JAY GALST
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GALST--Jay M., M.D., 69, beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully after a brave battle with coronavirus. Dr. Galst, born in Milwaukee, WI, obtained a B.S. in chemistry from the Univ- ersity of Wisconsin (1972). He moved to New York City with his wife, Joann, for Medical School at Columbia University (1976). He was an ophthalmologist in private practice in Manhattan for many decades and recently joined Omni Eye Services to continue to see his patients. He was a clinical professor at the New York Medical College, a senior attending surgeon at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, an honorary surgeon of the New York City Police Department, and an officer in the Order of St. John. He also served as a board member of the Museum of Vision and Chairman of the Collections Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. An avid coin collector, Jay was impressively knowledgeable about a broad range of numismatics, but specialized primarily in the coins of Judea and ophthalmology. He was a board member of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society and a past president and member of the Ocular Heritage Society. Dr. Galst served as president of the NY Numismatic Club (1988-1989), board member (1991-2020), and chairman of the board (2001-2020). He was a life fellow of the American Numismatic Society, a life member, judge, and district delegate of the American Numismatic Association, a fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (England), and president of the Bronx Coin Club (1998 - 2006). In 2014, he was awarded the Numismatic Ambassador Award in recognition for his work in promoting the study and appreciation of numismatics. Jay combined his optical and numismatic passions in his co-authored book "Ophthalmologia, Optica Et Visio in Nummis," which provided an extensive history of ophthalmic coins and medals, as well as in a number of articles appearing in numerous ophthalmological and numismatic publications. His many other hobbies included playing a round of golf at Fenway Golf club, going to a concert at the New York Philharmonic, traveling to different countries with his greatest traveling companion, his wife, Joann, and enjoying a good steak and a bottle of red wine over a dinner at the Palm with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joann Paley Galst, son David (Sarah Dailey Galst) Paley Galst, granddaughter Juliana Dailey Galst, mother Phyllis Galst (nee Tannenbaum), sister Terri (Stephan) Frenkel, and a loving extended family, all of whom he adored. Preceded in death by his father, Julian Galst. He will be buried in Second Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. A celebration of his joyful life will be scheduled at a future date. Jay's kind and generous spirit will be remembered with great fondness by his family, friends, and patients, all of whom he loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, please see: www.goodmanbensman.com for further information including memorial contributions.


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Published in New York Times on Apr. 19, 2020.
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August 5, 2020
I just learned of Jay's passing from a mutual patient. I had the opportunity and pleasure of working with Jay years ago at Lincoln Hospital and NY Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was a bright wonderful warm caring person and manifested these attributes as a doctor and surgeon. There are few like him and we are all diminished by his loss. My sincerest sympathy.
Bob Pincus
Coworker
August 1, 2020
Jody Wolfson
April 26, 2020
SIncerest condolences to the family. Dr. Galst was my eye doctor for over twenty years. A gentle soul who will be missed.
Nancy Herard-Marshall
April 23, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Galst and wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family. Dr. Galst was our family eye doctor for many years. We greatly appreciated his expertise, professionalism and the kindness he exuded with his patients. I remember well the conversations I had with him about Wisconsin, a state he loved dearly . We will remember him fondly.
Caroline Pacht-nathan
April 19, 2020
Dr. Galst was a great guy. I did my first cataract operation with him as my professor. He also taught me the art of refraction (prescribing glasses) and patient care. He was always kind to the residents and took us out to lunch frequently. He understood wine and to this day, I still drink one of his favorites, Orvieto. I loved taking to him about his coin collection and how it tied into world history. He frequently bragged about his son being a good baseball player and joked that he had no idea where this talent came from. My wife and I extend our deepest sympathy to the Galst family and we remain in his debt for training me. Joseph Bentivegna MD
Joseph Bentivegna
Student
April 19, 2020
Prominence, dignity and distinction categorized Jay Galst. My heartfelt condolences to Jay's family, extended family and the world of numismatics. I've known Jay for decades on the numismatic side. Like many others, I will miss his knowledge, intelligence, leadership and calming presence.
Scott Travers
April 19, 2020
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE GALST FAMILY FROM A YOUNG MAN WHO RECENTLY ATTAINED THE AGE OF 83 YEARS AND GREW UP IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

