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Beychok, Irving
Feb. 11, 1926 - Jul. 15, 2013
Irving Abraham ("Chuck") Beychok, 87, of Sarasota died July 15, 2013. Irving Abraham Beychok was born in Saratoga Springs, New York on February 11, 1926 and was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was the third of three children. He graduated from Centenary College of Shreveport, Louisiana in 1945. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans in 1949. He completed a Navy sponsored rotating internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1949-1950. He then served as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corp of the Navy Reserve as a physician on the Obstetrical and Gynecology Service and as an advisor for the Hospital Blood Bank at Maxell Air Force Base in Alabama from 1950-1951. He then served as a Captain in the Air Force shortly after it's formation from 1951-1952 during the Korean War. Irving then completed his Residency Training of four years in general surgery and one year in pathology at Charity Hospital and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans from 1952-1957. He then moved with his first wife, Louise and his first two children from Lafayette, Louisiana to Sarasota, Florida in 1957. He maintained a private practice of General Surgery from 1957 to 1998 with full general surgery privileges and upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy privileges at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (having created the initial endoscopy suite there) and at Columbia Doctor's Hospital. (His practice held a moderate emphasis on colo-rectal surgery and colonoscopy.) Irving was a member of the America College of Surgeons, Board Certified in General Surgery in 1958 and re-certified in 1980, was a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, was Chief of Staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1968, Chief of Surgery at SMH in 1965, was the Past President of the Sarasota County Medical Association in 1966, was the Chairman of the Committee for the Establishment of Memorial Hospital's Center for Advanced Technology in Surgery and Laparoscopy, and was a member of Memorial Staff planning committees and a Hospital Director Selection Committee. He served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Agency for International Development in a Vietnamese Civilian Hospital (Cantho) and participated in helicopter rescue missions for three months during the Vietnamese conflict. He retired his practice in 1998 and served as a consultant, CITA, North American from 1966-1996. Irving and his former wife, Mrs. Louise Beychok joined Temple Beth Sholom synagogue in 1958. He was one of the first three physicians to join the synagogue. He sponsored much of the research and development of the TBS Hebrew School curriculum under Rabbi Shodar. He led religious services and life cycle event services for the synagogue when needed. He served as a Board member on the first Board of Directors of the Sarasota Jewish Community Council. (The parent agency of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation)
Irving is survived by his three children from his union with Louise Beychok: Lila Beychok, David Yerushalmi, and Daniel Beychok, and his seven grandchildren: Jessica Beychok-Boyer, Olivia Beychok-Boyer, Jacob Beychok, Joshua Beychok, Shane Beychok-Boyer, Yechezcal Yerushalmi, and Chana Leah Yerushalmi as well as his companion of the past twenty-two years, Susie Fisher. Irving loved first and foremost being a husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his career, his volunteer work (most recently serving on his Condo Association's committees), and his hobbies and interests. He had an insatiable intellectual curiosity and love of life. He enjoyed writing fiction manuscripts and published a non-fiction book in 1991, Better Bodies After 35 - A Commonsense Approach to Healthful Living. He loved to read, including the entire Gateway to the Great Books and Great Books collections, religious, texts of the major religions, adventure and mystery novels, and manuals regarding his latest hobbies, including putting together automobile engines, making ham radios, studying celestial navigation, advanced calculus, studying for a captain's license and pilot's license, or family genealogy research. He enjoyed studying foreign languages including Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, French, and Spanish. He also loved cooking and socializing with dear friends.
Contributions may be made in honor of Irving's beautiful spirit and in gratitude for his having been a part of our lives to The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, American Cancer Society, and or Tidewell Hospice of Sarasota. Irving was the quintessential father and grandfather and will remain so in our souls forever.

Published in Herald Tribune from July 21 to July 22, 2013
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