LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lloyd Dewald Mayer was born on November 6, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, to Leonore and Morris Mayer. Although he spent his early years in Brooklyn, Lloyd was sent to Arizona to help improve his asthma. He graduated from Tucson Senior High School in 1938. After receiving B.A. (1941) and M.D. (1944) degrees from the University of Louisville, he completed residency requirements in internal medicine and allergy in hospitals in the New York City area and Pittsburgh. In 1952, Lloyd moved his family from Pittsburgh to Lexington, KY, and went into practice with Dr. Maurice Kaufman.
Lloyd had three great passions in life: medicine, music and tennis. He loved treating allergies, cared deeply about relieving his patients’ suffering, and will be remembered fondly by many for his work. He served on the UK Medical Center staff from 1962 – 2006, and several of his articles were published in professional journals. Even after retiring from private practice, Lloyd continued to work with the VA Hospital’s Allergy Clinic, at the UK Allergy Clinic, and as a research assistant on immunization studies. He remained active in national, state, and local medical societies throughout his career.
Lloyd was an accomplished viola and violin player who played in small ensembles for many years. He inspired his sons and other young people to discover the joys of music and served on the board of the Central KY Youth Orchestra in the 1950s. His first musical love was opera, and he took great delight listening to and attending performances whenever possible.
Despite his lifelong asthma, Lloyd was a devoted tennis enthusiast. No matter the weather, if he could clear a court of rain or snow, he would play whenever he had free time. He was instrumental in establishing the first indoor tennis courts in Lexington in an empty tobacco warehouse and later worked with others in the community to create the Racquet Club. Even in his 80s, he helped coach the girls’ tennis team at Bryan Station High School and played the game several times each week.
A kind and generous man to his family, friends and those in need, Lloyd respected the beliefs of others and strongly believed in the equality of all. He had a wonderful capacity to learn from his varied experiences, which was exemplified by his long membership and involvement with Temple Adath Israel along with his regular participation at the Central Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first and second wives, Norma Eisenberg Mayer and Marie Puntney Mayer. He is survived by his wife Carol Hodges Mayer; his six boys Mike (Michelle), Fred (Linda), Ted (Mary Ellen), Lee (Maura), Luke Hodges (Tom Wallace) and Morgan Hodges; his brother Abby Mayer of Cornwall, NY; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Milward-Southland. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Temple Adath Israel Endowment Fund, Central Baptist Church General Fund, God’s Food Pantry of Lexington, or the Salvation Army.
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