Dr. Stanley Gordon Dienst, 91, of Hendersonville passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Elizabeth House following a period of declining health. He was a son of the late Charles and Lillian Dienst, and was also preceded in death by his sister, Marion Jean Pascoe; brothers, Charles Franklin Dienst, Jr. and Leslie W. Dienst. A native of Boise, ID, he had resided in Henderson County for the past 18 years. Dr. Dienst had called a multitude of cities home during different stages of his life and career. Those cities included Lincoln, Nebraska; Flushing, New York; Rutgers, New Jersey; San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Maine; Detroit, Michigan and Bismarck, North Dakota.
Dr. Dienst was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during WWII. He was a graduate of Flushing High School and then Rutgers University and Denver University for his undergraduate degree. He then went to medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Dienst served his fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He was the Chief of Transplantation for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and then Med Center One in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was the first physician to perform a kidney transplant in Morocco. Dr. Dienst served as the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Detroit and was the founder of One World Coffee House and Green Earth Café in Bismarck. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and was a tireless advocate for peace, disarmament and environmental protection. Dr. Dienst was part of the first wave of Four Seasons Toastmasters in Hendersonville and enjoyed golfing and sailing. His love for his family was deep, and he cherished his time spent with them. Dr. Dienst chose medicine as his profession because of the “Reverence for Life” creed espoused by Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia Dienst; son, Bradford Dienst and his fiancé, Cheryl Stewart-Perryman; daughter, Krista Swinton and her husband, John; granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah Swinton; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Memorial gifts may be made to WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.wncpsr.org), or, the International Myeloma Foundation (www.myeloma.org)