Sheldon Martin Biback|
Sheldon (Shelly) Martin Biback passed away on June 27, 2013 in his home at the age of 87. Sheldon had a full productive and satisfying life blessed with enormous love, pride, and affection for his family. He valued ethical living, education, and Jewish traditions.
Sheldon is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Reva Rose Levy of Niagara Falls, NY., sister Phyllis Spivak (Manny) of Toronto, Canada, 3 children Cheryl Piha (Josef) of Seattle, WA, Greta Biback-Ballard (Thomas) of Portland, OR, Deborah Biback-Williams (Bruce) of Snohomish, WA, 5 grandchildren; Rebecca Piha (Paul Amato), Sarah Piha, Raphael Ballard, Ariel Biback, and Ariana Ballard and 2 great-grandsons Avram and Jake Amato. His sister Beverley Colman-Lokash passed away in 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
He had a lifelong interest in travel and visited all the continents including both the North and South Poles. His frequent visits to England and France were among his favorite destinations. Sheldon was a consummate linguist, fluent in French, Russian, Spanish, and Greek.
A polymath with a lifelong interest in history, politics, astronomy, mycology, flying, skiing, fishing, sailing, photography, gardening and wine making. He was an prodigious reader with a collection exceeding 3,000 books. He was a passionate Huskies fan who held football season tickets for over 40 years.
Sheldon was a supporter of the Arts; Seattle Symphony, Seattle Rep., Intiman, Seattle Opera, Ballet, and Chamber music. He was a patron of the Zoo, Aquarium, Pacific Science Center, Weitzman Institute, Holocaust Museum.
During the Korean war, Sheldon served as a Chief of OB for two years at Fort Lawton Hospital in Seattle before opening his private practice in 1956. During his 50 plus years as a practicing OBGYN, he served as Chief of OB staff at Doctors, Northwest, Virginia Mason, and Swedish Hospitals. When asked once how many babies he delivered, he replied, "I stopped counting at 10,000". He was also an excellent surgeon. After retiring, he served for 5 years as Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Washington State. Sheldon was a strong proponent of women's rights and worked tirelessly in support of progressive legislation.
In addition Sheldon was also a Mohel, circumcising and blessing hundreds of boys.
He had an optimistic spirit, enthusiasm for life, learning and was sensitive to nature and most importantly cherished the beauty of all life. He will be missed by his family, colleagues, and many, many friends.
The funeral service and memorial will be held on
Sunday June 30th at 1:00pm. at:
Bikur Cholim Cemetery
1340 N. 115th ST.
Seattle, WA 98133
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheldon's memory can be made to Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org or
Published in The Seattle Times from June 28 to June 29, 2013