Class Notes: March 2018

Class Notes:

Paul A. Jacobs, MD’54 is still involved with the Orthopaedic Surgery Department of the Medical College of Wisconsin, but is retired from practice. He spends winter as a snowbird in Florida and returns to Wisconsin for the Summer.

Robert S. Improta, MD’69 is working part-time, playing golfing, exercises with lap swimming, walking his dog, and running. He also attends social events with friends (Four Years a Widower).

Gary Pess, MD’81 celebrated 35 years of marriage with his wife Lois (Downstate CHRP 1979), married off both of their twin daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, and welcomed their first grandchild, Elizabeth Rosemary Pess, daughter of Matthew and Lyndsay Pess.

Scott Zuckerman, MD’85 has published his first book “Dreams Of My Comrades,” by Sunbury Press in November 2017. It is the story of a 95-year-old WWII veteran who revealed the untold details of his wartime experiences to Dr. Zuckerman. It is the story of their unexpected journey in the search for the truth. The book is available for purchase on here.


In Memoriam: *The Alumni Association recognizes in the “In Memoriam” section, not all alumni listed are recently deceased. As we become aware of the passing of our alumni we recognize them to provide their classmates with an update.

Harvey Rubin, MD’48 Maurice Harvey Rubin, an ophthalmologist, died on November 28 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 93. Dr.Rubin’s tender devotion to his family, friends, and patients was matched by his passion for learning, exploring and teaching. Harvey taught at the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill and Stanford medical schools for a combined period of 35 years. He was a guest teacher at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and was a guest of China to teach new procedures in cataract surgery in the 1970 ’s.He practiced ophthalmology in Greensboro, N.C. for 33 years.

Seymour Berger, MD’57 Dr. Seymour Berger, 86, of Lakewood, NJ, died suddenly on February 25, 2018, at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Born in Freehold, NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University, then Downstate Medical Center where he received this medical degree. He served his country as a captain in the United States Army. Dr. Berger was a beloved physician in Lakewood, NJ for over 55 years before his retirement in 2008. He is survived by his loving wife Lucille; Sons, Ira and his wife Linda of Rockville, MD, Clifford and his wife Nancy of Needham, MA, Mitchell and his wife Sandra of Cherry Hill, NJ, and his adored grandchildren, Allison, Steven, Emily, Amy, Stephanie, Evan, Isabelle and Gianna.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at Temple Beth Am Shalom, 1235 Highway 70 West Lakewood, NJ. Interment will follow at Agudath Achim Cemetery in Freehold, NJ. Memorial contributions in Seymour’s memory may be directed to the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s own choice. Arrangements are under the care of Belkoff-Goldstein Funeral Chapel.

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