Mindy C. Schwartz, M.D.
June 21, 2013
Mindy C. Schwartz, M.D., passed away June 21st, after a valiant and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51. She was an inspiration to all that knew her by how she lived her life. While cancer treatment can be an all-consuming, Mindy was discreet about it and let her actions and accomplishments define her, rather than the cancer. She knew every day was a gift and appreciated what she had, always having positive thoughts and words to share.
She was born in Reno and grew up in a close-knit military family where she learned to make friends easily and quickly. At a young age, she decided to pursue medicine and went on to earn both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. Mindy completed residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh in Neurology and at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Child Neurology. She continued her academic development even as she honed her clinical skills, completing post-doctoral positions with a fellowship in Pediatric Epilepsy and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy, all at the University of Pittsburgh. She was proud to return to Reno to open her private practice in 1997 and became a highly sought-after expert in the fields of Pediatric Neurology and the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in adults and children.
Mindy Schwartz's passion for helping others and her modesty defined who she was throughout her life. She was always willing to take time to help friends, family and patients, regardless of a holiday. She made people feel welcomed, invited and included.
Her time at Tulane began her love affair with the City of New Orleans. She returned every year to reconnect with her college friends, the jazz festival, and enjoy all of the food New Orleans had to offer. It was her home away from home. Her time as a military brat gave her the skills to stay connected with all of her friends, regardless of distance or time.
Her spirit and determination were unbridled in her pursuit of being physically fit. At 30 she completed her first marathon. She was always seeking new challenges through training and completing numerous Olympic distance triathlons, skiing, road biking (completed 4 passes in the Death Ride), golf, (hole-in-one on #5 of the Arrowcreek Legend Course) camping, hiking, and yoga.
Physical fitness was a constant in her life. It also allowed her to eat! She had a great love of eating and cooking gourmet food and was always delighted to feed her friends and family.
Mindy is survived by her partner, Marielle Moyer-Schwartz; mother Natalie, father Harold "Hal", Step-mother Marlene; brother Gary and step-sister Kelly O'Day.
Memorial service to be held on Friday, July 12th, from 1-4 pm at Arrowcreek Country Club 2905 Arrowcreek Pkwy., Reno, NV 89511 (775-850-4653)
In lieu of sending flowers, please donate to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 901 E. Street NW, Suite 405, Washington, D.C. 20004