Rotbart, Maurice |
February 20, 1927 - December 12, 2009
Born in Ontario, Canada. The family immigrated to the United States when Maurice was an infant.
The first job Maurice held was as newspaper boy at 8 years old. The doctors in the emergency room of the hospital on his route befriended the boy with insatiable curiosity, allowing him to watch many procedures and answering his unending questions. Maurice often said that he decided to become a doctor at this very point in his young life.
Maurice graduated from Marshall High School in Los Angeles, CA. He then served two years in the U.S. Army where he earned his marksman badge. He recieved his BA from U.C.L.A. and earned his doctorate of medicine in 1954 from U.C.S.F. School of Medicine. His medical internship and residency were completed at Long Beach Veterans Hospital and U.C.L.A. Harbor General Hospital.
After opening his private practice Torrance, CA. he obtained board certification in 1958 in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology . Dr. Rotbart was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. He was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Immunology at UCLA from 1984 - 1995. He retired from private practice in 1996.
Maurice was an avid scuba diver, snow ski enthusiast and life long tennis player.
The Rotbart family resided in Rolling Hills Estates, CA.
He leaves behind his wife of 57 years Joanne, daughter Lisa Dunnam, sons Greg and Charles Rotbart, and granddaughters Aria and Brynn Rotbart, brother David Rotbart.
A memorial service is tentatively planned for February 2010.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to:
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
300 W. Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Attn: Cancer Research Fund
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2009