Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

President Coleman, regents, Dr. Ora Pescovitz issue statements on the death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Mark Pescovitz, husband of Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs, died Sunday in an automobile accident on I-94 in Jackson County.

President Mary Sue Coleman's statement

On behalf of the University of Michigan community, I want to express my deep sadness and shock over the tragic death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz, husband of Dr. Ora Pescovitz, our executive vice president for medical affairs.

Mark was a gifted transplant surgeon and administrator at Indiana University's School of Medicine. He was a talented artist, an intensely engaged member of his community and, most meaningfully, a dedicated father and husband, and a dear friend to many of us.

Those of us fortunate enough to know Mark saw firsthand his commitment to his family, to their faith, and to serving others. We know that their faith will support them in the difficult days ahead, and we offer our deepest sympathies to Ora and her family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Details about how the University community can express its condolences will be forthcoming and posted on

U-M Board of Regents' statement

Words cannot fully convey the sadness we feel regarding the loss of Dr. Mark Pescovitz, whose wife, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, leads the University of Michigan Health System. In the relatively short time that we have known him, his high energy and deeply held values have greatly enriched our community.

We mourn his loss and grieve with the Pescovitz family, and their friends and colleagues. We offer our deepest condolences to Ora and her children, and hold them in our thoughts.

(NOTE: The Board of Regents meeting originally scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until 3 p.m. Friday in the Regents Room of the Fleming Building on the Ann Arbor campus.)

Dr. Ora Pescovitz's statement

This unexpected tragedy reminds us all of the fragility of life, and I am grateful for the support and well-wishes that my family and I are receiving from the U-M and Ann Arbor communities, as well as from our wonderful friends and family in Indianapolis. My children and I will treasure Mark’s memory, and take solace from knowing how many lives he saved and touched throughout his career and life. He was a wonderful father, husband and friend, as well as an astute and creative artist, researcher and surgeon. He will be greatly missed.