KARLIN--Dr. David B., 85, passed away in New York City on May 10, 2014. He was a devoted husband to Adrienne Roaman, loving father to Linda (deceased) and Diane and adoring grandfather to Winston. He was a prominent board certified ophthalmic surgeon in private practice in New York City and dedicated clinical researcher for over 55 years. He was a tennis player and avid reader who loved history. As an active and longtime member of Temple Emanu-El, he served as an usher for 55 years and was a member and supporter of the Men's Club. He earned his A.B. from Columbia College in 1950 and his M.D. in 1954 from New York Medical College. There after he proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was a Clinical Fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of the Harvard Medical School. He was awarded his M.Sc. (Ophth.) by the New York University School of Medicine in 1962. Dr. Karlin was awarded grants by the National Institute of Health, the National Eye Institute and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He collaborated with physicists at Bell Laboratory to develop the carbon dioxide laser and was awarded a patent in April of 1986. He was an Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending Ophthalmic Surgeon at the New York Hospital. He was Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the New York University School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was also Attending Ophthalmic Surgeon and Chief of Retina Clinic II at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Karlin was the lead author in over 40 articles, completed two books and has written chapters in many ophthalmology books. He presented his work at national and international conferences. The family will hold a reception at the Harmonie Club (4 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 4 to 7pm in honor of Dr. Karlin.
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Published in The New York Times on May 13, 2014