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GEETTER, M.D., Philip H.
Philip Henry Geetter, M.D., 68, popular ophthalmologist and surgeon, of Pipersville, PA, died peacefully in his sleep from acute heart failure on Sunday, (August 12, 2012), while vacationing with his wife in The Hamptons. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Helene (Rau) Geetter for 42 years. Philip was born in Hartford, CT, the eldest child of Nathan Geetter and the late Lillian (Rosenfield) Geetter. Married in 1970, Philip and Helene would raise their children in Bucks County, PA. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Philip completed his medical internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, returning to Jefferson for his ophthalmological residency. In June 1974 Philip founded Bucks Mont Eye Associates in Sellersville. He was also active on the medical staff of Grand View Hospital, Sellersville; St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. Board certified in ophthalmology, he was a Fellow of both the American and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Implant Society. Dr. Geetter had also served as past president of the Grand View Hospital medical staff. He was also President of the Inter-County Ophthalmic Society, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and an honorary member of the Wills Eye Society. Dr. Geetter was a caring, compassionate, and understanding physician. In the almost forty years he served his community, he not only delivered ophthalmic care but also made friends, gave comfort, and earned a place in everyone's heart. His connection with his patients was forged from a combination of his passion for practicing medicine, mixed with his delight in meeting new people and learning from them. Few things made him as happy as a new story, perspective, or idea. He carried his insatiable curiosity through all aspects of his life and let it lead him wherever it would. He was revered in his community not only for his service to his patients but also for his fun-loving personality and expansive sense of humor. No one lived life quite the way Philip managed to do. He desired nothing more than to learn, explore, and constantly experience not only the finer things in life but also the odd, unusual, and unexpected things as well. He shared his love of travel with his family, taking his children and grandchildren on special excursions every year. Philip loved spending time in his garden, going fishing with his family, traveling to exotic locations, chasing hurricanes and relaxing in his hammock. Philip had a knack for finding the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure, and his playful sense of humor was woven through it all. He never hesitated to crack a joke, delighting in clever riddles and funny stories. When we think of Philip, we will remember him with a smile on his face. A man of multiple visions in more ways than one, Philip will be missed by family, friends, and the countless patients he cared for over the years. In addition to his wife, Philip is survived by his four children: Erik Geetter and his wife, Donna; Todd Geetter; Chad Geetter; Courtney Rowe and her husband, Dan; three grandchildren: Audrey, Zachary and Troy Geetter; his father, Nathan Geetter; a sister, Diane Zucker; nephews, David Zucker and his wife, Anissa; Joshua Zucker and his wife, Anne; grand-nieces, Isadora and Lillian Zucker; and his two dogs, "Gracie" and "Carly."
A local memorial service will be held at a future date. To honor Dr. Geetter's love of, and service to, Grand View Hospital, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Grand View Health Foundation, P.O. Box 902, Sellersville, PA 18960. Family, friends and colleagues are invited to share memories of Philip on the Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home website at www.steeleyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 19, 2012
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