CLIFF VERNICK MD

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CLIFF VERNICK, MD Clifford George Vernick, M.D., 84, loving husband of Joan Vernick, passed away on February 12 quietly at home in Santa Fe, NM. Dr. Vernick was born and raised in Boston, MA and was the son of the late Elizabeth and Victor Vernick. He graduated Boston Latin School, and earned his A.B. Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Vernick practiced orthopedic surgery for eight years in the US Army, including assignments in Tokyo, Japan, San Antonio, TX and Valley Forge, PA, and attained the rank of Major. Upon completing his military service, Dr. Vernick moved to Allentown, PA, where he practiced his specialty for more than 30 years, and where he founded Orthopedic Associates of Allentown. Dr. Vernick served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and President of the Medical Staff at the Allentown and Lehigh Valley Hospitals, and as President of the Lehigh County Medical Society. Dr. Vernick was a founding member of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Society of Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in bringing the concept of free-standing ambulatory care to Allentown through the establishment of the Fairgrounds Surgical Center, where he held the position of Medical Director. He also served as a non-executive member to the American Orthopedic Foot Society, the Eastern Orthopedic Association and the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society. Upon retirement in 1995, Dr. Vernick moved with his wife to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he became very involved with the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and continued on as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hospital. During his tenure as Chairman, Dr. Vernick worked with the Board to make sure that the Hospital would affiliate with another organization, CHRISTUS Healthcare, proudly ensuring continued quality health care services for the citizens of Santa Fe and north central New Mexico. In his spare time, Dr. Vernick served as President of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, was a major investor in the Pennsylvania Stoners soccer team, was President of the Santa Fe Concert Association, and loved to travel, collect art and listen to music. Dr. Vernick will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, for his generosity and for his wicked sense of humor. In addition to Joan, his loving wife of 42 years, he leaves behind his daughter Pamela Deutsch and her husband Michael Faibisch of Har Adar, Israel; son Scott Vernick and his fianc�e Liz Cohen, of Philadelphia, PA; stepchildren Lori Goodman, Kim and Don Reiter, and BA Goodman; as well as five grandchildren, Kate, Avi, Emily and Shai Deutsch of Israel, and Victor Vernick of Philadelphia; and two step-grandchildren, Charles and Alan Reiter. Dr. Vernick is also survived by his two sisters, Muriel Edelson of Las Vegas, NV and Phyliss Collier of San Miguel, Mexico. A celebration of Dr. Vernick's life will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dr. Vernick's name to of choice, or St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, 455 St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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