family and always showed such compassion for his patients . He would often say “Something you don’t learn in Medical School that came from my Parents”. Rest in the Presents of God . Job well done .

Earlyn Hudson Simmons, Savannah, Ga

My family was blessed to have Dr. Dimond as our physician from soon after he began his practice in Savannah. He lectured one day in my nursing (Armstrong) class. I had heard high praise for him and suggested my mother and grandmother begin to see him as their primary physician. He continued to care for my grandmother and parents until each died. I was so thankful to have his quiet, caring guidance as we made final care decisions for my mother 4 years ago. My prayer for you: may God bless you with comfort and peace in your great loss. Sincerely, Kathy

Kathy Hagan Rushing, Brooklet, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keith was a wonderful physician: compassionate, thoughtful, empathetic, professional toward his patients and all who had the privilege of working with him. I often heard him discussing the Bible with his renal patients. My introduction to him was as a new nurse in ICU. He was an excellent teacher and mentor. Many of us learned so much from him. As a result, many patients benefitted from the knowledge he so freely shared. He loved flying, golf. But, his greatest love was for his God and family. He spoke proudly of them often. He will be sorely missed.

Ellen Drew Pinckney, Savannah, GA

Mrs Dimond and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you now. I loved working with Dr Dimond. He was caring and compassionate with his patients. He will be missed in the medical community. I will keep you in my prayers . Love, Anne

Anne Byerly, Savannah, GA

Julie and Family: Huldah and I share your loss and join you in morning. Keith was a great man; indeed, a rare person. One of the great privileges of my life was working with Keith at Memorial Health where he was a rock of stability and strength. It also gave me one of my great pleasures and sense of security having him as my personal physician for many years. We will remember him with admiration, respect and with an unreserved fondness that will never fade. Our warmest regards to you and your family, always your friend, Frank

Frank & Huldah Carlton, Savannah, Ga

My Condolences to the family. I well miss you may friend may you RIP.

Deborah Free 5 Star Cleaners, Savannah, Ga.

My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Keith Dimond. I was his first “office nurse” when he began his practice in Savannah. He took care of my parents for many years. He was such a kind, gentle, caring person and the epitome of a “physician”. He was also a wonderful friend. My family and I loved and respected him greatly. I know he will be dearly missed by many. Love and prayers for his precious family.

Karen Traver, Savannah , Ga.

I am very sorry to learn of the passing of our wonderful doctor. When we moved here from Canada in 1978, my husband became ill with hepatitis. We had no doctor yet but mercifully Dr. Dimond took Doug under his care and thankfully he took me too. Even though his specialty was diseases of the kidney, he was our primary until the day he retired. From the brry beginning we had “ Diamond” care as we called it and never looked back. To say we have missed his outstanding care would be a huge understatement. We both grieve his death and send our deepest condolences to his family.

Betty Anne Foran , Savannah , Georgia

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you & your family. I worked with Dr.Dimond until his retirement at Medical Assoc. & can say he was the kindest, most caring person to everyone. He will truly be missed. --Judy

Judy VanGiller, Ellabell, Ga

We have many doctors, few physicians... Dr.Keith Dimond was the epitome of a true physician....He enabled my late husband to enjoy many years of a good life, and he will be missed forever.... Jean Hancock, RN

Imogene "jean" Hancock, Savannah,, Ga

Dear Julie, I share your grief in the loss of your devoted and loving husband, Keith. Keith was a childhood classmate and fellow graduate from the Woodward class of ‘58. We all share your sorrow but rejoice in a life well lived. We will certainly miss him and send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Rosalie Lynn Friedman (Rogoff), Corona Del Mar, Ca

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing physician and man. So kind and caring and he will be missed.

