GUSTAV J. BECK (1920 - 2014)

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BECK--Gustav J., MD (94), of Foulkeways at Gwynedd, PA, formerly of Tenafly, NJ, died on July 13, 2014. He was the son of Oskar and Helene Beck. Surviving are Rita Levitiss Beck, his wife of nearly 70 years; son, Edward (Esther) Beck: grandchildren, Rishona (Scott) Myers of Abington, PA, Avi (Anat) Beck MD of Harrisburg, PA. Samantha (Rob) Masabny of Holbrook, MA and four great grandchildren, Elle and Michael Beck and Amanda and Sarah Myers. He was predeceased by his son, Andrew P.(Leslie Debrocky Fusfeld) Beck, Ph.D. Born in Vienna, Austria, he and his parents fled the Nazis. He attended City College of New York; graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine. He was a US Army Veteran, serving in the Medical Corps. Specializing in Internal Medicine, Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonology, he served on the faculties of Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons and New York University and on the staffs of Lenox Hill Hospital, St. Clare's Hospital, Goldwater Memorial Hospital and Englewood Hospital. An accomplished medical researcher in pulmonary and respiratory rehabilitation whose research contributed to the development of the pulmonary function machine, aerosol inhalers and other major advances, he was a Fellow of the American Medical Association, American Thoracic Society, American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Association for Clinical Immunology and Allergy, American Geriatric Society and Aerospace Medical Association and served on the boards and committees of numerous national, state and local medical and scientific societies. He also served on setting up the Respiratory Therapy programs at Lenox Hill Hospital and Bergen Community College and was active with the North Jersey Cultural Council and other local community committees. He is the author of his memoirs, "Success By Overcoming Adversity" and "The Adventures of Helene," his mother's memoirs. Retired, he served on many committees and offices at Foulkeways at Gwynedd where he served as chair of the Residents Committee. Gutterman Musicant, Hackensack, NJ are handling funeral services at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Foulkeways at Gwynedd, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd, PA 19436 or .

Published in The New York Times on July 15, 2014
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