Gerard M. Lehrer
May 29, 1927 ~ April 12, 2013
CARMEL – Gerard Lehrer, known as Jerry to his friends and colleagues, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, after a sudden illness. Born May 29, 1927, in Vienna, Austria, son of Charlotte and David Lehrer, he emigrated to New York City with his mother, when he was 11 years old.
A Renaissance man, Jerry was a passionate lover of the arts – classical music, the ballet, and the opera. He practiced performance poetry, directed and performed in theater beginning at City College of New York and soldier shows in the U.S. Special Forces in Austria. On the Peninsula, he performed at the Unicorn and Forest Theaters.
He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Macahilig Lehrer; his children, Richard and Alicia Lehrer; and five grandchildren, Max, Harry, Francesca Binder and Nathaniel and Jonathan Lehrer.
A scientist, Director of the Division of Neurochemistry and Neuroscience training program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, Jerry pioneered research in multiple sclerosis, demyelinating disease, and experimental autoimmune encephalitis. A dedicated physician, beginning practice in 1960 at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was Attending Neurologist, also Co-Director of the Headache Clinic.
Formerly Senior Staff Neurologist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bronx, NY, not fully retired after relocation to Carmel in 1994, the Palo Alto VA requested Dr. Lehrer's services at the Livermore, San Jose, then Monterey clinics. Fully "retired" in 1998, he began treatment of MS patients on the Peninsula.
Jerry was an extremely caring individual, loved by all who met him. He considered himself a "citizen of the world." His many interests included sailing in Maine and the Caribbean, poetry, Goethe, philosophy, the Bible, comparative religion, computer science, electronic gadgets, marzipan, biscotti, and cookies. He was a bargain shopper extraordinaire.
A past member of committees at the National Institute of Health, the Advisory Board of National MS Society New York City, and Board of Directors, Hunger Project, Jerry was a strong supporter of community service. He was on the Board of Monterey Chamber Music Workshop, Piano Institute, Berkeley, and co-founder of the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project, Monterey, Director Emeritus.
A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of City College of New York, New York University
Medical School, Jerry completed residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine under Morris Bender, becoming one of the youngest full Professors on faculty. A senior Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American Neurological Association, a founding member of the International Society of Neurochemistry, he authored more than 150 original articles and book chapters on clinical neurology and demyelinating disease.