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Dr. Franz C. von Lichtenberg

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Dr. Franz C. von Lichtenberg Obituary
Franz von Lichtenberg M.D., 92, of Brookline, Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Medical School, passed peacefully with his children around him on September 16. He was 92 years old. Born in Miskolc, Hungary, Dr. von Lichtenberg lived his youth in Berlin, Vienna, and Budapest, before emigrating to Mexico City, where he earned his medical degree. It was in Mexico that he met and married Sandra Miriam Nathanson, his wife of 59 years. The happy couple started a family which ultimately grew to 6 children, while living in Mexico, New York City, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. It was on the Isla del Encanto in 1958 that Dr. von Lichtenberg was discovered and recruited to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. Franz and Sandy moved their family to Brookline that year and became valued members within the town's educational, musical and political organizations. Over the next 54 years Dr. von Lichtenberg rose through the ranks at the hospital and medical school, achieving the status of Senior Pathologist and Professor for his clinical and teaching skills. He became a world renown researcher in the fields of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, chaired national and international medical committees, and edited the Pathology of Infectious Diseases, the definitive text book on the subject. Dr. von Lichtenberg was also known by many as a poet, an avid bicyclist, a play-by-ear pianist, and an accomplished fly fisherman. He is survived by his three sons, Stephen of Brookline, Alexander of Sudbury, and Charles L. of Boston; three daughters, Adriane of Brookline, Paula O'Brien of Randolph, Karen Fernandez of Newton and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 PM, October 13 at the First Parish Unitarian Church of Brookline. Contributions to the Franz von Lichtenberg Fellowship In Infectious Disease Pathology and Molecular Microbiology in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Pathology may be sent to: Development Office, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116-5742.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Oct. 9 to Oct. 16, 2012
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