ORZAC--Edward S. M.D, M.A., 95 years, died at home on December 9, 2012. He received his MD from the University of Virginia, a BA from Adelphi University and MA from St. John‘s University. He served as a major in the U.S. Army during WWII and received a Bronze Star and other decorations. Dr. Orzac was a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and practiced until he was 83. Dr. Orzac was a Founder of Franklin Medical Center in Valley Stream, NY and the donor of the Orzac Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation at Franklin Medical Center. He was an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at SUNY and Kasturba Medical School in Manipal, India, and other universities. He worked in India for several months a year for over twenty years and also volunteered with Medico in Afghanistan in the early 1970's. He was the author of two books. He was the son of the late Gertrude Wachtler Cohen and his late stepfather, Charles Cohen; the husband of Beatrice F. Orzac; the brother of the late Sidney W. Orzack; the father of: Caroline O. Shoenberger (Allen), Virgina O. Secemsky (Sol), and Elizabeth O. Yelen; the godfather of Manjeet Kripilani; the grandfather of: Gina Secemsky; Eric Secemsky (Neelam); Brian Secemsky; Elisa Shoenberger; Dana Ladani (Ofer); Tracey Yelen, and James Yelen and their father Arie Yelen; Uncle to Sandra Berman and Great Uncle to Meredith (Curvin) Lovejoy; and the great-grandfather of Adam Ladani. Memorial Services will be held at 10am on December 11, 2012 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel in Hewlett, NY. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, to be sent to the Orzac Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation 900 Franklin Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 11, 2012