Jay Portner, 85, General Surgeon, Teacher


Dr. Jay H. Portner, 85, a longtime general surgeon who served as chief of surgery for 15 years at Rolling Hill Hospital, died Oct. 18. He was a resident of Wyncote.

Portner was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played in the marching band, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society as a junior.

After graduation from Penn's Medical School, he interned at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He then served a surgical residency at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

Upon his return to the Philadelphia area, Portner attended the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Surgery, where he also taught. He eventually settled into a private medical/surgical practice with two other physicians.

In addition to serving as chief of surgery at Rolling Hill Hospital, Portner was a staff surgeon at several other hospitals, spanning more than 40 years.

He was a board member and leader at Beth Sholom Congregation, and an active participant, officer and board member of the William Portner Lodge of B'nai B'rith, named for his father.

Portner chanted Torah the first day of Rosh Hashanah every year, following his Bar Mitzvah, for 70 years, first at Har Zion Temple and then at Beth Sholom Congregation.

A supporter of many charities, he served in World War II as a captain, and a general surgeon at Fort Dix, N.J.

Portner is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Grace Schimmel; daughter Lynell Morris; son William Portner; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



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