Dr. Stuart A. Kay, who practiced opthalmology in New Canaan for 35 years, died at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Stamford July 11. He was 86.

Kay was born Feb. 27, 1925 in Montreal, Canada, the son of Stuart E. Kay and Dorothy A. Kay. His family moved to New Rochelle, N.Y., where he attended elementary school. He then went to Deerfield Academy and graduated in 1943.

He entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted infantryman, graduated from officer's candidate school and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the transportation corps. He spent two years continuous sea duty in the north Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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He graduated from Dartmouth College where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in three years. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and went on to complete his studies at McGill University in Montreal. He trained two years in general surgery and three years in opthalmology, completing his studies in 1958. He then moved to New Canaan to set up a solo opthalmology practice. He also taught medical students at Yale University.

In 1972, he and his wife moved into 38 Main St., where he had his doctor's office in his home.

Kay also served the Town of New Canaan as a volunteer fireman and later as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Country Club of New Canaan.

Kay was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Indian Harbor Yacht Club and the Noroton Yacht Club.

When he retired in 1994, he and his wife Betty purchased and restored an old farmhouse in Center Sandwich, N.H.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Bastine Kay, son David F. Kay and his wife Joyce of New Canaan; son James W. Kay and his wife Joann of Wilton; son Jonathan E. Kay and his wife Becki of New Canaan and daughter Jacqueline Lynn Brown and her husband Edward of Denver, Colol, and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Stuart A. Kay, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rosenthal Hospice Residence, 100 Shelburne Road, Stamford, CT 06902. Memorial services will be private.