Dr. Kennard Yaffe, 78, who retired in March as a general practitioner in Catonsville, died Wednesday of heart failure at the North Oaks retirement community, where he lived for the past four months.
Private services were planned.
Dr. Yaffe, a Baltimore native and longtime resident of Pikesville, began his practice in 1940 in West Baltimore.
He was a member of the staff at Sinai Hospital, where he belonged to the President's Advisory Council. He also was a former president of the Baltimore City Medical Society, chairman of the board of the Baltimore City Professional Standards Review Organization and medical director of the Maryland Foundation for Health Care.
In 1983, he was honored by the city as Baltimore's Best Physician.
He was chairman of the state medical society's committee on drugs and helped start the society's physician rehabilitation committee.
He also served on medical advisory boards of organizations and companies in the health-care field.
Dr. Yaffe was a 1930 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a 1934 graduate of the University of Maryland pharmacy school and a 1938 graduate of its medical school. Dr. Yaffe served his internship and residency at Sinai Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Eleanor Snyder; a daughter, Suzanne Kaplan of New York City; a son, Frederick Yaffe of Baltimore; and a brother, Stanley Yaffe of Baltimore.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the National Foundation for Cancer Research in Bethesda or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.