JACOBS--Dr. Martin G. Dr. Martin G. Jacobs, a nephrologist and pioneer in the field of dialysis and kidney transplantation, died Sunday at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. He was 83. A generous and loving husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Jacobs, fondly known as "Dr. J," deeply touched countless lives during his five decades healing the sick, as a mentor to young medical trainees and as an advisor to scores of renal and organ transplant associations. Along with a group of colleagues, Dr. Jacobs carried out the first kidney transplant in New Jersey in 1967. In the decades that followed, he helped transform an experimental intervention into a life-saving procedure with a 90 percent success rate. The renal program he led at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston was one of the nation's most active, with more than 2,000 transplants performed under his guidance. In 2001, the hospital established a transplant institute that bears his name. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Barbara, who was his best friend and co-pilot on a nonstop journey through the museums, art house cinemas and off-Broadway theaters of Manhattan. In addition to six grandchildren, he leaves behind three children: Wendy, a County Commissioner in Durham, NC, Ellen, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist, and Andrew, a New York Times reporter. He is predeceased by his sister, Marcia Meyerowitz. Services on Wednesday, February 13, 1:30pm. Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston, NJ.
Published in The New York Times on Feb. 13, 2013