Kenneth Kelman

Obituary of Kenneth Kelman









Dr. Kenneth Kelman passed away peacefully on Friday September 1, 2017 surrounded by family and dear friends knowing he was loved and will be missed and remembered by all the people whose lives he touched.

Ken was the son of the late Jacob and Nettie Kelman.  He was born in Troy, New York.  He was proud of his Jewish heritage. He was a lifetime resident of Albany.  He graduated from Troy High School.  He attended Union College for his undergraduate degree.  Ken attended the University of Michigan where he earned his dental degree.  He had practices in Albany, Troy and Hoosick. He enjoyed his dentistry and looked forward to going to the office early each morning to treat patients whom he considered his friends and family. He was fortunate to have a strong loyal team of great women professionals supporting him each and every day.

Ken was a patriot and loved his country. He volunteered and proudly served his country during the Vietnam  War earning the rank of Captain.  He was in the Army Dental Corps detached to Special Forces. On the afternoon of 9/11 he went to the Army Recruitment Center to re-enlist.  They thanked him for his service and told him he needed to let others do their duty now.

Ken was a huge Yankee fan since childhood.  During his illness the Yankees still held his loyalty and interest.  He rooted for his poor Cleveland Browns and the LA Lakers.  He was a man of style who always looked like he stepped out of GQ and had the opportunity to model and appear in the New York Times twice for an ad for Paul Stuart Clothing Store in Manhattan. 


Ken always wore his heart on his sleeve, and wasn’t afraid to tell people he loved them and cheered them on to be all they could be.  He always believed that everyone deserved a second chance and demonstrated many acts of kindness to those in need.


He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife Judith Moore-Kelman.  He always said Judy was the love of his life.  Left to lovingly cherish his memory are members of the Kelman’s, Richter’s, Sommers, Moore, Turners, Kingsley, Stevens and Peter’s families that he was a major part of.


Ken is survived by his two sons that he loved very much and was very proud of; Dr. Chad Kelman (Michelle) and Jonathan Kelman (Georgianna) and his grandchildren (Lucas, Benjamin, Alexa, Brandon, Jack and Cristian).  His sister Elaine (David) Richter and nephews Craig Richter and Mark Richter.  His cousins Donald Sommers and Estelle Dwore.


Ken also felt he was so blessed to be a part of Judy’s loving family as well.  He is survived by his “sister” and “brother” Bill and Linda Turner from Concord New Hampshire.  Their children who adored him as their second father Brooke Mulkerron (Sean), Summer Gallo (Lucas) Matthew Turner (Courtney) and his additional “grandchildren” Molly, Tess, Sean, River, Scout, Quinn and Heath. He is also lovingly survived by other members of the family who adored him as their second father; his niece Jennifer Kingsley (Ron), Rob Moore, Eric Stevens (Patti) and James Stevens (Patty) and children Helena, Macy, Lauren, Kelsey, James, Josh and Jason) and his dear friends Judith Roth and Ann Swain.


The family would also like to thank the team of people who cared for Ken during his final journey; Dr. William Kowal, PA Sherry Sherman and Case Manager Colleen Faubel; Rickey Rowe, Blanca Vasquez and Brenda Gabino from Interim Health Care and the wonderfully kind and supportive nursing team at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center (Maryann, Kimberly, Asfa, Chantelle, Cynthia, Debbie, Fred, Michelle and other staff members).


A private family service with Rabbi Scott L. Shpeen from Congregation Beth Emeth was held on Wednesday September 6 with interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery  in Colonie with the Moore-Peter’s Family. 




Those who want to remember Ken may make donations in his memory to the Veterans Miracle Center 10 Interstate Avenue Albany New York 12205