1927 - 2012
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WEISS, Charles Morris, April 12, 1927-December 30, 2012. It is said that one's life is not judged only by its length but also by its span. As Charles said: "[he]had a very good run." Except for the last three months tarnished by serious illness, he enjoyed extraordinary good health throughout his eighty five years of life. By virtue of his dynamic and life-loving character, his proclivity for hard work, his indefatigable optimism, his laser-sharp concentration, his high intelligence, and his multifaceted talents, the span of his life was very rich and extensive, enabling him to help and touch many lives across the globe. Charles was born and raised in Brooklyn, and lived most of his adult life in Manhattan, a city which he loved. He worked from a very young age and continued until he was eighty two. He joined the army as a tank instructor at the end of World War II and worked his way through college and dental school, in part by busing tables at Grossinger's.
He attended Penn State University and graduated from the NYU College of Dentistry. He built an international dental practice and was an early inventor of dental implants while facing the enshrined dogma that dental implants were ludicrous fantasies. For many years, he taught practice management at the NYU School of Dentistry. Holding dozens of patents, including patents for dental x-ray machines and dental units, he founded a company that produced his innovations in dental implantology. He authored innumerable articles in dentistry and with his son Adam Weiss, wrote the definitive textbook on dental implantology entitled Principles and Practice of Implant Dentistry. He taught dental implantology around the world and gave one of his early courses in Egypt at a time when Jews did not dare to travel to the Arab world and combated his peers' concerted efforts in preventing him from sharing his knowledge and expertise.
He generously and eagerly shared his passion with generations of young dentists, some of whom practiced with him in his Tower Dental Suite at the top of the Chrysler Building. He was a loving father to his four children, Joanne, Catherine, Caroline, and Adam, a generous grandfather to his nine grandchildren, and a caring brother to his sister Marion Tally. He lovingly gushed over his adoring wife of more than nine years, Roya Moghadassi-Weiss. Charles loved his family, straight talk, politics, crass jokes, world travel, art, Italian suits, the Chrysler Building, and fine food. Zabar's will miss him. A memorial service will be held on January 13, 2013, 1pm, Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue, (81st) NY. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Lucile Packard's Children Hospital, by visiting http://bit.ly/TBEqzu
Published on NYTimes.com from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013