Leibsohn, Eugene MD
Eugene Leibsohn, MD "slipped the surly bonds of earth" on March 25, 2014. As a sergeant in the Army Air Corps in World War II, those are words he would have known. Born in Cedar Rapids in 1926, Eugene (known as "Jack" in those days) moved to Phoenix with his family in 1932. A member of the first full graduating class of North High School, he graduated with Honors in Chemistry and earned a scholarship to Northwestern University. He left school to serve his country in WWII where he fought in the Battle of Okinawa and was among the first wave of soldiers to occupy Hiroshima. After leaving the Army, he finished his undergraduate degree at Northwestern. As a man devoted to science and committed to education, Eugene earned two Master's degrees (U. of Arizona, Tufts University) and a medical degree (Chicago Medical School, where he was Vice President of the class of 1954). He founded his dermatology practice in 1960, and in the early days worked with local religious leaders, founding a free clinic for patients at hospitals in the Valley. Skin diseases and hair growth: these were two of his life long passions, but he also loved magic tricks, detective novels, schemes for winning at craps, pastrami sandwiches and cherry pie. He practiced dermatology in Phoenix for over 50 years, closing his office in 2012. Some patients might remember his collie, Lassie, who came to the office many days, others will remember his storytelling. Eugene was active in many organizations and causes, from medicine to philanthropy and, with Marian, raised five children. His immediate survivors include his wife, Marian, and his children and grandchildren: Dana, Andrea, Seth, Marcy, Michael, and Max. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27th at 2:00 p.m. in Beth El Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a
. Funeral arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 27, 2014