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Julian Jacobs, MD FACP died February 10, 2013, following a lifelong residence in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Jacobs was born, according to family myth, in an elevator at Georgia Baptist Hospital November 5, 1932 to Esther and Joseph Jacobs. He was one of three boys and was named after his grandmother Julia Ann. His two brothers were athletically talented, while Julian was considered the nerd of the family. Until 1950, he was known as Cookie rather than Julian. He attended Samuel Inman Grammar School, O'keefe Junior High and graduated Grady High School in 1950. He received a BA in Psychology from Cornell University and was President of the pre-med society AED and the Cornell chapter of the AEPi fraternity. He graduated 4th in his class at Emory University School of Medicine in 1958 where he was considered an "underachiever" by Dr. Evangaline Papageorge, whose assessment was not infrequently pointed out to him by Dr. Willis Hurst. During his sophomore year of Medical School, Julian and his friend Jim Shelburne fought to have race and religion quotas eliminated. This brought them a social circle, consisting of each other and a few other class members, usually older, for the duration of their medical school education. Dr. Jacobs then pursued post graduate training in internal medicine at Tufts Medical School in Boston and returned to Atlanta to Emory for a fellowship in Hematology with the American Cancer Society, under Benjamin Gendel. Post graduate clinical training was interrupted by two years of military service in Verdun, France US Army Medical Corps as Captain USAREUR. Julian joined the faculty of medicine at Emory in early 1960 and was chief of Hematology Oncology at the VA Medical Center in Decatur, GA from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1994. During Dr. Jacobs sophomore year of medical school, he married Norma Claire Glazer, the daughter of Sol and Minnie Glazer of Atlanta. Norma used the money she made teaching piano and jewish music to support their family through the rest of Julian's medical training. Shortly after Norma's untimely death in 1992, Julian retired from teaching and patient care as emeritus professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology. He then became medical director of Peachtree Hospice for several years. Julian's interests included photography, modern Hebrew as a spoken language, collecting different embroidered headcovers of the Jewish people (kippot/yarmulkes), pocket watches and bow ties. He was a lifelong supporter of the Jewish Independent State of Israel. He lived and worked for a year in Israel as the first physician in the development town of Arad. Julian is survived by two children Sol and Lenore, and his seven grandchildren whom he describes as "the diamonds in his crown." He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Karen Nowicki, his son-in-law, Ilan Fogel. He considered both of them his own children.Julian married Eleanor Rosin in 1996 who offered support and encouragement during his September years. He is grateful to her for this. Julian's life was enriched by his personal and professional relationships in medicine, too many to mention. He hopes those not mentioned will understand. He took special note of Joseph Hardison and PR Sarma, both of whom were close colleagues at the VA Medical Center and Emory Medical School, and cherished them as both colleagues and friends. Rabbi R S IChay and Jim and Jacqueline Shelbune remained close friends throughout his lifetime. Norma's cousins Rachel and Joe Glazer and their children played a major role in his life, as well as Norma's cousins from Kibbutz Yavneh, whom enriched his understanding and appreciation of what it means to be committed to the Jewish people, land, and values. He remained close to his sister-in-law, Kitty Jacobs, throughout his life as well. Julian said a number of times that the closest he could come to realizing his medical philosophy was to deliver high quality medical care to his patients at the VA Medical Center and Grady Hospital. He hoped that one day everyone would have access to affordable medical care. He did not suffer fools lightly, and believed that people are obligated to use their talents to help themselves and others as much as possible. In his golden years, Julian often said that everything considered, he was satisfied that in his short visit on this earth, he contributed his best efforts to make the world a more fair place to live. An online guestbook is available at www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Friends of Yaakov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies, 77 W. Washington St. Ste. 1910, Chicago, IL 60602 or Soroka Medical Center Breast Cancer Center c/o Dr. Michael Koritz, www.soroka.org. Rabbi Michael Berger and Rabbi Hayyim Kassorla will officiate the 2:30 PM graveside at Greenwood Cemetery, TODAY, Monday, February 11, 2013. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Feb. 11, 2013