Wendy Holland, Savannah, GA

Julie and family, I share your loss. He was my Doctor and my friend for more than 20 years. As a 10 year survivor of Renal Cell Carcinoma, I will always be grateful for the kind and compassionate care he provided. I have missed his care these past few years since his retirement, and I grieve for him now. I had hoped you both would have many more years together. Craig Meyer

Craig Meyer, Savannah, GA

Thoughts and hugs to family and friends. Dr Dimond was a fabulous caring Doctor and mentor. He will certainly be missed by many. His patients loved him as well..

Kathy sutlive, Los Angeles , Ca

Keith was a physician’s physician who quietly took care of the sickest of the sick. May he rest in peace eternally.

J. David Carson, M.D.,, Savannah, GA

Dr. Keith Allen Dimond, devoted husband, father, grandfather and physician died February 6, 2018. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 12, 1940 to Violet Becherer and Kenneth Glen Dimond. Growing up in Cincinnati, Keith excelled at competitive NCAA swimming and spent many hours on the golf course perfecting his natural talent. He enjoyed boating and flying the family aircraft and he soloed at the age of 16.

After graduating from Woodward High School, Keith enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree with Honors in Chemistry. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and received the national John O. Moseley Award for the “highest standards of friendship, scholarship and service set forth by our founders and as specifically enunciated in our creed.”

After graduation, Keith began his studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary in his junior year. In 1964, he married the former Julie Shinkle, also a native of Cincinnati. In 1966, Keith received his Doctor of Medicine and celebrated the birth of their first child. The Dimonds moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he began an internship in Internal Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. He served for two years in the United States Public Health Service, Division of Indian Health as Surgeon on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. In 1969, Keith returned to Grady Hospital to complete a two-year residency in Internal Medicine and received the Resident of the Year award in 1971.

At the completion of a two year fellowship in Nephrology Keith moved his now family of five to Savannah and became partner in Paulson Square Medical Associates and later Medical Associates of Savannah. He instituted the first dialysis center in Savannah with Dr. Lamont Danzig in 1974 at Memorial Hospital and served as its director as well as other centers, Coastal Dialysis and West Chatham Dialysis until retirement. He maintained a busy private practice for nearly 43 years and became Associate Professor at the Departments of Medicine at both The Medical College of Georgia and Mercer University School of Medicine.

For his dedication to the art and practice of his profession Keith was awarded the Department of Internal Medicine Physician of the Year in 1992 at Memorial Health. He served as President of the Georgia Society of Nephrology, Vice President of the Georgia Medical Society, Chief of Staff at Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC), member of the Board of Directors for MHUMC for eight years and Chairman of the Credentials Committee at MHUMC. In addition, he was a member of the End Stage Renal Disease Network 6 Medical Review Board of the Southeast Kidney Council and The Marshes of Skidaway Island Board of Directors. Lastly, Keith was honored with the Physicians Lifetime Achievement Award at MHUMC in 2003 .

Although his achievements and recognitions were many, he was quietly humble and unassuming. His integrity was unmatched. He focused on old-fashioned hard work and long hours of study that are required of a physician dedicated to the well being of his patients. The same dedication, caring and loyalty was demonstrated toward his wife, family and friends. He was a true gentleman who embraced Medicine as a calling and was a superb, yet humble physician. He was caring and compassionate toward his patients and all persons. Always the skillful teacher, Keith was kindhearted, generous and genuinely hospitable. He disliked unfairness and injustice and he loved his Lord. He served humanity with kindness and skill and worshiped at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church where he attended the Seekers class.

His parents, as well as his loving son, Jeffrey Allen Dimond, predeceased Dr. Dimond. In addition to his wife, Julie, he is survived by one daughter, Emily Alexander Jowers (Rick), one son, Jacob Lawrence Dimond (Charlene), four grandchildren, Nicholas Allen and William Alexander Jowers and Rebecca Jeanne and Patrick Keith Dimond, all of Savannah. His sister and brother in law of Connecticut, Jennifer and M. Kirk Carr, Jr., nephews, M. Kirk Carr III (Laurel) and Alexander Blakely Carr (Laurie), and several grand nieces and nephews, all of Connecticut, complete his related survivors. Keith also leaves his loving, adopted brother and cherished friend. Dr. Bill Haley.

