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RE: The Passing of Martin M. Becker, DPM 


Dr. Martin Becker


PM News is saddened to report the loss of Martin Becker, DPM of St. Louis, MO on December 25th. Dr. Becker was a 1963 graduate of the Illinois Collge of Podiatric Medicine. He previously was affiliated with Madison Medical Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.


Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch [12/28/16]

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RE: The Passing of Ivan Abrahamson, DPM


PM News is saddened to report the death of Dr. Ivan Abrahamson. Ivan graduated NYCPM in 1958 and held all Queens Division positions, including twice being elected president. He served at a delegate to The NYSPMA House of Delegates and  was an Attending at various Queens hospitals. He was part of four generations of podiatrists (Grandfather, father, and son [Hal Abrahamson, DPM]).


Dr. Ivan Abrahamson

The funeral is Sunday at 1:30 at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills 71-25 Main Street, Flushing. Shiva will be at Jean & Ivan’s house at 141-18 68th Drive, Flushing. Sunday through Thursday 12 - 9:00pm.




Dr. Jonathan Haber was my residency director. Not only was he an exceptional surgeon and practitioner, but he was a true mentor at St. Barnabas, who really looked out for all his residents and their needs (podiatric and life). When we, his residents, learned of the devastating news of his passing, a chat group was formed and we shared, reminisced, cried and laughed about the many "Haberisms" that have touched and changed our lives and podiatric practices forever. He stayed in touch with many of us and has been guiding us through our years, even though we are spread all over. 


Dr. Jonathan Haber was a truly special man, mentor, and physician who will be missed by all. I speak on behalf of all his residents when I say what an honor it was to have learned from him. Sending hugs and strength to his amazing wife Arlene and daughter Melanie.


Beth Freeling Gusenoff, DPM, Pittsburgh, PA




I am shocked today. Jon was a classmate, friend, and colleague for many years. We shared many experiences during our days as students. We often met during our later years as a result of our commitment to podiatry as volunteers for our beloved profession. He was a wonderful friend, a true asset to podiatry, and will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. 


Lloyd Smith, DPM, NYCPM, 1974



RE: The Passing of Jonathan Haber, DPM


I am devastated to advise that last evening our dear friend and colleague Jonathan Haber lost his brave and courageous battle with cancer. He passed peacefully at home with his beloved family. Jon, a 1974 graduate of NYCPM was a truly esteemed and valued faculty member of the college since the time he completed his residency and subsequently trained several generations of podiatric surgeons.


In addition to his college activities, Jon served the profession in numerous other ways including residency director, Chair of CPME and President of NBPME. Following his family which always came first, Jon’s loves were podiatry, golf, wine, and cigars. He will be greatly missed. The funeral will be held today. We send our love and condolences to his wife Arlene and daughter Melanie.


Michael J. Trepal, DPM



RE: The Passing of William P. Orien, DPM

From: Jack Morgan, DPM


It is with sadness to myself and the profession that we lost an icon, Dr. William P. Orien. His funeral is scheduled for Sunday Dec 17, 2017 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. 


Dr. William Orien


Bill was the activist who put biomechanics on the national map. Mert L Root, DPM, John H. Weed, DPM, and William P Orien, DPM and their book, Normal and Abnormal Function of the Foot became the bible for... 


Editor's Note: Dr. Morgan's extended-length letter can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Gary Bruce Effron, DPM


It is with heavy hearts we announce that Dr. Gary Bruce Effron, philanthropist, amateur photographer, and lover of all things dog, passed away on December 8, 2017.


Dr. Bruce Effron


Gary established Commonwealth Podiatry Associates, was past president of Virginia Podiatry Medical Association, current board member of Virginia Diabetes Council, and co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee of Congregation Or Atid. 


Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch [12/11/17] 



RE: The Passing of Daniel A. Marzano, DPM


Daniel A. Marzano, 94, died Tuesday December 5, 2017. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. Completing his educational requirements in 1952, he practiced podiatry in Newark and Long Branch until 1989. He was a member of the Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean, Elks, and Old Guard of Long Branch, the VFW of Asbury Park, and the American Podiatric Medical Association.


Source: Asbury Park Press [12/8/17]



RE: The Passing of William L Reider, DPM


Dr. William L. Reider passed away on December 3, 2017. Bill practiced podiatry in Briarwood, Queens and Dix Hills, New York for 41 years. He was a past president (at age 31) of The Queens County Podiatry Society.


