Dr. Saied Ameen, 85, died peacefully at home on September 22, 2012. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC. Longtime friend and pastor, Dr. William F. "Chip" Summers, Jr. will conduct. Visitation will immediately follow the service in John Knox Hall.
"Sy" was born September 6, 1927 in Winnsboro, SC, son of John and Maggie Sanders Ameen. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy in 1947 and served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist aboard the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Essex and U.S.S. Valley Forge, between 1944 and 1950. He completed Medical School in 1957 and practiced General Medicine in his hometown of Great Falls for ten years before returning to MUSC in Charleston to specialize in Radiology, which he practiced at Kershaw County Medical Center until he retired in 1988. He then shared his love of medicine with others as an Associate Professor at U.S.C. School of Medicine from 1988 to 1990. He was a lifelong avid golfer, fisherman, and Gamecock fan.
He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Lois Rusznak Ameen, a son, Dr. Michael (Pam) Ameen of Newburyport, MA, daughters Sharon (Creig) Guinn of Lugoff, Mary Kay (Joe) Blalock of Camden, and Ann (Joey) Dedman of Blythewood; grandchildren Paige and Rachel Ameen, Maggie, Jeter, Lydia and Shelby Guinn, and Seth (Leane) and Matthew (Kayla) Blalock; sisters, Mary Monsen and Margaret Cooper, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by brothers John and William Robert "Bobby" Ameen, sister Helen Cleaver, niece Sandy Cleaver and nephew William Robert "Billy" Ameen.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC or to their charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy for the Ameen family may be left at www.southcarolinacremation.com