Serbin, Dr. Arnold L.
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Dr. Arnold L. Serbin passed away in Phoenix, AZ, on Monday February 18, 2013. He was 83. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, his son Gary, his daughters Ellen and Deborah, his daughter in law, Lisa, and his son in law, Eric Swanson, his grand children; Daniel, Rebecca, Michael, Jacob, Joshua, Matthew, and Noah; and his great grand children; Yaakov and Nosson Tzvi. He is also survived by his sister, Libby Katzke, and many in laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his parents; Samson and Reva, and his two younger brothers; Bernard and George. Ever since he dropped out of college his freshman year to run the family variety store in Tucson, when his father was sick, Dr. Arnold Serbin was responsible for the entire family. He was a pillar upon which the entire Serbin family rested. Moving to Tucson in 1943 he attended Tucson High School. There he played saxophone in the marching band. When he attended the University of Arizona, he joined he Musicians' Union and started the Arnold Serbin Band to help pay for his education. He played throughout college and Pharmacy School up to his first year in Chicago Medical School. After completion of a an internship at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, a two year stint with the United States Air Force, in Selma, Alabama, he completed his medical specialty training in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Serbin opened his practice of pulmonology, chest medicine, in 1964. He was an expert on Valley Fever and he was one of the first to perform flexible endoscopic bronchoscopies in Phoenix. He was on Life Member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, the AMA, and multiple other societies and associations. People breathed easier if they had Dr. Serbin for a doctor. He was involved in training numerous current staff members of both St. Joseph and Good Sam Hospitals. He was an active member of the Jewish Community and a long time member of Beth El Congregation, where he served on numerous committees and on the Board of Directors. Graveside services will be held at Beth El Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St in Phoenix at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Contributions can be made to Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 or
, 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Sinai Mortuary of AZ
4538 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 20, 2013