Dr. David Meckler

Dr. David Meckler was one of three sons born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Nathan and Sarah Meckler. He excelled in school there and was class valedictorian of his high school graduating class. In 9th grade, inspired by his chemistry teacher, he decided he wanted to become a doctor. After graduation, he began that journey, entering the pre-med program at Penn State College, which soon changed its name to Pennsylvania State University. In his second year there, he met Nancy Silverman, a freshman who 4 years later became known as Mrs. David Meckler. While they were at Penn State, they were both active in the University's debate teams. After 4 years at the University, David graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was off to continue his journey to becoming a doctor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. At that time, you had to sign up for the Barry Plan, which allowed you to finish your education, but with a promise that you would serve 2 years in the armed forces. He then went to Akron, Ohio and completed an Internship program at City Hospital and a residency program at Children's Hospital and was appointed Chief Resident. During that time in Akron, their first son, Robert was born as was their daughter, Kathryn. After Dr. Meckler's residency was over, the family moved to Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Peru, Indiana, later known as Grissom Air Force Base. He served as the only pediatrician to 3,000 children of the Air Force personnel at the base. Capt. Meckler of the 827th Medical Group received a medal for meritorious service as pediatrician and chief outstanding professional competency, conscientious and human relations ability in providing superior medical care for the base. After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, Mr. Meckler and his family moved back to Akron where he joined the staff of the Children's Medical Group of Akron. At that time, the doctors in that group were Drs. Walker, Norman, and King. Dr. Meckler served on the staff of Akron Children's Hospital. Soon after arrival in Akron, their second daughter, Amy, was born and two years later, their second son, Steven, was born. The years went by, and four children grew and seven grandchildren, whom he adored, Tyler, Nathan, Sarah, Ben, Lily, Karli and Griffin were added to the list of significant events. While in Akron, Dr. Meckler served on the board of Temple Israel for 15 years and served as President of Temple Israel from 1981 to 1983 and 1987 to 1988.

Dr. Meckler and Nancy have been married for all these wonderful years enjoying seeing their family grow.

Dr. Meckler retired from Children's Medical group in August of 2005 after 41 years. After his retirement, Dr. Meckler found a new hobby as a gourmet chef. He was an avid reader and a crossword puzzle expert.

In addition to his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, he leaves behind his much loved brother-in-law, Sidney Savage and his wife, Nancy Jean and Douglas Savage (Lisa Gasper) and Debbie Hurtt (Larry Hurtt) who have been a source of love through the years.

Services will be held at Temple Israel, Merriman Road, on Monday, June 24 at 2 p.m. followed by internment at Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends and family will be received at his home on Monday and Tuesday evening from 8 to 10 p.m.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 23, 2013