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Peter Christopher Gazes, M.D.

Peter Christopher Gazes, M.D.
  • October 10, 1921 - April 2, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
  • Greek Church of the Holy Trinity, New Building Fund
    30 Race Street
    Charleston, SC 29403
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
  • Drawing Near to God Ministry
    PO Box 1274
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

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“Dr Gazes was always a favorite of the medical students, a wonderful teacher, mentor and clinician. He made learning interesting and fun, was full of...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: William Thornton - Old Fort, NC

“Doctor Gazes was one of the best clinical instructors I have ever had. He was very approachable and if you had a question he would give you a...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Lambert Daniel - Healdsburg, CA

“I worked in the Cardiology Division as part of the administrative support staff for 26 years. During that time I had many wonderful interaction with...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Bev Ksenzak - Charleston, SC

“Mrs. Gazes, Hope, Cathy and Joanne, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. I have many memories of not only your dad but of...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Frances Stelling Pye - Walterboro, SC

“Cathy and family we are thinking of you during this time . I know you are finding comfort in your memories and your Faith right now. I will fondly...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Denise Leasure - Charleston, SC

“for Dr, Gazes family, I appreciate the countless tolerances that you must have had since Dr. Gazes was our trusted ,patient and expert teacher of...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: robert morehead,Jr., MD. - NC

“I had Dr. Gazes as a 4th year med student. The only girl in the cardiology rotation. He had a great sense of humor. I remember him telling us that...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: J Ann Lentini - Hendersonville, NC

“My condolences to all of the Gazes Family for the loss of your Patriarch and Father. I remember so fondly Dr. Gazes' smile as he would watch The...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Deirdre (Dee Dee) Squires - MO

“A delightful & brilliant teacher, and gracious and patient man, I am saddened but also can't help smiling at the memories of the interactions I...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Sharon DeMocker - Washington, DC

“One of my favorite professors at MUSC, I had the privilege of doing a Cardiology rotation with him when I was a medical student. He was excellent...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Thomas Jarrett - High Point, NC

“Dr. Gazes was a giant among physicians, but humble enough to teach a floundering resident at 2 a.m. in the cardiac intensive care unit some 40+ ...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Robert (Bob) Turner, MD - SC

“Dr. Gazes was an incredible clinician, a superb professor, and a wonderfully gracious man. I knew Dr. Gazes first through my father, Dr. Al Rawl,...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Dana Rawl - John's Island, SC

“I met Dr Gazes many times from 1974 thru 1977 while I was in my residency at MUSC. He was truly one of the greatest mentors I have had during my...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: EDWARD SAYLOR - RICHMOND, VA

“As a student I remember the patient way he taught students making them feel comfortable.As a physician working in ERs in rural SC I remember he...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Robert Adams - OAK HARBOR, WA

“There will never be a more special clinician as skilled as Dr Gazes. To have been taught by him was both an honor and a blessing! Sincere condolences...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Yolanda Bryant, MD - Columbia, SC

“To Mrs. Gazes and all Dr. Gazes' family:Dr. Gazes lived a full and fellowman-serving life. I found it one of Nature's random coincidences that Dr....Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Jeff Brooker, MD - Columbia, SC

“My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Gazes, Joanne, Cathy, Hope and your families for your loss. Dr. Gazes was a fine gentleman of that wonderful generation. ...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Anne Daniell - Charleston, SC

“Having the privilege of knowing Dr. Gazes through the Cardiology Clinic at MUSC was such as honor.He shared his warmth, humor, and gift of curiosity...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Martha Holmes - Charleston, SC

“Heartfelt condolences to all the family of Dr. Gazes...what an extraordinary man and gift to our community! He will be missed here on earth, but his...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Chakides Gaffos - SC

“Dear members of the Gazes family, Please accept my condolences for the loss of one of Charleston's most loved individuals. Dr. Gazes was such a...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Michael Trouche - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dear Gazes sisters and family,As we bid good-bye to our sister Elizabeth today, John and I send your our condolences for your loss. Your dad served...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Chris Sosnowski - Wadmalaw Island, SC

“Dearest all ..so sorry to hear about your dad With much love and affection nancy and brad walker ”
22 of 36 | Posted by: Nancy Walker - charleston, SC

“My condolences to the Gazes family. Pete was an admired colleague for many years at MUSC. He was patient enough to play golf with me when I was...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Marion Woodbury - Summerville, SC

“My dear Hope, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He certainly left an incredible legacy. God's loving arms will see you and your...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“A very special place exists for Dr gazes in the heart of all he mentored. I personally remember his message to me on the meaning of life and it's...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Russell stapleton - Jacksonville, FL

