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Nathan Rickoff

Nathan Rickoff was born on March 15, 1928, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. After attending the University of Scranton, and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, he graduated in 1948 as valedictorian of his class at the age of 20. Following his residency program he married Greta Gordon of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He began practicing Podiatry in Pensacola in 1949 and continued his trademark dedication to his patients until his death on Sunday, July 27.

Nat was an active member of Kiwanis. He was a charter member of Scenic Hills Country Club where he played golf until the day preceding his death. Nat was a lifelong member of Temple Beth El and B'nai Israel Synagogue. He was proud to be a knight in the 1957 Court of DeLuna, and was a member of Pensacola Navy League. He was honored to be a member of Escambia Lodge No. 15, Scottish Rite, and was a Shriner. He was also an avid member of the Pensacola Sports Association.

Nat was president of the Northwest Florida Component Podiatric Medical Association for many years. His professional affiliations included the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics as a Diplomat.

Nat never met a stranger and was known in the community as a humanitarian with a love of telling jokes. Nothing was more important to Nat than his family who always marveled at his colorful wardrobe familiar to all those who knew him. He was most proud of having never missed a day of work due to illness.

He is survived by his devoted and cherished wife of almost 65 years, Greta Rickoff. He is also survived by sons Scott (Faye), Michael (Jamie), Bruce (Olga), and Ricky (Michelle), as well as thirteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is survived by his beloved sister Ruth Justan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nat was preceded in death by his parents Polly and Harry Rickoff, and his brother William Rickoff.

Nat regarded family, work, and the city of Pensacola as the pillars of his life. He would have chosen no other place to live, work, and raise his family. Nat and Greta enjoyed worldwide travel and especially enjoyed planning family reunions in many beautiful locales.

Services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 4 o'clock, at Temple Beth El, 800 N. Palafox Street, with Rabbi Joel Fleekop officiating. Interment will follow at Temple Beth El Cemetery. Pallbearers for Nat will include all of his grandsons.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 30, 2014
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