Dr. Carroll Weinberg, 87


Dr. Carroll Weinberg, who developed a sense of fairness and caring while seeing his parents befriend black families others often disregarded while growing up in Blackstone, Va., and continued with that kind of commitment throughout his life, passed away Dec. 16. He was buried in Baltimore, Md., following memorial services at Temple Oheb Shalom officiated by rabbis David Straus of Main Line Reform Temple in Merion and Steven Fink of Oheb Shalom. (A Philadelphia-area memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 10 at Main Line Reform.)

“I recently asked Carroll where did he find his sense of tikkun olam, of social justice,” said Straus. “He said it came from growing up with parents in Blackstone who were one of the first merchants who owned a store and gave credit to poor blacks and let them try on clothes. He said he learned from that that all people are God’s children. Carroll was a real humanitarian who was very quietly involved with working to make a difference. He was never doing it for himself, his ego or headlines. He was doing it because it was the right thing to do.”
For 62.5 years, Charlotte Weinberg witnessed her husband continuously amaze her. The man who became a pillar of two communities — here and in Baltimore — not only became one of the pre-eminent experts in the field of psychiatry; he expanded his scope to become involved in art and history museums, human rights and foreign affairs.
But neither that nor his many other accomplishments will be what she remembers most. “He always felt it was not about what he did for people,” she recalled. “It was what they allowed him to do for them. I’ve received cards and notices and phone calls from so many people. They’re as devastated as I am.
“We had such a beautiful life together and Carroll loved his life. He loved history and was very active in a number of organizations besides practicing medicine. He was the first Jewish person into the top of the society in the Ukraine” — in 2014 Dr. Weinberg was named a hero of the Ukraine in recognition of his efforts to get proper medical care for injured protesters — “and he worked with Germans to teach them about American Jews.”
A member of the board of several associations both here and in Israel, Weinberg received a number of commendations throughout his life. In addition to his professional accomplishments the Weinbergs also funded two community gardens at Drexel University, where he was associate adjunct professor of psychiatry until 2004.
A graduate of Duke University, Weinberg went on to receive both his master’s and doctorate at the University of Virginia, where he met Charlotte, who worked in the school’s medical photography department.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Weinberg received the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee’s 1997 Human Relations Award and was active as a board member of the Jewish-Catholic Institute in the Theology Department at St. Joseph’s University. He remained involved with that and numerous other local and national organizations until shortly before his death.
The 2012 recipient of the Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) Award at Ben Gurion University, Dr. Carroll Weinberg is survived by his wife, Charlotte, daughter, Gwynne, sons Warren and Douglas and four grandchildren.
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