“Sincere Condolences to the Gazes Family. Dr Gazes was a truly gifted teacher and physiatrist He will be missed ”
26 of 36 | Posted by: Alice Bunnell - Charleston, SC

“Gods presence was always felt when with Dr. Gazes. He will remain in our hearts. No words can express how blessed we are for the sincerity of his...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Gordon and Janet Jenkins and Family - SC

“Dr. Gazes was a fine gentleman and superb physian. He was my father's friend and cardiologist, saving his life on two occasions. My deepest...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Otis Pickett - Columbus, GA

“Dr. Gazes was a fine gentleman and superb physian. He was my father's friend and cardiologist, saving his life on two occasions. My deepest...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Otis Pickett - Columbus, GA

“Dr. Gazes was a fine gentleman and superb physian. He was my father's friend and cardiologist, savi his life on two occasions. My deepest condolences...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Otis Pickett - Columbus, GA

“So grateful for his legacy, at MUSC and in the community. My heart goes out to his lovely family. Prayers for peace and comfort. ”
31 of 36 | Posted by: Helen Bertrand, MD - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Gazes and my father, Julian Keil, worked together at MUSC. Dad was very fond of Pete. They collaborated on many projects and enjoyed one another...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Jean Keil - Charleston, SC

“Everyone at MUSC loved Dr Gazes and it was a honor to get to work in his clinic. I grew up in St Matthews and his birth was our claim to fame,...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Kaye DeMars Pegram - Greer, SC

“My wife and I met the great Dr. and lovely Athena in 1976 while they dined at our restaurant. They became regulars and we became friends. Pete always...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Robert Dickson - Charleston, SC

“Dan and I would like to express our sincere sympathies for the loss of this wonderful man. Our prayers, love, and hugs are being sent out to you from...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Brenda and Dan Balcome - NC

“I send my deepest sympathies to the family. Take comfort in knowing that you will see him again in Heaven. Dr. Gazes was a kind and caring...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Bonnie Paterniti - Charleston, SC


Peter Christopher Gazes, M.D., 97, husband of Athena Critikos Gazes, passed away peacefully at his home on April 2, 2019. The relatives and friends of Dr. and Mrs. Peter Christopher Gazes are invited to attend his Funeral Service at 12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. Interment will follow at Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends between 4:00 and 6:00 PM Monday, April 8, 2019, followed by a Trisagion Service, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.

Peter Christopher Gazes was born on October 10, 1921 in St. Matthews, South Carolina. He received his primary education in Charleston, SC at Mitchell Elementary School, the High School of Charleston, and the College of Charleston (B.S. degree). He was first honor graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina (M.D. degree) in Charleston, SC in 1944. After a year in the Navy as a Lieutenant JG, he completed an internship in internal medicine at Jersey City Medical Center. He then completed a residency in medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Philadelphia General Hospital.

In 1949, he became the first board certified cardiologist in South Carolina. In 1961, he left private practice and established the Medical University of South Carolina's first cardiology division. He was known as one of the great pioneers in cardiology, publishing more than 220 articles and 30 book chapters. He authored textbooks, Cardiology Pearls and Clinical Cardiology, as well as his autobiography, Through the Back Door. In addition to training cardiologists, he taught countless medical students, residents, nurses, and attending physicians at the Medical University for over sixty years. In 1980, the Medical University founded the Peter C. Gazes Cardiology Society, which later became known as the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute. In 1982, he was named Distinguished University Professor of Cardiology and Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs.

He was a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and received one of its highest honors, the Gifted Teacher Award in 1997. He was also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He received many honors and awards from both civic, academic, and professional societies. An endowed chair was named in his honor by the Medical University. He received The Order of the Palmetto presented by Gov. David M. Beasley and The Order of the Silver Crescent by Gov. Jim Hodges.

He was a devoted member of the Greek Orthodox Church. He served as a member of the Archdiocese Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America. He was a member of The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100. He was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 1990. He received the Plato Award from the American Hellenic Education Progressive in 1988.

He was an avid golfer, affectionately known as "Peter Putter" and a member of the Country Club of Charleston for over 60 years. He will be remembered for his quick wit and endless repertoire of stories and jokes.

His life message to his family, especially his children and grandchildren was three-fold: Faith in God, Motivation, and Persistence. The family expresses their appreciation to Hospice of Charleston (nurse Cynthia) and to the caregivers of Bishop Gadsden Connections.

Dr. Gazes is survived by his wife of 71 years, Athena, and their three daughters, Hope Gazes Grayson (Michael) of Charleston, Catherine Gazes Cline (Ty) of Charleston, and Joanne Gazes Ellison (Blount) of Mt. Pleasant; 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity (New Building Fund), 30 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or Drawing Near to God Ministry, PO Box 1274, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465.