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Herb Oberlander passed away peacefully at home in Gainesville, FL on April 13, 2016. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, he received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He earned his Ph.D. in biology from Case Western Reserve University. After teaching at Brandeis University, Herb moved to Gainesville in 1971 to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service. During his time with the USDA, he served as both laboratory director and center director and was recognized as Outstanding Scientist of the Year. Herb also authored more than 100 research publications on insect endocrinology and tissue culture and served on the governing board of the Entomological Society of America.
Upon retirement from the USDA, he chose to become a massage therapist with a special interest in helping the elderly, and shared his newfound skills at Haven Hospice, Oak Hammock, and Al'z Place. Herb was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel, where he served as President for multiple terms.
Herb was known for his gentle nature, sense of humor, wit, compassion, commitment to social justice, wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests, and long-standing devotion to the Boston Red Sox. Herb's courage in meeting the medical challenges of recent years was inspirational to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara; his sisters, Bea Curtis and Roz Slater (Phil); his son, Jonathan (Krista); his daughter, Beth (Jeff); his granddaughter, Dalia, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 am in the sanctuary of Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida. Interment will follow at B'nai Israel Cemetery on Waldo and University. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605, or Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, PO Box 5086, Gainesville, FL 32627. Please visit Herb's memorial page at
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2016
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