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Dr. Simon Pierre Zeitlin of San Antonio passed away August 28, 2012, at the age of 99. Born March 24, 1913, on a train in Latvia to French parents, Bernard Pierre and Rachel Zeitlin, he grew up in Charleville, Alsace-Lorraine, France. He began medical school at the University of Paris, then served in the Medical Corps of the French Army during World War II until he was captured by German soldiers and spent time in a prisoner of war camp in Spain. He managed to escape, and walked over the Pyrenees Mountains from Spain to France. He was able to complete his medical studies in France at the University of Montpellier and received his M.D. in 1942. He came to the United States that same year, and received his license to practice medicine in New York in 1945. He also practiced medicine in West Virginia and Maryland. He then moved to San Antonio where he became a U.S. citizen and was a resident physician at the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital. Dr. Zeitlin opened a medical practice at 6500 S. Flores St. in the late 1940s. He was past-president of the Bexar County Medical Society and had hospital privileges at the Baptist Medical Center. He retired in 1996. He is survived by his son's family, Dr. Michael P. Zeitlin, Cheryl Zeitlin and their son, Lucas, and by his daughter's family, Paulette J. Mallard and her sons, James and Paul, whose father was the late Jim Mallard, all of San Antonio, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends, and four-legged friends, too. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest Drive.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 4, 2012