ALTCHEK--Dr. Albert. Dr. Albert Altchek, 85, passed away on May 2. He was a world-renowned professor and author of textbooks and articles on obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science. He was a founding father of research in the field and Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine attending there for over 50 years. Teaching medicine was the overwhelming passion of his life. He practiced medicine without regard for monetary reward, and often stated that for him the patient's well being was sufficient reward for his labors. He published nearly 200 research papers in various medical journals over his 63 years as a practicing physician. For the last ten years, he served as Editor in Chief, in collaboration with his dear friend and colleague Dr. Liane Deligdisch in authoring seven medical text books. Sweden recognized him as a groundbreaking thought leader in advancing the possibility of uterine transplant. Mexico elected him, in recognition of his groundbreaking research, as the Honorary President of the Mexican Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was a true renaissance man with interests that ran the gamut from pre-Columbian art to music and photography. He was a wealth of knowledge in all areas of history, science and current events, sharing his stories with all his family and friends. He was son of the late Solomon and Blanche Altchek, beloved husband of the late Miriam Altchek, loving brother of Rita Angel, the late Dr. Martin Altchek and Olga Karasik,. Loved as uncle to Nicole Wachter, Spencer Angel, Dr. David Altchek, Dr. Pamela Karasik and David Karasik and great uncle to Michael and Matthew Wachter, Sophia and Joshua Angel, Charles, Christopher, Chloe and Sophie Altchek. Funeral services at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York at 1pm on Wednesday, May 4. Donations to charity of your choice.
Published in The New York Times on May 4, 2011