WHO DIDN'T KNOW THE HARRY GALST GROCERY STORE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF NORTH AVE. BETWEEN N. 16 - N.1 7TH STREET. BERKOWITZ BAKERY IMMEDIATELY NEXT DOOR, A LADIES HOSERY COMPANY AND A RADIO SALES STORE AND THE FAMOUS JAKES DELI ON THE CORNER OF 17TH STREET. ACROSS THE STREET WAS BAUM'S KOSHER MEAT MARKET AND AT THE OTHER END OF THE BLOCK WAS THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND NATATORIUM, A PUBLIC BATHING PLACE WITH A GIANT SWIMMING POOL AND SHOWERS.

I AM AMAZED & HAPPY THAT PHYLLIS (NEE TANNENBAUM) , THE WIFE OF JULIAN GALST, AND MOTHER OF JAY , IS STILL WITH US. HER FIRST MARRIAGE WAS TO ELY TANNENBAUM, MY MOTHER'S UNCLE, BESSIE SAFER / PINSKER. PHYLLIS MUST BE WELL OVER 100 YEARS, WITH MAZEL.

OF COURSE, I REMEMBER JULIAN ENLARGING THE GROCERY STORE WHEN HARRY WAS NEAR RETIREMENT. THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WAS WHERE MY MOTHER & GRANDMOTHER DID OUR SHOPPING.

AS I SAY TO EVERYONE I KNOW. LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL, IT'S THE REAL THING, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. I'M SHOOTING FOR 105 YEARS.

DONALD H. PINSKER, FORMER VETERAN MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER / INVESTIGATOR, 1962-1980.

RETIRED BROADCAST ENGINEER, THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK, WEST COAST HEADQUARTERS, TELEVISION CITY, HOLLYWOOD / LOS ANGELES, 1982-2005.

STILL SINGING / PERFORMING THE MUSIC OF SINATRA, TONY BENNETT & NAT "KING" COLE, UNTIL THE VIRUS SHUT DOWN LAS VEGAS IN EARLY MARCH.

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April 18, 2020
I was a patient of Dr. Galst for over thirty years. He was a wonderful and caring individual and will be missed. Condolences to his family. Susan Baran NYC
Susan Baran
April 18, 2020
We are saddened to learn of Dr Galsts passing- He cared for our eye health for twenty five years- along with other patients, we mourn- Sheila Rubin/Pauline Shmid
Sheila Rubin
Friend
April 17, 2020
I was shocked and saddened yo learn of Dr. Galst's passing. He was a kind, caring, and wonderful doctor. He cared for me and for my family for over 25 years. I will always remember his kindness, knowledge, and warmth. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
Elissa Weil
Acquaintance
April 17, 2020
I was deeply saddened and am still in shock over the passing of Dr. Galst OBM. I was a patient of Dr. Galst for about 40 years. The first time he treated me, he stepped in for his predecessor, Dr. George Z. Carter, who was unable to keep the appointment. Dr. Galst was a gentle soul: always soft-spoken with a smile.

He was a wonderful doctor. Whatever the problem, I knew he would take care of it. When I had each of my two cataract surgeries at the N.Y. Eye and Ear Infirmary a few years ago, he was there to cheer me on.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Eva Wiener-Monheit
Eva Monheit
April 17, 2020
I was deeply saddened to learn the tragic news of Dr. Galst's OBM passing. I'm still in shock.

I was a patient of Dr. Galst for over 40 years. He treated me for the first time when his predecessor, Dr. George Z. Carter, was unable to keep my appointment.
He was always soft spoken: a gentle soul, always with a smile.

He was a wonderful dr. Whatever the problem, I knew he would take care of it. When I had each of my cataract surgeries a few years ago, he was there at the N.Y. Eye and Ear infirmary to cheer me on.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Eva Wiener-Monheit
Eva Monheit
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