Dr. Michael Posner
1944 - 2016
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Dr. Michael H. Posner
Dr. Michael Harris Posner passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Gettysburg at the age of 72.
Dr. Posner, or "Doc" as his friends affectionately called him, was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 2, 1944. It was his upbringing in New York that fostered his life-long love for the New York Yankees, a love he firmly instilled in his children and grandchildren. Doc left New York to attend college at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master's Degrees in Microbiology. After college, he met Shirley Abraham, they were married six months later on August 22, 1968 in Monticello, NY and began their lives together as he continued his education.
Doc matriculated to medical school, choosing the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, Doc was commissioned as a captain in the United States Army. He was stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Then, in 1976, the Army sent Doc back to New York: he and his family were stationed at West Point, NY, where Doc served as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It was the first year the United States Military Academy admitted women into the school. In addition to his role as Chief of OB/GYN, Doc cherished serving as the Army hockey team's physician.
After honorably serving 14 years of active duty, Dr. Posner joined a private practice in Gettysburg while continuing to serve as an Army reservist. He was called back to active duty in 1990 and served in Operation Desert Storm/Shield. When he returned from Saudi Arabia, Doc worked at Gettysburg Hospital for 30 years as a beloved OB/GYN, delivering hundreds of babies over the course of his career. He also served as a teacher and mentor to many physicians at York Wellspan. Doc had a passion for teaching, and his students gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from his many years as not only a thoughtful, considerate physician, but also a kind, caring person to all he encountered.
Dr. Posner was a distinguished member of the community, actively involved in local sports as a coach and contributor, the Wounded Warriors Project, and the American Legion.
Dr. Posner is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley; and his seven children and their families, Chris and his wife, Diane and their children, Alec, Liza, and Nate of Schwenksville, PA, Matt and his wife, Mary and their children, Amelia, Eleanor, Sarah-Jane, and Teddy of West Point, NY, Jenny and her husband, Avery Soderman and their children, Caroline, Susanna, Sam, Josh, and Jacob of Schwenksville, Jonathan and his wife, Flannery and their son, Mikey of Culver, IN, Kathryn of Frederick, MD, Anna and her husband, Jeremiah Vingsness of Harrisburg, and William and his wife, Beverly and their children, Abraham and Solomon of Gettysburg. He is also survived by his brother, Bruce. He is predeceased by his parents, Jerry and Joann Posner.
Not only will he be remembered for his commitment to our country and his dedicated support and service to his community, Doc will be deeply missed for being a kind, caring, funny, thoughtful, and loving friend, father, and husband.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Christ Chapel on the campus of Gettysburg College with Fr. Lawrence Sherdel officiating. There will be full military honors presented by the Adams County Allied Veteran following the service. The family will receive friends at a reception being held at the Gettysburg Hotel ballroom after the services at the college chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the Posner Family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, the American Legion Post 202, or the VFW Post 15.
The Monahan Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at

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Published in Evening Sun on Nov. 1, 2016.
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February 15, 2017
Just found out that Dr.Posner passed away .He delivered my Son twenty nine years ago. He was a wonderful person and a fabulous doctor. With Fond Memories, Mrs.Wanda VanBrakle
Wanda VanBrakle
November 18, 2016
My best to Mike. Good memories since our first association at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
C. Arnold Curry, M.D., MBA
November 18, 2016
i am very sorry to hear of Michael's death.i met Michael as a medical student in 1968/69 at CCOM;Chicago.he was a fun loving and bright guy with a great sense of humor;always willing to help out a fellow student. i think he had a military career as well. i'm sure he was an excellent physician as well.
stanley kantor
November 17, 2016
Sorry to loose a classmate. Remember Michael as truly one of the good guys.
Gary Meyer, D.O.
November 8, 2016
York Country Club - Resident Holiday Party, Dec 2012
Dr. Posner was a wonderful person. He served as an unforgettable mentor and preceptor during my residency at York Hospital. His smile, humor, words of wisdom and encouragement will be forever remembered. My deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends during this time of bereavement - May God's peace bring you comfort during this time.
Feeling my cheek being pinched between his knuckles even now...
Gone but never forgotten, "FLK" loves you Dr P.
Tina Falika King (TFK)
November 3, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. We are so sorry for your loss.

Love from the Ulmer Family (Chicago, IL)
November 3, 2016
Janis Miller
November 3, 2016
Sincere sympathies. Great and funny man. Wonderful doctor. I enjoyed many visits with him as a patient. Will miss him. He will be an angel watching over all of us
Janis Miller
November 2, 2016
DR P, as we called here at WYHOBGYN, was a very special man. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to the family, but you all must know, he touched many people's hearts.....
November 2, 2016
Deepest condolences to the family, truly a sad day. He was the greatest person and doctor; delivered three of my children. Will be truly missed by all who knew him.
November 2, 2016
My heart goes out to the family. "Doc" was one of the truly "good guys" in this world, a hero in many senses. He brought my son Jarrod into the world and the delivery came with complications. Afterwards he made it a point to spend time with Nancy and I to assure us "all was well".
Later in life we shared PD. He was always there every time we saw each other, to share how "things" were going, what 'meds' we were on and how was I doing. He was there to listen and we were there for each other to talk to, somebody who "really understood". "Doc" was my friend and I will miss him very much.
Timon Linn
November 1, 2016
Welcome Home Dr. Posner
Dr. P was an amazing man and mentor. His never-ending support for the residents and his focus on helping us not just survive residency but thrive during residency was truly inspirational. I will never look back on my residency without thinking about Dr. P's stories and the fun and laughter we shared. My heart and prayers go out to everyone that loved him. We are all better for having had him in our lives and we all mourn the loss of such a wonderful person. My heartfelt sympathy to his family at such a difficult time.
Brandi Ring
November 1, 2016
Shirley and Family,

Doc was one of a kind and will be missed by his many, many friends. Wendell & I feel so honored to be able to call him a friend. Soar high, Doc!!

Wendell & Annette Staub
Annette Staub
November 1, 2016
My deepest sympathies are with you and your family at this time of grieving. May God give you strength and comfort at this tough time. I'm sure that he would want all of us to celebrate the good life that he had. We can all be thankful that we had him in our lives and continue to remember him as the great guy that he was.
Jim and Stephanie Wagner
jim Wagner
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