Dr. William Reider


Bill retired and sold his practice in 1998 and moved to Boca Raton, Florida. For years, he remained active writing and publishing articles and attending conventions. He also took special pride in mentoring young people aspiring to become podiatrists.



RE: The Passing of Carl Kirschner, DPM

Dr. Carl Kirschner

Dr. Carl Kirschner A resident of Rochester Hills, Michigan, died on November 6th, 2017 at the age of 86. He was a 1960 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Source: Afterlife



RE: The Passing of William Grady Dunn, Jr., DPM


Dr. William Dunn


Dr. William Grady Dunn Sr., passed away on December 5, 2017. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatry with honors in Cleveland, OH. He received special recognition for having served six years on the NC State Board of Podiatry. In addition, he served as president of the NC Podiatry Society and served on the Board of the NC Cancer Society. 


Souurce: Winston-Salem Journal [12/7/17] 



RE: The Passing of Stephen Winarick, DPM

On Halloween evening, my greatest longtime friend passed away, leaving a wonderful family — really my second family — and a wide array of friends and buddies: Dr. Stephen Winarick, a local podiatrist until his retirement 17 years ago. The hole left in so many hearts will ache with sadness forever.

Dr. Stephen Winarick

Steve was born and reared in the northeastern United States, arriving in Texas in the early 1970s as a podiatrist with the Air Force. He later purchased a podiatry practice in Waco and practiced here for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2000.

Source:  Harry Harelik, Waco Tribune Journal [11/22/17]



RE: The Passing of Bernard S. "Bernie" Gilbert, DPM  


Dr. Bernard S. "Bernie" Gilbert  89, passed November 17, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was a podiatrist in Mount Holly, NJ, and a 1952 graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Bernard Gilbert


Bernie was a Medical Specialist in the U.S. Army, a president of Temple Har Zion, active in Mizpah Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, and a volunteer at The Walnut Street Theater. 


Source: Courier Post [11/19/17]



RE: The Passing of Milton Lapoff, DPM

Dr. Milton Lapoff passed away at the age of 87. He was a 1956 graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and was a faculty member there from 1958-61. He practiced in NY from 1956-1981 and in Florida (with his son Kevin Lapoff, DPM) from 1982 -2010.

Dr. Milton Lapoff

Dr. Lapoff served as president of both the Queens County (NY) Podiatry Association and the Palm Beach County (FL) Podiatric Medical Association. While in New York, he served as medical advisor to the Queens County Supreme Court.



RE: The Passing of Glen D. Fields, DPM

Dr. Glen D. Fields, age 96, and a 36 year resident and practicing podiatrist in Roseburg, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Washington, surrounded by his family and long-time friends.

A loving and adored father, Glen spent the last 10 years in the Vancouver area near his youngest daughter, Tracy. Throughout his life, he was a World War II Marine veteran, a police officer in Chula Vista, California, and recreational pilot, as well as a podiatrist.

Source: Roseburg News Review [11/17/17]



RE: The Passing of Herbert Liston, DPM

Dr. Herbert Liston, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States to avoid the Holocaust. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatry in 1959.

Dr. Herbert Liston

Herb and his wife, Seema, moved to Phoenix, Arizona in March 1961, where Herb opened his podiatry practice. He retired 35 years later and followed his dream of playing bridge daily at the Phoenix Bridge Center, where he achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master.

Source: Scottsdale Republic [11/16/17]



RE: The Passing of Deb Chirtea, DPM


After a long battle against cancer, Dr. Deb Chirtea has died, a family source tells 10 On Your Side. On Nov 1, Dr. Chirtea was able to realize her vision of putting titles that she made with her daughter Madison Perry at Virginia Beach General Hospital .


Dr. Deb Chirtea


Surrounded by family, friends, nurses, and co-workers, Chirtea toured the hallways, finally getting to see her tiles in their rightful places. On the front, there were sea animals with colored ribbons. On the back, names of people who have battled cancer. Chirtea had battled cancer for nearly a year.


Source: Matthew Twist, WAVY-TV [11/5/17]



RE: The Passing of Frederic Malmberg, DPM


Dr. Frederic Malmberg, 63, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at his home in York. He practiced podiatry in York, PA for over 30 years.