The family will hold a visitation at Fox and Weeks Hodgson Memorial Drive location Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Keith’s life at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, 412 Parkersburg Road, Savannah, GA 31406 on Saturday at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be made to the Jeffrey Allen Dimond Aviation Scholarship at Florida Institute of Technology, the Jeffrey Allen Dimond Music Fund at Savannah Country Day School, the Endowment Fund at Isle of Hope Methodist Church or the Cody Fund at The Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina.

OUR PRAYER

Lord God, we praise you and thank you for giving us this man to be a part of our lives to love and be loved by. Although we suffer grief and sorrow we are comforted with assurance that at this very moment he and Jeff are enjoying being together in the presence of the King of Kings and all his glory. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julie and family: So very sorry for your loss of Keith. He was a special man and left a world so much better because of his care and love. Bj and Doug Marker

Dr.and Mrs. Douglas Marker, Seneca, SC

A splendid man and a splendid physician! Keith will be missed, but the effects of his goodness and wisdom on this world will be everlasting.

Roderick Guerry, Savannah and Black Mountain, North Carolina,

Julie, Paul Ibsen send me a copy of Keith's obituary. I know your loss is great - he is now with Jeff and they are both watching over you. I served with Keith on the Diaconate while we were members at Wilmington Island Presbyterian. Keith always the gentleman and always kind. Blessings - Jan Leitch

Jan Leitch, Jensen Beach, FL

I am so sorry about Dr. Dimond passing. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family loss. He was truly godsend to my family. He was my grandmother doctor for over 40 years. He really took great care of her and show her such kindness. One time my Grandmother was very sick and Dr. Dimond called me personally and told me to take her to the ER. He always shown such compassion and care. He took the time to listen and explain what was going on. When my grandmother died on February 6, 2009, Dr. Dimond called personally to express his condolences. He will be missed as a great doctor and a kind person.

Linda Roberts , Savannah , GA

Candle tribute lit by Kelly Hunt — Georgia

I was very sorry the hear of Keith's death. My heart goes out to you and the family. Carter

Carter Hern, Midway, GA

You will never know how much you mean to me. You kept my Mother in the best of health for many, many years.(she was there today) You once said to me, "I am not here as her Doctor, but as her friend." I shall always believe that you were the best physician I have ever known and your love of family and faith will never be forgotten. LSC & Mom

Campbell, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Gabrielle Lawrence- nurse Coastal Dialysis — Georgia

I just retired after 43 years in practice. I have known and worked with Keith many years. He has always been one of the most respected physicians. I know all of his patients had the best of care. He will truly be missed.

James Judy, Savannah, ga

Rest in Peace Dear Dr. Dimond. My Doctor,right after Dr. Danzig retired. I loved him Dearly! Those we love don't go away,they walk beside us everyday.Unseen,unheard always near,still loved,still missed and very dear. Love and miss you Dear Dr.Dimond

Campbell Janet, Savannah, Ga.31419, ga

Their are no word to express my sadness . Dr. Diamond was a jewel . Working with him for thirty year was a pleasure. He cared for members of my family and always showed such compassion for his patients . He would often say “Something you don’t learn in Medical School that came from my Parents”. Rest in the Presents of God . Job well done .

Earlyn Hudson Simmons, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Gee Gee and Lamar kirkley — Georgia

My family was blessed to have Dr. Dimond as our physician from soon after he began his practice in Savannah. He lectured one day in my nursing (Armstrong) class. I had heard high praise for him and suggested my mother and grandmother begin to see him as their primary physician. He continued to care for my grandmother and parents until each died. I was so thankful to have his quiet, caring guidance as we made final care decisions for my mother 4 years ago. My prayer for you: may God bless you with comfort and peace in your great loss. Sincerely, Kathy

Kathy Hagan Rushing, Brooklet, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Keith was a wonderful physician: compassionate, thoughtful, empathetic, professional toward his patients and all who had the privilege of working with him. I often heard him discussing the Bible with his renal patients. My introduction to him was as a new nurse in ICU. He was an excellent teacher and mentor. Many of us learned so much from him. As a result, many patients benefitted from the knowledge he so freely shared. He loved flying, golf. But, his greatest love was for his God and family. He spoke proudly of them often. He will be sorely missed.

