May 5, 2012

Dr R. Khan

     Bob and I are both feeling  deep sadness. Dr Khan was my mother's, and is most of my family's physician . What impressed us so much about him was the kindness and positive, upbeat influence he displayed in his approach to ones care. He was a brilliant physician, highly revered by his patients,never to busy to listen and had a great respect for his elderly patients...even promising my mother a dance at her 100th birthday party. My deepest sympathy goes to his beloved family, his very special staff at the clinic and KSB and to his many patients that feel as we do right a great loss, but so blessed in many ways, to have known him over the years .

May you rest in peace  Dr Khan .
 I hope you knew how much we valued 
 you as a doctor
but also knew that  we loved you as a good friend.

Dr R Khan age 52

Rifaqat Ali Mohammed Khan

DIXON – Dr. Rifaqat Ali Mohammed Khan, 52, of Dixon, died unexpectedly Friday, May 4, 2012, in a tragic boating accident on the Rock River.
Dr. Khan was born Jan. 1, 1960, to Aquil Ali and Nafeesa Khan in Gulbarga, India, and grew up in Mysore, India. He was an accomplished cricketer and earned a black belt in karate. At age 18, he returned to Gulbarga to attend K.R. Medical College and then moved to the United States after graduating to complete his residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Upon completion of his training in 1993, he joined KSB Hospital as a staff physician. He was a member of the Sauk Valley Islamic Center, Volunteer Care Center, American Medical Association, Lee County Medical Society and Doctors Without Borders. Hunting, boating, cooking, gardening and traveling were among his hobbies. He was a voracious reader in all disciplines, and never ceased to expand his knowledge to improve understanding in his field and other interests.
Among several significant life achievements, Dr. Khan cherished his time in Kosovo, when he left in 1999 to help tend to war-ravaged refugees. He took with him medical supplies to help set up functional clinics in refugee camps. In January 2006, he spent his vacation volunteering in the worst-affected parish of New Orleans, helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. He always went out of his way to answer health-related questions and made himself available for those in need.
He is survived by his children, Aaqil, Aazam and Hiba; brothers, Sam (Delores) Khan, Vajahat (Azra) Khan and Shujaat (Shaukat) Khan; sisters, Farzana Khan, Sameena (Khaja) Khan, Rukhsana (Inayat) Khan and Irfana (Hamid) Khan-Salam; and several nieces, nephews, grandnephews and grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was May 5 at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Prayers were May 6 at the Sauk Valley Islamic Center in Dixon. Burial was at Parkholm Cemetery in La Grange Park.
A memorial fund has been established. All proceeds go to the Volunteer Care Center, affiliated with KSB Hospital. Dr. Khan was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the center, which helps impoverished patients receive free medical attention and help with medication.

This photo was recently sent to me on fb by good friend Gae Magnifici. It was taken at a party given to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversray of Dr Sayona and Dr Setty.  Dr Khans wife was due to deliver their bay any day and a big storm came.with winds and a driving rain....we all got wet but the weather did not hamper the festivities at all..and Mrs Khan did not go into labor! I had to change clothes and this is why I have an old shirt on...even cake was on the ground after the front came through and I helped with picking it all up...getting it on myself..but at least didn't have that wet dress on yet..LOL

 a wonderful Father. Taken by Gae Magnifici at Dr Sayona and Dr Settys party also. 
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