LAURA J. MIRKINSON

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MIRKINSON--Laura Jean, MD, FAAP, March 12, 1953 - April 29, 2013 of Larchmont, NY, after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. Daughter of the late Natalie (Klein) Mirkinson and the late Arthur E. Mirkinson, MD, beloved wife for 33 years of Richard Rosen and adored mother of Rebecca Mirkinson Rosen and Hannah Mirkinson Rosen. Cherished sister of Susan Mirkinson, MD (Dan Dobkin) and Judith Mirkinson (Robert Roth), sister-in-law of Rona Rosen (Mark Cohen) and Michelle Glazier(Bradford), daughter-in-law of Martin and Jeanne Rosen. A beloved aunt to Avi, Mara, Zoe, Ona, Gemma, Jack, Max, Elissa, Rachel and Jenna. A devoted friend and valued colleague to many. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Roslyn, NY, Laura was active in the Art Students League while at Roslyn High School. She attended the University of Michigan and the University of Rochester, completing an MSc at NYU School of Dental Medicine and her MD from the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1983, graduating with the rank of Lieutenant in the US Navy. She did her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Laura also developed a keen interest in Pediatric Rheumatology, and treated juvenile rheumatology patients at Bethesda and Children's Hospital. She served as an active duty medical officer at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and retired with the rank of Captain in the US Naval Medical Corps Reserves in 2000. Following her career in the Navy and one year at Kaiser Permanente, she joined the staff of Children's Hospital of Washington, D.C. She served as part of Children's hospitalist group based at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD, where she resided for 27 years until moving back to New York. In 2007, she became Chief of Pediatrics at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, NY. She was also active in the American Academy of Pediatrics Hospitalist Section, serving as director of education and later as Chairperson. In addition to being an avid gardener, she maintained a lifelong connection to art and drawing, as well as being an accomplished quilter. Her softspoken demeanor belied an inner strength and clear-eyed ability to analyze issues and problems, which combined to make her a disciplined, focused clinician and administrator. She always got right to the heart of any issue or problem, and earned a reputation for sound judgement, valued advice and energetic implementation of new ideas and procedures. She loved working with children and their families, combining empathy and a straightforward communication style with a mastery of clinical information and procedures. She was also a great mentor and teacher, and many of her colleagues have said that she was both a professional and personal role model, seeming to effortlessly be a great wife and mother while being a respected physician. Though an administrator the last years six of her life, she often filled in on the wards for vacationing colleagues and maintained all of her patient care skills. Most of all, she adored her family, which was the centerpiece of her life and a constant source of her strength and happiness. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at 1pm at Gutterman's, 8000 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11791. Shiva will be at 30 Pine Ridge Road, Larchmont, NY 10538 on Thursday and Friday from 3-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Jane Weyl Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 633 Third Avenue 28th Floor New York, NY 10017, Blythedale Children's Hospital Development Office, 95 Bradhurst Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, Jane MacDonald Chief Development Officer (914) 831-2544 jane.macdonald@ blythedale.org. Or to the Calvary Fund www.CalvaryHospital.org

Published in The New York Times on May 1, 2013
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