TROY (WWJ) – Nearly 200 people gathered in the White Chapel Cemetery mausoleum for the public memorial for Doctor Jack Kevorkian who passed away last Friday.
Friends and family of Kevorkian took turns remembering him, including his niece Ava Janus, who shared personal memories of her uncle.
“A lot of times people would say, you know, why my uncle never got married. I believe it’s a matter of luck, good or otherwise. Unfortunately, when he was a young, and I think, handsome doctor… lots of times women would approach him because he had an ‘MD’ at the end of his name and that would irritate the family,” Janus said.
Kevorkian’s long time attorney and friend Mayer Morganroth told the gathering that people loved talking to Kevorkian.
“The first indoctrination I had to his intelligence was in the first trial we had, in front of Judge Craig McNair, when he sat down next to us when the trial started, and I looked over to my left and he was reading a Japanese newspaper. I thought it was a protest when it was Japanese but it turned out, I found out that he self-taught himself. He could speak and read Japanese, German, French… the man was remarkable,” Morganroth said.
Kevorkian’s casket was draped in the United States flag in honor of his service in the Korean War.
Kevorkian’s family and closest friends have also planned a private memorial.