Michael D. Gellman M.D.

Michael D. Gellman, MD

Elsewhere - Michael Daniel Gellman, MD, 69, of Williamsburg, died Friday, May 30, 2014 with his family at his side. He was a native of Patterson, New Jersey and was the son of the late William B. Gellman, M.D. and Grace Darling Gellman. He was preceded in death by his daughter Marcy Belinda Michaels.

Dr. Gellman graduated from Northrup Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1967. Immediately following, he became a Naval Aviator, flying both the A-4 and the A-6 Intruder. He made over 400 landings on the storied USS Forrestal and the USS Kitty Hawk, including 175 combat missions. Among his many honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Viet Nam Medal of Valor. Following his service, Dr. Gellman undertook a second degree at Rutgers University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. Pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Gellman received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1980 from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. His internship was at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Charleston, SC and his residency at Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center. Attaining the rank of Captain, Dr. Gellman was honorably discharged from Active Duty and transitioned to the Naval Reserve from which he retired in 1999. In 1985 he went into private practice becoming one of the original members of Chesapeake Anesthesiologists, Inc. After almost 30 years, Dr. Gellman retired this past January.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Laurie Ann Gellman of Williamsburg, his daughter, Julia Ann Thibault and her husband Ryan of Sterling, VA., his sons; Michael Daniel Gellman II of Washington, D.C., and Jonathan Thomas Gellman, M.D. and his wife Polly of Norfolk . He is also survived by his sister Martha Louise Braff and her husband Steve Braff, M.D. of Burlington, Vermont and his brother Alex Charles Gellman, M.D. and his wife Donna of Rockaway, New Jersey and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held in the Norfolk chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1501 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA, June 14th at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends in the funeral home following the service until 3:00 PM. Interment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com.

Funeral Home

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments
1501 Colonial Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517
(757) 622-7353

Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 8, 2014