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Arthur L. Schneeberg, 85, Urology Chief, Albert Einstein Medical Center

April 22, 2010
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Arthur L. Schneeberg, 85, a longtime urologist who served as a chief of urology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, died March 21.

Schneeberg practiced for more than 40 years. As urologist of the original kidney-transplant team at Einstein, he assisted in some of the first kidney transplants in Philadelphia.

Throughout his life, Schneeberg gave to various Jewish charities. He served as a volunteer urologist at the Tzfat Medical Center in Israel, as well as Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, and was a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

When the onset of Alzheimer's forced him to retire, he continued to use his skills to remove fish hooks and other debris from pelicans at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami.

Schneeberg graduated from Central High School, earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and earned his Medical Doctors degree from Hahnemann Medical School. He completed his internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center (then known as the Jewish Hospital) and his residency in urology at Philadelphia General Hospital.

Schneeberg was board certified in surgery by the American College of Surgeons, and in urology by the American Board of Urology. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Einstein Ex-Residents Society, where he participated in the annual Bedpan Players musical comedies.

Schneeberg entered the U.S. Army during World War II while he was in medical school. He later served as a first lieutenant at the U.S. Army Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, during the Korean war, where he volunteered as the Jewish chaplain and once treated then-congressman John F. Kennedy when he visited the site.

Schneeberg was a longtime member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, where he and his wife sang with the A.J. Choral Society. He was also a dedicated supporter of the Jewish National Fund.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geraldine Cohen Schneeberg; daughters Sara Schneeberg Robinson and Ruth Schneeberg; son Benjamin Schneeberg; and five grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory can be made to: Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park or to the "Gift of Life House" (a new facility for transplant patients and their families), 401 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

 

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