November 02, 1957 - January 13, 2015
Margo J. Krasnoff of Meriden, NH, passed away at her home on Tuesday, January 13th.
She was born in Newark, NJ on November 3rd, 1957, the daughter of Lawrence and Lynn Krasnoff. Margo decided on a career in medicine in her first year of college at Dartmouth, where she also did her medical training on a full scholarship through the National Health Service Corps, graduating from the Geisel School of Medicine in 1982. To fulfill her scholarship following her residency in internal medicine, she worked as a solo primary care physician in Ludlow, Vermont. She subsequently specialized in geriatrics and in hospice and palliative care. She joined the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medicine in 1988. Margo then moved to Buffalo, New York and was an associate professor of clinical medicine at SUNY Buffalo and an attending physician at the Millard Fillmore Hospital from 1995 until 2000, when she returned to Dartmouth as an associate professor of medicine. She maintained a longitudinal primary care practice for over twenty years as well as teaching medical students and residents. Margo was committed to the highest quality, compassionate medical care. Her colleagues and students appreciated her outstanding clinical skills, work ethic, integrity, and commitment to her patients. Margo was admired for her inclusive style of leadership and was a role model for young physicians.
Margo was passionate about global health and health equity issues. She volunteered in Belize educating healthcare workers, in Mexico, and in Nepal. She made several trips to Honduras and later led groups of Dartmouth undergraduate and medical students on service trips to Nicaragua. In 2013, Margo edited a guide for global health workers entitled “Building Partnerships in the Americas”(Dartmouth College Press), which Paul Farmer (of Partners in Health) called “the go-to volume for those deeply engaged in such work”, which she was. Margo was committed to working collaboratively and respectfully in the local communities and with every patient she encountered.
Margo counseled many of her patients about living a healthy life style, including frequent exercise and moving toward adopting a plant-based diet. Many of her friends changed their eating habits or became vegetarians as a result of what they learned from her.
Margo loved to spend time outdoors and many of her friends were people she met on the trail. Adventure travel was her favorite vacation--cycling, hiking, or back country skiing. She was accomplished at all of these. She fell in love with the White Mountains while she was an undergraduate at Dartmouth. She hiked all of New Hampshire's four thousand footers and completed the Catamount Trail (300 miles on skis, 2013). Recently she and her partner Bob focused on cycling, riding the Prouty Century and cycling up many of the Cols of the Tour de France.
Margo was devoted to her family. She was constant in her support of her parents, and so grateful to be able to spend time with them when they relocated from Florida to Lebanon in 2010. She packed a lot into her daily life, but always made time to spend time with friends and family, who will all miss her intelligence, energy, humor and genuinely kind spirit.
Margo is survived by her mother Lynn Krasnoff, her partner Bob Wanamaker and her brother and his wife, Mitch and Marcia Krasnoff.
In recognition of Margo’s passion for healthy living, contributions in her memory can be made to support an annual lecture given in her honor on the topic of nutrition and health. Contributions can be sent to DHMC c/o Michele Clark, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756, made out to “Dartmouth Hitchcock Health, Margo Krasnoff Fund” in the memo line.
A celebration of Margo’s life will take place for Margo on Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 PM at the Rollins Chapel in Hanover.