Dr. Frederic Malmberg


In his free time, he excelled at a variety of pursuits, including wood carving, and was highly regarded around the world for his fine boomerang craftsmanship and won several world bommerang championships. He was an avid table tennis player, and a formidable chess player.


Source: York Daily Record [11/5/17]



The Passing of Jack Jacobson, DPM


It is with sadness that we lost our classmate and friend Jack Jacobson, October 12. He graduated with us at ICPM in 1967. He served an internship at Woodward General Hospital, Detroit, MI the following year. He practiced in Battle Creek for his entire career and retired in Arizona the last years of his life. He was loved by his patients, staff, and was a mentor to all his residents and colleagues. 


Dr. Jack Jacobson


We were blessed to have him join us in Chicago this past April for our 50th podiatry school reunion. He was loved and respected by all of his classmates and teachers. 


David Wolf, DPM



RE: The Passing of Dean D. Purtzer, DPM


Dr. Dean Purtzer


Dr. Dean D. Purtzer, 91, a resident of Brandon, MS went home to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday morning, October 24, 2017 with his wife at his side in their home. He attended Podiatry College in Chicago, IL where he received his doctorate degree in podiatry in 1951. Dean then practiced Podiatry in Columbus, NE with his wife as his nurse until 1979 when they moved to Mississippi and practiced in Jackson, MS until his retirement in 1991.


Source: Clarion Ledger [10/26/17]



RE: The Passing of Maynard Harvey Rasmussen, DPM


Dr. Maynard Harvey Rasmussen passed peacefully away in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 21, 2017. Dr. Rasmussen graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1972, followed by a residency program.


Dr. Maynard Rasmussen


After graduation, he and his young family relocated to Utah, where he began his professional career as a podiatrist in Ogden. He practiced podiatry for over 30 years in South Ogden. He also practiced in satellite offices in Morgan and Salt Lake City. 


Source: Standard-Examiner [10/27/17]



RE: The Passing of James Patrick Wilson, DPM


Dr. James Wilson


Dr. James Patrick Wilson, 57, of Temple died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at his residence. He received his doctorate from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He was double board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. He practiced medicine in Arizona.


Source: Temple telegram [10/10/17]



RE: The Passing of Eugene Weisberger, DPM


Dr. Eugene Weisberger, 97, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 at Friends Homes Guilford in Greensboro, NC. He served in World War II in the US Naval Reserve as an aviation cadet, in the U.S. Army as a meteorologist, and then attended and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1948. "Jinx," as his close friends and family called him, established himself as a podiatrist in Greensboro in 1949. 


Dr. Eugene Weisberger


As part of his practice and service to the community, he drove every month for approximately 30 years to the Blumenthal Jewish Home in Clemmons to treat patients at no charge to them. He had a thriving practice for 45 years, retiring from and selling his practice, Greensboro Podiatry Associates, in January 1994. 


Source: Greensboro News and Record [10/10/17]



RE: The Passing of Kirk M. Contento, DPM

From: Joseph Borreggine, DPM


My good friend and colleague over the last 30 years has passed away. Kirk M. Contento DPM, was one the biggest influences in my life not only when I was a podiatry student, but as a true colleague...a big man, not only in size, but with his heart. 


Dr. Kirk Contento


He dedicated his life to this profession...following in the footsteps of his father, Michael Contento, DPM, who was a downtown Chicago Loop podiatrist for many years. He passed away in 1985 due to a...


Editor's note: Dr. Borreggine's extended-length letter can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Robert Levine, DPM

From: Russell J. Stoner


Robert “Rob” G. Levine, 70, of Louisville, passed away in June. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1972. He began his private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Dr. Robert Levine


Dr. Levine was a past-president of the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards, the Kentucky State Board of Podiatry and the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association. He received the...


Editor's note. Dr. Levine's extended-length obituary can be read here.



RE: The Passing of Denny E. Gamble, Sr., DPM


Dr. Denny E. Gamble, Sr. passed away after a long illness on September 25, 2017. Dr. Gamble graduated from the Chicago College of Chiropody (now the Dr. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine).


Dr. Denny Gamble, Sr


Dr. Gamble practiced podiatry and podiatric surgery in Shreveport from 1952 until 1998 at Gamble Foot Clinic. He trained several young podiatrists on how to practice podiatric medicine. 


Source: Shreveport Times [9/27/17]