Merritt E. London, M.D.
AGE: 88 •
Merritt E. London, whose ophthalmology practice was a fixture on Broad Street in Red Bank for almost 60 years died on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Riverview Medical Center at the age of 88. Born in New York City, Dr. London was educated at Queens College and New York School of Engineering and received his M.D. at New York University of Medicine. He served in the US Air Force during World War II as a first lieutenant and base meteorologist at the Air Proving Ground Command in Florida. Dr. London was a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He was past president of the Monmouth County Medical Society, Chief of Ophthalmology at Riverview Hospital and senior attending at Monmouth Medical Center of Practical Ophthalmology in Red Bank for nearly 60 years. Merritt was an avid singles tennis player until age 87. On his 85th birthday, he was feted by his fellow players at Shrewsbury Tennis Center with a custom training suit embroidered with the title "Coach." When he wasn't playing tennis he enjoyed the camaraderie of Riverview hospital staff, where he ate most of his breakfasts and lunches and was a fixture at professional meetings in all medical fields.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Elaine London of Bonita Springs, FL; his niece, Patricia London of New York, NY; his nephew and his wife, Mark London and Dania Fitzgerald of Chevy Chase, MD and their children, Scott, David and Jana London. His loss will be felt by many including devoted friends, Thomas Arnold, Pranav Shah, M.D., Jack Stark, M.D., Steve and Carol Popper, William Himelman, Esq., and John Granahan.
Graveside services will be held at Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport on Friday, May 31st, 9:30 AM followed by a memorial service for Dr. London at Riverview Medical Center Blaisdell Auditorium starting at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Riverview Medical Center Foundation, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on May 28, 2013