Michael F. Hynes MD
Michael F. Hynes MD, 68, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on February 18, 2013. A cherished husband, father and grandfather, he loved being a doctor and practiced as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at St. Joseph Health Center for 30 years. Born in Ohio to Catherine and Francis Hynes, Michael overcame severe childhood asthma to become an outstanding student and athlete. He was the first in his proud family to attend college. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and his Doctor of Medicine from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Michael completed a six year general surgery residency and a two year plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. He was a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Missouri Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. For several years, he also served as a board member for the Missouri Association of Plastic Surgeons and Saint Joseph Medical Center. He was twice voted the Best Plastic Surgeon in the Kansas City area.
While in medical school, Michael met his future wife, Beverly. Following his graduation, they married and remained happily committed to each other for over forty years until his passing. After their twin sons were born in Pennsylvania, Michael and his family moved to the Kansas City area in 1980 where he started a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Michael was genuinely devoted to his patients and their care. He truly loved being a doctor and particularly his role as a Plastic Surgeon. Each day offered a sought after challenge of excellence and the gratification of helping patients attain their goals. Patients frequently commented on Dr. Hynes’ humor and the happy atmosphere of his practice. Shortly after turning 60, his son David encouraged Michael to retire. He immediately declined the idea due to his ongoing, genuine love of his daily work and patients.
As a young man and physician, Michael was extremely active and pursued drag racing, hunting, skydiving, tennis, and competition trapshooting. He was part of a drag racing team for several years. He also won the Grand American Preliminary Handicap trapshooting title in 1976. His true passion, however, became golf and he spent many enjoyable years with family and friends at Blue Hills Country Club and Shadow Glen Golf Club. Michael also developed a love for bird-watching that extended from his backyard bird sanctuary to rare condor habitats in South America. Later in life, Michael embraced new hobbies in racing his Porsches, pistol shooting, and fishing. Fine wine and cuisine rarely missed his palate at home or abroad. Michael’s dry wit and direct personality seldom left any question as to where he stood.
Michael remained steadfastly devoted to his wife and twin sons throughout his life. He proudly sent his sons to the University of North Carolina and the University of Notre Dame and was a strong fan of both school’s sports teams. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Beverly; son Christopher of Boulder, CO; son David, daughter-in-law Gaily, and grandson Andrew Michael of Chicago, IL; and sister Kathleen of Leavenworth, WA. He was preceded in death by his mother Catherine and father Francis.
Per Michael’s specific request, a traditional wake and funeral will not be held. A memorial service for family will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care (9221 Ward Parkway, Suite, 100, Kansas City, MO 64114) or the Rockhurst High School Endowment Campaign (9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114). Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com