Ellen Drew Pinckney, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Steven Cooler Thankful to know him. — Georgia

Mrs Dimond and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you now. I loved working with Dr Dimond. He was caring and compassionate with his patients. He will be missed in the medical community. I will keep you in my prayers . Love, Anne

Anne Byerly, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Sandra DeRouen — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Marilyn Southall — Georgia

Julie and Family: Huldah and I share your loss and join you in morning. Keith was a great man; indeed, a rare person. One of the great privileges of my life was working with Keith at Memorial Health where he was a rock of stability and strength. It also gave me one of my great pleasures and sense of security having him as my personal physician for many years. We will remember him with admiration, respect and with an unreserved fondness that will never fade. Our warmest regards to you and your family, always your friend, Frank

Frank & Huldah Carlton, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Barbara P. Mock RN — Georgia

My Condolences to the family. I well miss you may friend may you RIP.

Deborah Free 5 Star Cleaners, Savannah, Ga.

Candle tribute lit by Karen and Jim Blakewood — Georgia

My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Keith Dimond. I was his first “office nurse” when he began his practice in Savannah. He took care of my parents for many years. He was such a kind, gentle, caring person and the epitome of a “physician”. He was also a wonderful friend. My family and I loved and respected him greatly. I know he will be dearly missed by many. Love and prayers for his precious family.

Karen Traver, Savannah , Ga.

Candle tribute lit by Liz Palles — Georgia

I am very sorry to learn of the passing of our wonderful doctor. When we moved here from Canada in 1978, my husband became ill with hepatitis. We had no doctor yet but mercifully Dr. Dimond took Doug under his care and thankfully he took me too. Even though his specialty was diseases of the kidney, he was our primary until the day he retired. From the brry beginning we had “ Diamond” care as we called it and never looked back. To say we have missed his outstanding care would be a huge understatement. We both grieve his death and send our deepest condolences to his family.

Betty Anne Foran , Savannah , Georgia

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you & your family. I worked with Dr.Dimond until his retirement at Medical Assoc. & can say he was the kindest, most caring person to everyone. He will truly be missed. --Judy

Judy VanGiller, Ellabell, Ga

We have many doctors, few physicians... Dr.Keith Dimond was the epitome of a true physician....He enabled my late husband to enjoy many years of a good life, and he will be missed forever.... Jean Hancock, RN

Imogene "jean" Hancock, Savannah,, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Mary Drew — Georgia

Dear Julie, I share your grief in the loss of your devoted and loving husband, Keith. Keith was a childhood classmate and fellow graduate from the Woodward class of ‘58. We all share your sorrow but rejoice in a life well lived. We will certainly miss him and send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Rosalie Lynn Friedman (Rogoff), Corona Del Mar, Ca

Candle tribute lit by Shirley Grotheer — Georgia

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing physician and man. So kind and caring and he will be missed.

Wendy Holland, Savannah, GA

Julie and family, I share your loss. He was my Doctor and my friend for more than 20 years. As a 10 year survivor of Renal Cell Carcinoma, I will always be grateful for the kind and compassionate care he provided. I have missed his care these past few years since his retirement, and I grieve for him now. I had hoped you both would have many more years together. Craig Meyer

Craig Meyer, Savannah, GA

Thoughts and hugs to family and friends. Dr Dimond was a fabulous caring Doctor and mentor. He will certainly be missed by many. His patients loved him as well..

Kathy sutlive, Los Angeles , Ca

Keith was a physician’s physician who quietly took care of the sickest of the sick. May he rest in peace eternally.

J. David Carson, M.D.,, Savannah, GA


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