AMCNO Remembers Past President Dr. Ted Castele

Theodore “Ted” Castele, MD, a Past President of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO), has died. He passed away August 23 at his home surrounded by family. He was 87.

Born in New Castle, PA, Dr. Castele was a graduate of Adelbert College and Western Reserve University. He practiced as a radiologist at Lutheran Hospital and served in various positions, including Chief of Staff, throughout his 38 years there.

Dr. Castele, however, is perhaps best known for serving as the Medical Editor for WEWS-TV5 in Cleveland for 25 years, a partnership that the AMCNO helped establish. He became the first television news doctor in the country when he took the reins in 1975. During his appearances, he discussed everything from common cold treatments to the latest medical breakthroughs—providing health information in a way that was more easily understood by those watching in Northeast Ohio.

He was very active in the medical community, serving as President and/or Chairman of the Board of 16 medical and/or community organizations, including his AMCNO presidency from 1974-1975. Dr. Castele received numerous awards, including the AMCNO’s “Distinguished Member Award” and “The Portrait Award,” which means his portrait has a permanent place in the AMCNO offices. He remained an active AMCNO member before he became ill. Last year, he submitted an entry for the AMCNO’s Northern Ohio Physician 190th Anniversary special edition, in which he detailed important practice issues that he and his board members faced during his presidential term. Throughout his life, Dr. Castele also maintained a strong relationship with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Castele was an Eagle Scout and U.S. Navy veteran. He was married to his wife Jean for 63 years, before her passing in 2014. The couple is survived by 7 children, 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, at St. Angela Merici Church.

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