Dr. Kennard Yaffe, 78, who retired in March as a general practitioner in Catonsville, died Wednesday of heart failure at the North Oaks retirement community, where he lived for the past four months.
Private services were planned.
Dr. Yaffe, a Baltimore native and longtime resident of Pikesville, began his practice in 1940 in West Baltimore.
He was a member of the staff at Sinai Hospital, where he belonged to the President's Advisory Council. He also was a former president of the Baltimore City Medical Society, chairman of the board of the Baltimore City Professional Standards Review Organization and medical director of the Maryland Foundation for Health Care.
In 1983, he was honored by the city as Baltimore's Best Physician.
He was chairman of the state medical society's committee on drugs and helped start the society's physician rehabilitation committee.
He also served on medical advisory boards of organizations and companies in the health-care field.