Ira Melnicoff
1941 - 2015
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Dr. Ira Melnicoff, age 73, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with Lupus. He is survived by his wife Sandra, nee Schmid, and his two children Shara Melnicoff and Jared (Mandy) Melnicoff and granddaughter Halle. In addition he is survived by his step-children Dawn (Caleb) McMahon, Melanie (Robert) Herd and step-grandchildren Jessika Younglove, Dakota Younglove, Brogan McMahon, Mike Herd and Judy Chiu. Ira was born on September 8, 1941 in Washington, DC. He was a graduate of University of Virginia and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his internship at Nassau County Medical Center in New York, he completed his residency and Fellowship in Rheumatology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. After being Chairman of the Department of Rheumatology at CCOM, he entered private practice and joined the staffs of Lutheran General, Holy Family and Northwest Community Hospital's. He was dedicated to practicing medicine and was well respected by colleagues and patients as well. His interests included a love for fishing and a passion for Corvettes and their history. Service Monday 12 noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove. Interment at Shalom Memorial Park. Shiva information at Memorials in his memory can be made to the Lupus Society of Illinois, 525 W. Monroe St. Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60661, . Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Jul. 5, 2015.
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June 14, 2018
I'm not sure if you remember me. My name is Dorothy. My husband Bob would come to my appointments with me. He and Dr. Melnicoff always talked about cars. Especially Corvettes. I would always talk to you while waiting for my appointment. I lost my husband Bob the month before Dr. Melnicoff passed away. My deepest sympathy to you & your family on your loss. May he always rest in peace.
Dorothy Mesh
January 26, 2018
Sandy.... I wanted to express my regards to you and Ira. I was a patient of yours and saddened by the news. He was my favorate Doctor that really cared about me and my health. He was special.
Nick Blake
January 15, 2016
I was saddened to find out the passing of Ira Melnicoff. Ira and I were classmate at thr Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1966 to 1970. That period of my life, as with Ira, was a very exciting and rewarding time. My remembrance of Ira was that of a very intelligent focused individual well liked by his class mates and devotion to his chosen field of medicine. I had great respect for him and was fortunate to know him during those years. I am sure he will be missed by his family and loved ones. My prayers include him. GOD BLESS!
John Paesano
September 11, 2015
Sandy and Family,
I just heard about your loss. My sincere condolences.
Dr. M. was such a blessing to me.


Shirley Reuss
Shirley Reuss
August 22, 2015
john nori
July 9, 2015
Sandy and family, our condolences on your loss. We will miss Ira.

Alex and Teresa Gordon
Alexander Gordon
July 7, 2015
Dr. Melnicoff was the consummate profession. Superb Rheumatologist. He will be greatly missed
James Curran
July 6, 2015
My deepest sympathy to his family. Dr. Melnicoff was one of the best doctors I have ever had, listening to his patients and caring for us. I will never forget asking a question and his drawing a diagram of the anatomy to answer me. It has saddened me to learn of his passing and I wish his family peace.

Celia Kramer
celia kramer
July 6, 2015
Dr. Ira was a great help to those of us new to the field of rheumatology. He always introduced himself and made one very comfortable. He had opinions and voiced them appropriately. Rheumatology patients and the medical community are going to miss him greatly. Strength to the mourners!
Max Harris
July 5, 2015
"The doc" was not only a good doctor but also a great friend. Thoughts and prayers to you, Sandy, Shara and Jared.
Mary Ann Cerny
July 4, 2015
Ira was the best doctor/friend you could ever have. It was my absolute privilege to have been treated by him and to be allowed into his life. He will always be in my heart for helping me achieve my greatest gift, my daughter, through a very rough pregnancy and then making sure I was here to raise her. Thank you for giving up so much of your life for all your patients. Be at peace.
Sandra Rubin
July 4, 2015
Shocked to see this. We have lost a gentleman and a gentle soul. We always had a good time working on cases together. He never had a harsh word for anyone. Farewell, Ira, and God speed.
Ted Zamirowski
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