Obituary of Raymond L Kotch
Dr. Raymond L. Kotch, 101, of New Canaan, CT, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home on April 8, 2023. Ray grew up in New York City, and attended Erasmus Hall, DeWitt Clinton High School, and City University of New York. He graduated from the College of Dental Medicine of Columbia University, and was an attending oral surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. In the early 1950s, Ray served as a captain in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he was discharged, Ray began a 50-year career in general dentistry in Darien, CT, in some cases treating three generations of patients.
Ray was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Mary Heleba Kotch, whom he met when she was a nurse at Mt. Sinai. They settled in New Canaan in 1953 and there raised three daughters, Jamie Kotch (James Corkindale), Janice Gutowski (Dr. W.Thomas Gutowski), and Jane Kotch Barucci. Ray is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Ray always enjoyed learning about and experiencing new things.His many interests have included tennis, traveling, wood working, photography, gardening, and antique clock repair. He was a member of the Darien Country Club, The Lake Club of Wilton, The Men's Club of New Canaan, and the New Canaan YMCA. He enjoyed the arts, music, and theater, and loved animals and the great outdoors. Ray will be remembered as a supportive, generous, and loyal husband, father, and friend. A celebration of Ray's life will take place in New Canaan at a date to be determined.