Joseph Stanley Karas, who spent his medical career in Rhode Island, died May 14, 2012, at a hospice center. A 1949 graduate of Columbia College, Dr. Karas graduated from P&S in 1953 then completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital.
He served Rhode Island Hospital for many years as a physician in internal medicine and cardiology. He received citations from the state of Rhode Island for his humanitarian work as director of the Rhode Island Poison Control Center, for his service as a volunteer ombudsman, and for his work with the Christian Appalachian Project in Lancaster, Ky.
A native of Lawrence, Mass., Dr. Karas served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the mid-1950s. He and his wife, Louise R. (Endyke) Karas, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 9, 2011, surrounded by their five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.