DELAWARE - Dr. Charles Brailove Reiner, M.D., 93, of Delaware died Thursday, March 6, 2014 after a brief illness and a valiant battle to return to restored health.
Born in Ellenville, New York, to Louis and Bertha (Brailove) Reiner on Dec. 3, 1920, he had been a resident of Delaware for the past 48 years.
After the death of his father when he was 13, Charles, his mother and sister moved to the Philadelphia, Pa., area. As was his nature to be always helpful and ever humble, Charles was an excellent student while holding down various jobs to help support his mother and sister. Upon his high school graduation where he finished at the top of his graduating class, Dr. Reiner earned various scholarships and worked numerous jobs such as at a dairy farm and also delivering ice cream on a bicycle in the Philadelphia neighborhoods to pay for his education and assist in his sister's college and law school education. Reiner entered Temple University's Medical School to earn his Bachelor's degree in pre-med.
Dr. Reiner graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1942 and was accepted immediately into the U.S. Army where he served in the Medical Corps in Texas while studying in their accelerated Medical School program to earn his doctorate in medicine during WWII in two years. With the war's end in 1945, Dr. Reiner was honorably discharged and then continued his education being accepted once again at Temple University Hospital to complete his residency in pediatrics. Upon completion in 1947 Reiner then did a second residency at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital in internal medicine. Dr. Reiner returned to do his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in the newly adopted pediatric anatomy and pathology program to become one of the first 15 pediatric pathologists in the United States. While there he also worked at then St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia and met the love of his life, Elaine Mayson whom he married on June 22, 1951, and survives him. They left for their honeymoon to go to Chicago where Dr. Reiner, ever a student at heart, did another residency at the University of Chicago. When completed, Dr. and Mrs. Reiner moved back to Philadelphia and opened his private practice as a pediatrician.
Five years later he made the decision to move to Long Island, New York, when he was accepted at the University of New York at Brooklyn to further his studies in pathology. They moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 1959 with their then two children when Dr. Reiner was asked to work at Columbus Children's Hospital in a newly formed pediatric and anatomical pathology department. It was here where Dr. Reiner began work to study and do research in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which became his passion.
He rose to the title of Chief of Pediatric Anatomical Pathology. While working at Children's Hospital, Dr. Reiner taught as a professor at The Ohio State University. Throughout his over 40-year career with Children's Hospital, Dr. Reiner published many articles in numerous medical journals on his various research. He was used in many court cases as an expert witness in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome cases throughout the United States and assisted in founding the Columbus Area Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Parents Support Group. Dr. Reiner was asked and went to Washington, D.C., to give his expert opinion in early 1963 regarding the determination of death of Patrick Bovier Kennedy, infant son of the late President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Reiner was dedicated to serving the public and led a distinguished career. He served on various medical committees in the Central Ohio area, even at age 93 with the Morbidity and Mortality Committees and Death Review. Throughout his career he championed for the public in serving. Dr. Reiner served on the Olentangy School Board as a member for over 12 years from 1973 through 1985. Reiner continued to serve to assist the Olentangy Local Schools on various committees and was noted for his work on the Olentangy local Schools Development Committee from 1996 through 2013. Dr. Reiner was a member of the board for the Delaware General Health District Board of Health from 1986 and until retiring in 2013. He was instrumental in seeing that Delaware City water received fluoridation and ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco to those under 18 years of age. He worked tirelessly to ban corporal punishment of children in schools in Ohio. Along with his wife he served as a volunteer and founder of the Meals on Wheels of Delaware City from 1972 through 2004 and the Delaware County Dollars for Scholars Committee from 1974 through 2006. He was a volunteer with the Council for Older Adults in their Meals on Wheels Program.
Dr. Reiner garnered many awards throughout his life. He received the Delaware County Olentangy local Schools Excellent Service to Schools Award for his dedication to children's education. Dr. Reiner received the Ohio Public Health Association Citizen Award in May of 1997. He was cited for outstanding contributions of volunteerism to the Council for Older Adults as well an award given by U.S President George W. Bush for the hours of volunteerism along with his wife. He was given an award by the Ohio House for being a leader in banning corporal punishment in children for more Effective School Discipline. He and Mrs. Reiner were awarded for their being members of the Legacy Society with the Columbus Foundation as well as founding members of the Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Dr. and Mrs. Reiner received the Delaware Red Cross Chapter Senior Volunteers Award in 2004. H was an emeritus member of the Central Ohio Pediatric Society and member of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Retirees Group. He received a National Board of Health Award for service in promoting good public to the citizens in the United States. Nationwide Children's Hospital presented him with the Career Contribution Award for his dedication to Pediatric Anatomic and Pathological Studies in 2003. He was also cited for his work in establishing better health care to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. He supported financially every humanitarian cause that made a request of him.
As distinguished as Dr. Reiner was, he would tell you that his greatest accomplishments were those as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be sorely missed for his love, wit, humor and endless dedication to his family, wife Elaine, son Alan Louis (Beverly Conners) Reiner of Delaware, daughters, Janet Lynn Reiner of Delaware and Barbara Reiner of Flagstaff, Ariz. He had three granddaughters, Kerry (Zachary) Cantrell of Powell, and Raven and Cheyanna Manygoats of Flagstaff, Ariz. He is survived by his two great grandchildren, Alexis and Kaleb Cantrell, a brother-in-law, Richard Marsh of Pennsylvania, a sister-in-law, Cathy Mayson of Pennsylvania, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dr. Reiner was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Helen C. Reiner and Gladys Reiner (as an infant from polio).
To sum a wonderful and giving life of this very humble servant, Winston Churchill once said, "What is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?"
Gifts in Dr. Reiner's memory may be made to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Seasons for Healing or to the Nationwide Children's\Hospital in Columbus, at 655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Robinson Funeral Home. VFW #3297 conducted military honors. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.