1922 - 2013
Dr. Norman Dinhofer, Diagnostic Radiologist Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Art Collector, and Humanitarian, dies at 91
Dr. Norman Dinhofer passed away on October 22, 2013 from complications due to a fall at the age of 91. Norman was a physician, a scientist, an entrepreneur, and a political and civil rights activist.
Born of immigrant parents from Romania, Norman learned the value of hard, disciplined work. He became a diamond cutter at the age of 13. At 15, he designed and set up the diamond-cutting arm of Dinhofer Brothers, his family¹s jewelry and watch company. Forsaking the business, he decided to become a doctor. Only 23, he graduated from Tulane
University Medical School on VJ Day as both a physician and a Naval officer. Norman loved the science of medicine, and became an eminent diagnostic radiologist, settling in Brooklyn, NY. After both experiencing discrimination and witnessing racism in the South, he became instrumental in organizing the first integrated HIP doctor's cooperative in Brooklyn, in the early 1950s. Norman was one of the first Radiologists to offer radiology services outside of the hospital setting. A shrewd business man, at one time in his career, he managed 10 radiology offices. He was one of the first doctors to sign on to Medicaid as he saw it as his responsibility to offer comparable services to the poor or wealthy. Always on the technological cutting edge of his chosen field, Norman had Brooklyn's first CT scanner and MRI in private practice. He taught radiology to residents at SUNY-Downstate and taught seasoned radiologists how to read CT scans since he was an pioneer providing CT scanning in private practice. He remained in practice till the age of 78. A man of great curiosity, he loved traveling the world, viewing and collecting art, going to the Ballet, and reading science fiction.
In 1950 he married Shelly Mehlman. Their marriage was a true partnership, a love story that spanned 63 years. Together in life, they were also together in death, passing away only 9 days apart.
Norman is survived by his children, Lisa Beth, Peter Ben, and David Steven,
And his grandchildren Max, Chelsea, Elka, and Sarah.
He is missed every day.