A cyclist killed in a weekend hit-and-run accident in Newport Coast was remembered Monday as an empathetic physician who practiced at Newport Family Medicine on Superior Avenue.
Dr. Catherine "Kit" Campion Ritz, 57, of Irvine was described by her husband, Patrick Ritz, as "a perfect person" who was devoted to being a good family practitioner and was "compassionate and charitable."
For the past 18 years, Campion Ritz, who used her maiden name professionally, served as the president of Greater Newport Physicians.
"Dr. Kit Campion was a warm, engaging leader, respected and loved by her patients, physician colleagues, nurses and health-care professionals throughout Orange County," said Diane Laird, CEO of Greater Newport Physicians, which has more than 550 members. "She worked tirelessly to ensure that members of all the communities we serve had access to the best health care.
"Dr. Campion cared for thousands of patients over the last three decades and played an important role in the health of so many Orange County families."